This GPS unit from Lowrance has limited PC compatibility compared to Garmin models. It is possible to download routes from Memory-Map, but it’s awkward and only the individual waypoints are recognized, so you then need to reconstruct the route by hand. Alternatively, you can simply navigate between the waypoints while you’re walking. Otherwise it’s fairly simple to use – even with gloved hands – courtesy of a joystick-style navigation button. Similar to the Etrex but with a slightly smaller screen, it’s fairly easy to follow, showing both the position of the walker, the next waypoint and the direction arrow. The simple “Mark” and “Find” functions are good, but it lacks a barometric altimeter and electronic compass.
Verdict: A simple, low-priced GPS receiver that’s light and small enough to carry anywhere. It’s easy enough to input data manually, but limited PC compatibility lets it down.
Screen: 2in black and white, 200x140 pixels
Battery life: 48 hours+ on two AAs
Works with: Memory-Map. WAAS/EGNOS-enabled
Routes/waypoints: 100 routes/1,000 waypoints
Contact: 01506 406277; www.silva.ltd.uk