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 it fits into a rucksack hipbelt pocket easily, while its waterproof and rubberised housing protects it from typical hill abuse. The operating system is extremely user-friendly, while the screen displays OS mapping beautifully. The £320 unit comes with a standard base map, but you will need to pay extra for OS mapping – but buying it pre-loaded with Garmin GB Discoverer (effectively OS 1:50,000 maps) for the whole of Great Britain for £370 offers outstanding value. You can also buy mapping on memory cards, with Lake District OS 1:50,000 and 1:25,000 maps at £130. You can store 4 million geocaches in this unit, while you can also save trip data to your mobile phone or Garmin’s Cloud storage facility. You can share your routes via Garmin Basecamp software to the Garmin Adventures website, or via Facebook and Twitter. This makes the Garmin Oregon 600 a clever device that will suit a wide range of walkers.
Screen 6.5x4cm colour screen
Battery life 16 hours
The Garmin Oregon 600 is the best GPS for advanced features in our review.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2013