Many hillwalkers use mapping software to create and store routes, then transfer the data between their computer and handheld GPS. Memory-Map is best-known for its range of computer mapping software, but it also makes compatible GPS receivers. The Memory-Map Adventurer 3500 GB Edition is the big brother of the Adventurer 2800 (£180), with size of screen being the difference between the two units. Both come in a GB edition that includes full OS 1:50,000 mapping, plus software you can load to your computer for route planning. You can also create routes on the device itself, so you’re getting a complete desktop and handheld package for £270 without the need to buy extra maps, software or devices. The Adventurer 3500 has a touch-screen operating system that’s built into a rubberised waterproof housing, designed to take a few knocks. The operating system isn’t quite as intuitive as some other devices, but once you get to know it, it performs well. You can also add in-car satnav (£100) if you want this as your only navigational device. But if you want to save cash and don’t mind a smaller screen, the Adventurer 2800 offers the same functions for £90 less.
Screen 7x5.5 colour screen
Battery life 10-12 hours
The Memory-Map Adventurer 3500 GB Edition is the best GPS for online compatibility in our review.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2013