Garmin Oregon 300

The Oregon is a sleek device with lovely clean lines due to the lack of buttons – it’s activated solely by touch-screen. The screen is a good size and it runs Ordnance Survey mapping by means of the new Garmin GB Discoverer mapping (£130 for a single national park at 1:25,000 scale, or £80 for all national parks in a bundle at 1:50,000), although there’s a limited selection available with no tailor-made options at the moment. In the hills it works well, but the touch screen isn’t easy to use with gloves on. Battery life is a little shorter than some, although a pair of AAs are easy to change.


Size: 11.4 x 5.8 x 3.5cm
Weight: 192g
Routes/waypoints: 50 routes/1,000 waypoints
WAAS/EGNOS-enabled: Yes
PC/Mac-compatible: PC only
Works with: Most software including Memory-Map
Other features: Electronic compass, barometric altimeter, OS mapping (optional extra)
Battery type/claimed life: 2xAA/16hrs 
Contact: 0808 238 0000

First published in Country Walking August 2009