The combination of a touchscreen and button operations makes the Lowrance Endura Safari a unique device that benefits from the best of both systems. The device comes pre-installed with OS 1:50,000 scale mapping covering all of Great Britain, so it is good value for general walking. The buttons are located below the screen rather than around it, and the result is a large device with a relatively small screen – and as you need to access that small screen to make the most of the touchscreen functionality this is a drawback. But once you get the hang of it, the Lowrance Endura Safari does work okay and will get you to the top of the mountain and down again safely, while that big housing is nice and durable. You get a good set of walking features including electronic compass and barometric altimeter, but you also get some more unusual features including an MP3 player, speaker, headphone socket and microphone so you can record notes along the way. The Lowrance Endura Safari is a fully featured device and for the price it offers remarkable value for the hillwalker.
Screen 5.5x4cm colour touchscreen
Battery life 10-15 hours
The Lowrance Endura Safari was the best GPS receiver for multiple features in our review
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine October 2012.