Garmin Colorado 300*

Thanks to an easy PC interface, downloading routes and uploading tracklogs is a cinch. However, rather annoyingly the unit locks itself when connected to the PC (meaning you can’t carry out other tasks) and switches off when it’s disconnected. The new iPod-style scroll wheel takes getting used to but works well, even with gloves, making navigation through the pages easy. However, the screen is dark and difficult to see in full daylight, and adjusting it is fiddly. Lovely to hold and very functional with an electronic compass and barometric altimeter. Routes are fairly easy to follow via the map or compass pages, or the very graphic 3D page (only available with the optional Topo mapping).

Size: 13.9 x 6 x 3.5cm
Weight: 207g (including batteries)
Screen: Transflective colour TFT, 240 x 400 pixels
Battery life: Up to 15 hours (recommended for use with NiMH batteries)
Routes/waypoints: 50 routes/1,000 waypoints
Works with: Most mapping software; WAAS/EGNOS-enabled
Contact: 02380 524000,
Verdict: Bristles with features and works well enough on the hill. A ready winner in this category.