Most of the time when hillwalking you just need a device that will give you a position, help you get to or from a summit or to a footpath that you can more easily follow. To do this the most basic GPS receiver is all you need, and the Garmin eTrex 10 is a perfect example. At only £110 it is a much more cost-effective means of navigating than other devices featured here. Also, as it has only the essential features required to get you from A to B, it is far easier to use than more complex units. There is no mapping here, so you just punch in the grid reference of where you want to go and the device will direct you there (in a straight line!) via an arrow. You can also create routes on Garmin’s Basecamp software and then import them into the device to allow it to navigate you along a specific route. The screen is very small, but as you are not using it to read an on-screen map this is no great problem. A simple joystick allows easy navigation of the functions, while the unit’s tiny size means you can easily stash it in your pack ready for use. Better still, as the screen is not colour, you get far better battery life from the Garmin eTrex 10 than other units. All this adds up to a unit that is easy to stash in a rucksack pocket for emergencies – an option that is ideal when basic functionality is all you need.
Screen 4.5x3.5cm greyscale
Batterylife 25 hours
The Garmin eTrex 10 was the best GPS for basic function in our review.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine October 2012