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Best gps for hiking

Updated on March 2, 2013

best hiking GPS units

"What is the best hiking gps and do you really need a hiking gps?" In days gone by many people would use compasses and maps when hiking, however times have changed and technology has moved on somewhat. Technology plays a large part in everyday life and hiking is no different.

Paper maps are obsolete and old hat and are now being overtaken by gps units. Paper maps are large, paper maps are a hassle to handle in bad weather (especially the wind), paper maps rip along the folds and paper maps are simply a hassle. GPS units on the other hand are small, neat, convenient, take up little room and very easy to use.

There are plenty of different hiking gps units available and choosing the perfect one can be a real headache. This lens is dedicated to hiking gps units, so for the best hiking gps check out this lens.

Garmin GPSmap 62 review

Not sure if the Garmin gpsmap 62 is for you or not? Check out this video review to see this GPS device put through its paces.

Garmin Etrex H gps review

If you want video evidence of what the Garmin Etrex H can do take a look at this clip, courtesy of Youtube.

Best gps for hiking - Magellan eXplorist 710

Magellan eXplorist 710 Waterproof Hiking GPS
Magellan eXplorist 710 Waterproof Hiking GPS

The Magaellan eXplorist 710 is one great GPS unit for outdoor use. It is tough, durable, rugged and probably most important of all, fully waterproof. This GPS unit was designed for outdoor use and it fits the bill perfectly.

Even though this is a top end GPS unit it is user friendly and a doodle to get to grips with. The menu is fool proof and you will be and running in no time planning routes.

The Magellan eXplorist 710 comes complete with a video camera and stills camera, which means you can snap away at the magnificient things you come across. Never again will you need to take a separate camera or video camera, which means less things to carry and we all know that less is more when it comes to outdoor pursuits.

If you don’t have a car satellite navigation system the eXplorist 710 can also be used for turn by turn directions, although you will need the right maps (available as an optional extra) to use this feature.

You can also use the eXplorist 710 for cycling and running to geotag locations, however it is larger than specific running specific GPS units and cycling specific GPS units.

All in all this is an excellent outdoor GPS unit that is well worth considering.


Magellan Explorist 710 review

For a video review of the excellent Magellan Explorist 710 check out this footage.

Best gps for hiking - Garmin Montana 600

Garmin Montana 600 Waterproof Hiking GPS
Garmin Montana 600 Waterproof Hiking GPS

The Garmin Montana 600 is reliable, robust and most importantly, fully waterproof. This GPS unit is powered by standard off the shelf AAA batteries, which means there is a readily available supply of fresh batteries should the unit die on you when away from home although with the long battery life this is seldom an issue. There is loads of decent mapping software for this GPS unit, although it is an optional extra, which is as you would expect. All of these features make the Garmin Montana 600 a great GPS unit for all your outdoor pursuits.

The Garmin Montana can also be used as a GPS cycle computer, although you are going to need a specific RAM mount, and as a satellite navigation system for use on motorcycles. A good quality RAM mount is going to be costly, but it is worth every penny unless you have a cycling specific GPS unit or motorcycles satellite navigation system of course.


Garmin Montana 600 review

Check this video clip out for a review on the Garmin Montana 600 GPS unit.

Garmin Dakota

Want to know how to use the Garmin Dakota? Check out this clip for all the information oyu will need.

Even more Hiking gps units

If none of the above take your fancy check out some alternative hiking gps units below. Alternatively, use the Amazon search facility and you will find loads more.

Hiking related books

Believe it or not, hiking can be dangerous. Before you go out hiking it is important you know basic survival skills and can deal with specific issues if things ever go wrong. In reality, the only way to find out what you need to do to stay alive should things go wrong, and more importantly how to prevent things going wrong in the first instance, is to read books.

Below are a small sample of books with the essential knowledge you need before you hit the trails and go out for a hike.

SAS survival skills book

If you like hiking it is always best to be prepared for the worst and make sure you have the skills necessary to stay alive and survive if the poo really does hit the fan. All hikers should have some knowledge of basic survival skills therefore this book is an invaluable read.

Idiots Guide to hiking

No matter how clued up you think you are about hiking there is always something you don't know. Don't believe me? Check out this Idiot's Guide to hiking and I am certain you will learn something new.

Hiking in hot and dry climates

Hiking in hot and dry climates requires a special skill set. If you want to identify these skills and learn how to develop them take a look at this book/

More hiking books

For an even bigger selection of hiking books check out the products below. Alternatively, use the Amazon search facility and you will find even more that may be of interest.

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