Garmin Etrex Vista CX

This GPS unit from Garmin beats the competition hands down for PC compatibility – it really is simple. Memory-Map routes can be downloaded from your computer straight to the unit with one mouse-click, and tracklogs can be uploaded back to the mapping software in exactly the same way. The menus are extremely intuitive with plenty of customisable settings, and the small joystick makes navigating around them very quick and easy. Light, small, comfy in the hand and exceptionally easy to navigate with. For complex walks, the ‘Highway’ page gives a good 3D representation of the route and is easy to follow. On simpler journeys, the large screen and easy-to-follow direction arrow are spot-on. It has an electronic compass and barometric altimeter and a removable memory card that can be loaded with more detailed mapping, such as Garmin Mapsource Topo.

Verdict: A perfect walker’s GPS – small and light and incredibly functional. It bristles with features, yet is easy to understand and use at even the most basic level. Its PC compatibility is unrivalled.

Size: 10.7x5.6x3cm

Weight: 156g

Screen: 3.3x4.3cm colour, 176x220 pixels

Battery life: 32 hours on two AAs

Works with: Most software, including Memory-Map and Anquet WAAS/EGNOS-enabled

Routes/waypoints: 50 reversible routes/500 waypoints

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