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 barometric altimeter, while a 5MP camera allows you to geotag photos to your trip. You can then also share your routes via Garmin Basecamp software to the Garmin Adventures website or via Facebook and Twitter. The housing is waterproof and rubberised, making it ideal for hillgoers. The unit comes with a standard base map, but you’ll need to pay extra for OS mapping on memory cards, which are priced at £60 for OS 1:25,000 of the Lake District.
Screen 6.5x4cm colour screen
Battery life 16 hours
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine October 2014