Hiking GPS

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    Hiking GPS

    So, working two jobs and finishing a Master's degree has left me pretty sedentary for the last couple of years. I have gained more weight that I care to admit as a result. My New Year's resolution is to get back down to a more healthy weight. Hiking is the best activity for me and is something that I can stick to. My question to you all is whether or not you use a hiking type GPS and if so, what make and model?

    Thanks in advance for the replies!

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    Personally I like Garmin products.

    Edited to add: My major one is a Garmin Montana 650T, my iPhone works pretty good too. BTW there are running/biking apps that actually leave a trail (bread crumbs) to show where you ran.
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    I use one. It is the magellan explorist 310.

    Magellan GPS - eXplorist 310 North America

    I use it for hiking and geocaching. It works well, and is very easy on the batteries.
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    I have a Garmin Oregon 450 that I use for hunting. It has a satellite view function that makes it worth its weight in gold.
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    I have an old garmin foretrex, works well. I think they're a lot slimmer these days.

    Amazon.com: Garmin Foretrex 301 Waterproof Hiking GPS: GPS & Navigation

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    GPS is useful but I like a good old map and compass system; no batteries required.
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    I also have a Garmin however I enjoy reading the map and using a compass. You may try finding orienteering events if you like map and compass or geocacheing if your insisting on using a GPS. I enjoy adventure racing which encompasses mountain biking, orienteering, trail running, kayaking, and ropes using only a map and compass.
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    Garmin would be my vote, I also like a map and compass.

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    You can't beat the map and compass as this does not require batteries or satellites. It's a great skill to master! If you have any questions about plotting grid points or maps in general please feel free to ask.

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    Garmin etrax 20.. I trail ride my horses alot and i always take my garmin and a good compass..

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    I can see where an old fashioned style compass would be handy. GPS's have additional features that are desirable. A manual compass will be added to my list since they are not all that expensive. What's the deal with the ones that have mirrors?

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    I use a good topo map and a Silva Ranger compass. I don't like to depend on electronics for navigation. Of course, I also avoid bushwacking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by halem1 View Post
    I can see where an old fashioned style compass would be handy. GPS's have additional features that are desirable. A manual compass will be added to my list since they are not all that expensive. What's the deal with the ones that have mirrors?

    The compass with the mirror allows you to see the dial and the background at the same time. This allows you to accurately align yourself to your target and acquire your bearing.
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    If you have a smart phone-Android or iPhone-there is an app called Maverick: GPS Navigation. It's really cool. I haven't learned all the ins/outs, but so far so good for me. I use it on my walks with my wife and hikes with my wife and kids. Here is a link to an app description by the developers: Maverick for Google Android - Code Sector
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    I really like the Garmin 60 & 62 series. Incredible acquisition, even inside.....somehow. I still carry a compass in areas that I'm a bit familiar with. I haven't busted brush in a large range of unknown territory for some time. Take a topo and a compass and learn along the way perhaps. Just don't go too deep until you've got your bearings, pun intended.
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