Magellan eXplorist 100

This GPS unit from Magellan is very basic, tough, rugged and black and white, at a very affordable price. There’s no PC compatibility at all, though. It will give you an accurate grid reference on your exact position, and you can also input a route by hand. If all you want from a GPS is something to carry in your pack in case you need help with a difficult route, or the weather turns bad, this is well worth a look. It’s small and light enough to forget about, even for the most committed lightweight traveller, yet it could save your life one day.

Verdict: Buy one if you really don’t want all the bells, whistles and computer compatibility of a more expensive GPS unit, but do see a GPS as a useful safety aid in the mountains.

Size: 12.5x8.5x2.6cm

Weight: 235g

Contact: 00800 62435526; www.magellangps.com