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Garmin Montana 650t (2014)

£490.00

There is a model in the Garmin range of GPS receivers to suit just about every user. The Montana 650t is the ‘bell and whistles’ option. It has a huge, tough screen measuring 5x9cm, and this automatically orientates to portrait or landscape format depending on how you hold the device. For ease of navigation you get a magnetic compass and ...

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Satmap Active 12 (2014)

£325.00

The Satmap Active 12 with its orange buttons is the latest version of the popular Satmap Active 10. The Active 12 benefits from an improved high-resolution screen, meaning that OS mapping is clearer. You can now share routes with other devices via Bluetooth connectivity, and a barometric altimeter has also been added. But the big advantage is the large screen ...

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Suunto Ambit V2 (2014)

£325.00

The Suunto Ambit V2 is a watch with built-in GPS functionality that provides your location, a record of your route and speed of movement while also recording heart rate. The watch is water-resistant to 100 metres so it can be used to record your performance while swimming, as well as running, cycling, skiing or walking. There is a compass, barometric ...

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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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Satmap Active 12 (2013)

£350.00

The Satmap Active 12 is the latest version of the popular Satmap Active 10, a frequent winner of Trail’s ‘Best in Test’ awards. This device benefits from a much-improved high-resolution screen, with twice the pixels of the Active 10, which means OS mapping is extremely crisp and clear. There’s also Bluetooth Smart wireless connectivity, which allows routes to be shared ...

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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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Lowrance Endura Safari (2012)

£381.00

The combination of a touchscreen and button operations makes the Lowrance Endura Safari a unique device that benefits from the best of both systems. The device comes pre-installed with OS 1:50,000 scale mapping covering all of Great Britain, so it is good value for general walking. The buttons are located below the screen rather than around it, and the result ...

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Satmap Active 10 (2012)

£300.00

A frequent winner of Trail ‘Best in Test’ awards, the Satmap Active 10 is a purpose-built GPS receiver for the hillwalker. To that end it is a far more user-friendly device than many, having a large screen, big buttons, a joystick and rubberised housing. The screen is wider than most, rather than long and thin, and this really does help ...

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Magellan Explorist 610 (2012)

£400.00

Magellan introduced a new range of GPS receivers to the UK in 2011 and the Explorist 610 is one of the best for hillwalkers, as it has a digital compass on board. This allows it to point the user in the right direction before they start moving (a more useful feature than you’d assume). This is a touchscreen device that ...

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Memory-Map Adventurer 3500 (2012)

£300.00

A light, compact mapping device with a huge screen. A real bargain: for £300 you get the unit plus GB OS 1:50,000 mapping, with a  licence to use it on five devices, eg computer and smartphone. PC compatibility is seamless. In the field it mostly performed well, but the touchscreen was initially off-kilter and the unit later ground to a ...

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Lowrance Endura Sierra (2012)

£375.00

The Endura is a fairly large and heavy device, yet has a relatively small screen – the one real disadvantage of using buttons, although in this case they work in conjunction with the touchscreen rather than instead of it. Other than this it is great to use, with decent resolution, an easy-to-read Direction of Travel arrow, intuitive, easy menus and ...

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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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SatMap Active 10 (2012)

£370.00

The Active 10 Plus hasn’t changed for the last few years, so it’s starting to look a little dated in comparison with some other models. But it’s still a great performer, with a huge screen and easy-to-use buttons rather than a fiddly touchscreen. The compass page is excellent, and the rechargeable lithium battery holds its charge well enough to complete ...

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Magellan Explorist 610 (2012)

£400.00

A neat-looking device which is notably smaller than the other mapping units, and therefore has a much smaller screen than most. But the screen is clear and easy to read, and the touchscreen controls worked well. It picked up a fix as quickly as any – even indoors. Selecting a waypoint on the mapping is simple, but you need to ...

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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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Lowrance Endura Sierra 2011

£450.00

By offering both touch-screen and keypad operation, the Lowrance Endura Sierra aims to provide the best of both worlds. So you can scroll and zoom the OS mapping by touching the screen or using the buttons, while other functions are accessed via the key pad and touch-screen icons. But I found moving the maps around wasn’t as smooth or as ...

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Magellan Explorist 610 2011

£400.00

The Explorist range marks the return of Magellan to the British outdoor market. There are three products in the range, with the 610 being the most suitable for hillwalkers as it has an electronic compass. This is a touch-screen device and I found the operating system very intuitive straight from the box. You can create routes on-screen quickly, but like ...

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Memory-Map Adventurer 3500 2011

£320.00

Memory-Map is best known for its Trail magazine award-winning mapping software; but the company also makes dedicated GPS devices too – and the Adventurer 3500 is its big-screen option. The feature set is stripped right back to the essentials, so you get a large touch-screen, which is very clear, and this provides a menu of basic functions. But I found ...

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Satmap Active 10 2011

£300.00

While much modern technology has turned to touch-screen operation, the Satmap Active 10 uses what must now be known as ‘old-fashioned’ buttons. On the hill with gloves on, those big buttons make this far easier to operate than any other device here, and as the buttons are spaced around the outside of the housing it’s easier to use than a ...

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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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Magellan Explorist 610

£400.00

A brand new model from one of the big outdoor navigation brands that has been a bit quiet over recent years here in the UK. It’s the middle unit of the series, which essentially means that it comes with a barometric compass, but not road navigation (available on the next model up). Its rounded shape houses a three-inch touchscreen display. ...

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Memory Map Adventurer 3500

£380.00

A touchscreen model with quite a large screen, so allowing you to view a little more of the map. Perhaps the most impressive thing about this unit is the scrolling. There is never any delay when flicking the map. It never really stalls to refresh. The menu is simple with most features accessed from the main mapping page, although it ...

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Lowrance Endura Sierra

£383.00

This is the top-end unit from Lowrance and has been recently overhauled to offer full integration with Mapyx Quo mapping software. The unit tested had full 1:25,000 OS mapping for the entire UK on it, which is perhaps the ideal digital-mapping situation. However, the unit plus this mapping would be prohibitively expensive. In addition to the cost, the amount of ...

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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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