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 when you are trying to follow the on-screen cursor across the map or when you want to create routes. The maps are supplied on memory cards for additional cost depending on the area covered; for example the Ordnance Survey 1:25k and 1:50k for the Lake District is an additional £105. The latest software is fast and smoother than previous versions, and when combined with wind, rain, big gloves and poor visibility this helps to make the Active 10 ideal for when the hill going gets tough. Routes can be easily planned directly into the Active 10, or you can create routes on your PC via www.satmap-expedition.com There is no phone, no camera and no dedicated geocaching functionality, but this in part is why the Satmap Active 10 is best for hillwalkers, rather than other less specific user groups.
Screen 7x5cm colour screen
Batterylife 12 hours
The Satmap Active 10 was the best GPS for hillwalkers in our review.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine October 2012