The Satmap Active 12 is the latest version of the popular Satmap Active 10, a frequent winner of Trail’s ‘Best in Test’ awards. This device benefits from a much-improved high-resolution screen, with twice the pixels of the Active 10, which means OS mapping is extremely crisp and clear. There’s also Bluetooth Smart wireless connectivity, which allows routes to be shared between two devices, as well as allowing heart rate monitor and bike cadence devices to communicate with it. A barometric altimeter has also been added for more accurate altitude data, and this new model retains the large screen and big buttons that make it so much more hill-friendly than other devices. Like the Active 10, the maps are supplied on memory cards for an additional cost depending on the area covered. You can purchase the Active 12 including Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 mapping to cover all of Great Britain for £450, and add Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 for the Lake District at an additional £105. Routes can be planned directly into the device, or you can create them at www.satmap-xpedition.com There’s no touch-screen, no phone and no camera, but this in part is why the Satmap Active 12 is so good for hillwalkers. If you want to save some cash, and can live with slightly less features and gadgets, then the Active 10 remains a good option.
Screen 7x5cm colour screen
Battery life 12 hours
The Satmap Active 12 is the best GPS for UK hillwalking in our review.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2013