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Global positioning system for outdoorsman

Updated on March 17, 2013
handheld gps photo from creative commons
handheld gps photo from creative commons

Hand held GPS unit

If you are looking for a hand held GPS unit to use for hiking, hunting, biking, fishing, or any other activity that does not include a car, a hand held is the best type of GPS to get. The hand held units are so much more useful over a wide array of activities. You can get them with mounts for your bike, for your car, you can also get a case to carry the unit on your belt, or mount it in your boat.

They offer a great way to mark your favorite fishing spots, how far and how fast you ride on your bike, how to make sure you can get to a particular place and not get lost when hiking. They are very handy for a lot of things, and are also a gadget that could save your life.

The price of hand held units have come to where anyone can get one. I have a Magellan unit that I have had for about 6 years that still works great. When I got it I paid close to $400 for it, as you can see, for that price you can get several very good units.

Most of the car GPS units can be taken out of the car and used as a portable, but they just aren't as good for a unit that you can easily carry on you.

Garmin etrex waterproof

For a basic low cost hand held gps unit that is waterproof, the Garmin etrex waterproof gets very high ratings from testers and users. The unit is small, light and easy to carry. You can store 500 way points on 20 routes, it can be submerged in up to 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. It will operate in 10 different languages and run for 12 hours on 2 AAA batteries. It will give you correct time, date and has a digital compass.

Garmin Etrex

The Garmin Etrex is a low cost hand held gps unit that will help you keep track of where you are and where you are going so you can find your way back to places you want to remember and also find your way out of the wilderness. This unit will store 500 waypoints on 20 routes for a total of 10,000 points, and will work for 17 hours on 2 AA batteries.

Make sure you can find your way home
Make sure you can find your way home | Source

Magellan Explorist 100

This Magellan hand held gps unit is waterproof, and will store up to 10,000 points on 20 routes so you have more than enough memory for years of storage. It also displays time, date, heading, speed, a compass, and a trip odometer witch is great for using on your bike. The unit is powered by 2 AA batteries for 14 hours per charge. It works in 10 languages so you can use it all over the world, and it only weights 2.1 oz.

Magellan Explorist 210

This is probable the best all around reasonably priced hand held GPS you can get. You can use this for all the outdoor activities and you can use it in your car. It comes with road maps for the U.S, Canada. You can get from Magellan topographic maps, waterway maps and specific area hiking maps that you can download into the units extra 22mb of storage space for maps and expand it to many different uses. The unit also has all the features of the Explorist 100 as well as hunting and fishing tables and sunrise sunset times and lots of other useful information.

Garmin GPS map 76

This is Garmins lowest priced well rated hand held gps unit with maps. It comes with U.S, Canada and some lower detail world maps. There is 8mb of storage room for adding additional maps, but not as much as you would like if you want to cover larger areas. The unit uses 2 AA batteries for power.

Magellan Explorist 710

If you have the money and you want to have the ultimate hand held GPS with all the bells and Whistles, this is it. This unit comes with all the maps pre loaded that you will likely need for anything you want to do. It has a touch screen, a 3.2 mp camera so you can take pictures with GPS tags so you will always know exactly where they were taken. It is waterproof and shockproof, it has a barometric altimeter and a 3 axis electronic compass to name a few benefits. Go look at the Amazon description for all the cool things it will do. The unit will be available in October 2010.

A great way to mark you favorite fishing spots
A great way to mark you favorite fishing spots | Source


These are the units that I am familiar with and that are highly rated from users on Amazon and also highly rated from C net. They will all be very useful for getting you in and out of places and marking where you want to remember and could very possibly save your life in remote hiking area. It's also great to be able to get back to the exact hunting or fishing spot with ease. If you want a unit that you can use for biking, make sure that it has a trip odometer on it. Try one out and have some fun in the outdoors.

Check out how to choose a GPS for your car.

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