Garmin Dakota 20

Billed by Garmin as an entry-level GPS, the Dakota is actually incredibly functional; and it’s also very small and very light. But the £290 price tag might put a lot of first-time buyers off, especially as they may need to spend another £100+ on mapping. It’s small, but has the benefit of displaying optional Ordnance Survey mapping on its screen (£130 for a national park at 1:25000 or £80 for all national parks at 1:50000). It relies on touch-screen for all functions, and again this works well even in gloves. And the data transfer is even easier. Following a route proved simple and the battery life was excellent – helped no doubt by the excellent battery-saving mode that switches the screen off after a preset time. A great device but a lot of money, especially when compared to some.

VITAL STATS
Size: 5.5x10x3.3cm
Weight: 150g
Routes/waypoints: 50 routes; 1,000 waypoints
WAAS/EGNOS-enabled: Yes
PC/Mac-compatible: Both
Works with: Most software including Memory-Map
Features: Electronic compass, barometric altimeter, OS mapping (optional extra)
Battery type/claimed life: 2xAA/20hrs
Contact: 0808 238 0000; www.garmin.co.uk