The Magellan Explorist 110 is an affordable GPS that provides the most essential features. It’s small enough to fit easily into a rucksack hipbelt pocket and has a colour screen, plus an easy-to-use operating system driven by four buttons and a joystick. The device comes preloaded with a World Edition map that looks great on screen, but you can’t load OS-style maps with contour lines, so when you step off the road the screen displays a sea of green. As a result, you’ll need to input routes from your computer or punch in grid references to create a route. As so many people use mapping software on their computer, this isn’t a major problem and you can store 25 routes on the device, which should be more than enough for a great walking adventure. You can also download up to 500 geocaches, and view more than 20 unique characteristics of each cache to help you find them. As the unit is housed in a waterproof and rubberised material, it’s more than capable of withstanding day-to-day life on the hill. So as long as you don’t need OS mapping, the Magellan Explorist 110 is ideal for your basic navigational needs.
Screen 3.4x4.5cm colour screen
Battery life 18 hours
The Magellan Explorist 110 is the best GPS for basic function in our review.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2013