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Garmin Oregon 600 (2013)

£320.00

Garmin makes a huge range of GPS receivers, and the Oregon 600 is another that benefits from a touch-screen, barometric altimeter and wireless Bluetooth data transfer. The 600 is the standard version in the series, but you can add a camera and more memory by opting for a more high-spec model. This unit is a good size for hillwalkers, as ...

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Garmin Fenix (2013)

£350.00

When it comes to GPS watches, Garmin was there first – so you could expect its latest offering to be at the sharp edge of design and innovation. The Fenix is a little bit more brutal-looking than the similarly loaded Suunto Ambit2, but whether this is a good or bad thing depends entirely on personal taste, as both watches are ...

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First test: Garmin Fenix (2013)

£350.00

Technology follows trends. At one time mobile phones were getting small enough to fit inside a matchbox, yet now the shops are full of smartphones the size of a slice of bread. Garmin has plotted the same course with its 4in screen hand-held Montana models, but it’s still working at the opposite end of the scale to produce the Fenix, ...

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Garmin Montana 600 (2012)

£430.00

The Montana is a huge device, with a very large screen too. It’s a delight to use, with intuitive menus and a touchscreen that even performed well in the rain and with gloves on. It runs on a rechargeable lithium-ion battery or 3 AAs – a really useful feature if you’re on a multi-day walk with no charging facility. PC ...

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Garmin Montana 650t 2011

£550.00

The Garmin Montana 650t is designed to be rugged, portable and versatile so it can be used in the hand, on a bike and in a car as a conventional satnav system. But for hillwalkers the main appeal is the huge 4-inch colour screen as it allows the user to clearly see around 6 square kilometres of OS 1:50k mapping ...

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Garmin GPSMAP 62ST

£399.00

A high-end unit with traditional controls from Garmin. Next to the touchscreen models it can feel a little old fashioned, although its capabilities are far from outdated. The menu system can be a little bit awkward to get used to initially, with so many buttons, but after a little playing around, control is very straightforward with the main menu system ...

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Garmin Montana 650T

£550.00

With the Montana series of GPS units, Garmin have managed to close the loop between outdoor GPS units, car sat navs and marine navigation devices. The idea is that (with the correct attachments) you can use one unit to drive to the hills or the water as well as navigate through them when you get there. Other Garmin units do ...

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Garmin Montana 650t 2011

£550.00

GPS technology has come a long way in recent years. Touch-screens that display Ordnance Survey mapping are now standard issue, but Garmin’s Montana 650t has a massive 4 inch screen and is billed as the ultimate in touch-screen hand-held devices. So what makes it so special, and does it offer the walker anything new?The Montana has been designed to be ...

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Garmin Oregon 450T

£400.00

A sleek and lightweight receiver that comes with the benefit of optional Ordnance Survey mapping (£130 for a national park at 1:25000 or £80 for all national parks at 1:50000). All the functions are operated by the touch-screen, which keeps it simple and works well, even with gloves, and as usual for Garmin, the transfer of data is incredibly simple. ...

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Garmin GPSmap 62st 2010

£400.00

Garmin has been at the forefront of GPS (Global Positioning System) technology since the early Nineties. However, the company’s recent touchscreen Oregon series was perhaps a low point compared to some more dedicated outdoor GPS receivers. But Garmin could be back on course with the latest GPSmap 62st, which promises much greater performance while displaying the now obligatory OS mapping ...

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Garmin Oregon 550t 2010

£480.00

During 2009 Garmin introduced a range of GPS receivers that feature OS mapping and touch-screen operation. The Garmin 550t boasts a 3.2 megapixel camera with geo-tagging so you can easily locate exactly where a photo was taken. The unit can be loaded with OS mapping via an SD card. DesignThe smooth, curvy housing sits easily in the hand with just ...

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Garmin Oregon 300

£350.00

The Oregon is a sleek device with lovely clean lines due to the lack of buttons – it’s activated solely by touch-screen. The screen is a good size and it runs Ordnance Survey mapping by means of the new Garmin GB Discoverer mapping (£130 for a single national park at 1:25,000 scale, or £80 for all national parks in a ...

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Garmin Oregon 300 2009

£330.00

In-car satnav is now so common that the humble road atlas is more often than not stashed away alongside the spare tyre, the red triangle and the rusty jump leads just in case there’s an emergency. These days a rolling road display with a polite voice instructing the driver when to turn off is how many of us travel the ...

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Garmin Colorado 300*

£350.00

Thanks to an easy PC interface, downloading routes and uploading tracklogs is a cinch. However, rather annoyingly the unit locks itself when connected to the PC (meaning you can’t carry out other tasks) and switches off when it’s disconnected. The new iPod-style scroll wheel takes getting used to but works well, even with gloves, making navigation through the pages easy. ...

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Garmin Colorado 300 GPS (2008)

£400.00

When it comes to navigating, I’ve always steered clear of GPS. They present two fundamental problems: instructions (which I can’t be bothered to read) and batteries (which I don’t want to buy or carry). Then they have a habit of losing contact with satellites when you need them most. And, let’s face it, the outdoors is the very place to ...

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Garmin GPS Map60CS

£524.00

This GPS receiver is packed with useful features. Firstly it comes built into a very robust rubberised casing that is also waterproof and really built for the rough and tumble of the outdoors. You get easy-to-use buttons and a very large screen that is very easy to read and it is also in colour. To help navigation there is a ...

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Garmin GPS Map 60Cx

£399.00

This GPS unit from Garmin is great to use from the off. The actual GPS receiver can be turned off for indoor tasks, such as linking it to a PC. The big colourful screen is very easy to read, the menus intuitive and the pages easy to follow and customise. PC interface is also really simple. It’s superb, whether you’re ...

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Garmin Etrex Vista CX

£300.00

This GPS unit from Garmin beats the competition hands down for PC compatibility – it really is simple. Memory-Map routes can be downloaded from your computer straight to the unit with one mouse-click, and tracklogs can be uploaded back to the mapping software in exactly the same way. The menus are extremely intuitive with plenty of customisable settings, and the ...

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