Lowrance Ifinder GO2

Has limited PC compatibility via a serial port cable (not supplied). Routes can be planned on Memory-Map, but only the waypoints can be downloaded, which means the route has to be constructed manually on the GPS before it can be followed – quicker than doing the whole job by hand, but very clunky compared to some units. Outdoors, it’s nice to use with a good-sized joystick control that works well, even with gloves on. Despite its rather ‘plasticky’ appearance, the Go2 is a rugged unit that was a pleasure to use once the route was ready to follow. The black and white screen is quite small, but clear. I like the fact that, in navigation mode, it depicts the walker and the next waypoint, as well as the necessary direction of travel, which gives you confidence everything is working properly. It is quick to pick up a fix and didn’t lose the signal easily either.

VITAL STATS
Size: 13.1 x 5.4 x 3.1cm
Weight: 152g (including batteries)
Screen: 5cm 16-level grey scale monochrome Film SuperTwist
Battery life: Up to 50 hours on two AAs
Routes/waypoints: 100 routes/1,000 waypoints
Works with: Memory-Map; WAAS/EGNOS-enabled
Contact: 01794 510010, www.lowrance.com
Verdict: This is the unit to buy if all you want is a ‘get out of jail free’ card to play when the clag comes down. An invaluable safety aid at a great price.