Magellan introduced a new range of GPS receivers to the UK in 2011 and the Explorist 610 is one of the best for hillwalkers, as it has a digital compass on board. This allows it to point the user in the right direction before they start moving (a more useful feature than you’d assume). This is a touchscreen device that is slightly smaller than many others here. You can create routes on-screen pretty easily, although its smaller dimensions make this slightly more of a challenge than other bigger units. The software is easy to use and we like the addition of a ‘vibrating’ off-course signal when navigating. As with other units you can also create routes on your PC, via Magellan’s Vantage Point software, and Ordnance Survey mapping can be loaded via memory cards such as 1:50k Northern England for £80. Overall this is a well-designed unit, but its smaller size is a drawback when battling through wind and rain; and while touchscreens are very good, when wearing gloves a button and joystick are easier to use. However, use this for more general walking away from the worst weather and it is an excellent device.
Screen 6.5x4cm colour touchscreen
Battery life 16 hours
The Magellan Explorist 610 was the best GPS receiver for general walking in our review.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine October 2012