The Best Outdoor GPS Handhelds 2017

4 Top Picks

The mapping specialist for individualists

The comfortable allrounder for many outdoor activities

The specialist für multi-day and multi-week trips

The allrounder with excellent GPS reception

Satmap Active 12

 

Garmin Oregon 600

 

Garmin eTrex 30x

 

Garmin GPSmap 64s

Satmap Active 12 - mapping specialist for individualists

Satmap Active 12 – Pros

  • Large 3.5″ High-Res Screen, perfect for reading maps
  • Glove-friendly interface
  • All essential navigation features
  • Unique features (e.g. red filter)
  • Barometric Altimeter
  • Custom user profiles
  • Bluetooth 4.0 for sensor support and route sharing
  • Excellent raster map selection
  • Complete bundle
Satmap Active 12 – Cons
  • No 3-Axis compass
  • Only IP65 weather-resistant
  • GPS receiver performance after device power up

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Garmin Oregon 600 - allrounder for many outdoor activities

All Garmin Oregon 600 – Pros

  • Excellent display readability
  • Perfect display size
  • Easy to use touchscreen
  • Full range of navigation functions
  • Barometric altimeter and 3-Axis electronic compass
  • ANT+ for data exchange and sensor support
  • Profiles for user interface customizations and device settings
  • Good battery life
  • Very fast satellite signal reception
  • Excellent map selection (free, commercial, worldwide)
  • Large range of accessoires
All Garmin Oregon 600 – Cons
  • Not really

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Garmin eTrex 30x - specialist für multi-day and multi-week trips

Garmin eTrex 30x – Pros

  • Weight and size, fits in most pockets
  • Excellent battery life (Lithium batteries!)
  • Excellent high-resolution display
  • Plenty of memory (but …, see below)
  • Glove friendly interface
  • Full range of navigation functions (except some Garmin Active Routing features)
  • Barometric altimeter and 3-Axis electronic compass
  • Very fast satellite signal reception
  • Profiles for user interface customizations and device settings
  • ANT+ for data exchange and sensor support
  • Excellent map selection (free, commercial, worldwide)
  • Large range of accessoires
Garmin eTrex 30x – Cons
  • Interface takes some time to get used to
  • Small screen size
  • Sluggish when zooming and panning maps
  • Restricted internal memory (except you copy the preinstalled map to your laptop and delete it on the eTrex)

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Garmin GPSmap 64s - allrounder with excellent GPS reception

Garmin GPSmap 64s – Pros

  • Excellent and very fast GPS reception
  • Connector for external GPS antenna
  • Excellent display
  • Great battery life
  • Glove friendly button interface
  • Full range of navigation features
  • Barometric altimeter and 3-Axis electronic compass
  • ANT+ for data exchange and sensor support
  • Profiles for user interface customizations and device settings
  • Smartphone connectivity via Bluetooth
  • Smart notifications
  • Excellent map selection (free, commercial, worldwide)
  • Large range of accessoires
Garmin GPSmap 64s – Cons
  • Getting used to the interface
  • Small display
  • Quite bulky, because of the helical antenna

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The Best Outdoor GPS Handhelds 2016 & 2017 – All Pros & Cons was last modified: April 21st, 2017 by Joachim Bardua

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