Pocket GPS recommendations

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cipherdias

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Jan 1, 2014
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Morning all

I'm after a pocket GPS to use for hiking. Don't have a fortune to spend and happy to consider a second hand one. What do your recommend and why?

Thanks in advance


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Broch

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Jan 18, 2009
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Sorry, the only dedicated GPS I have is installed in the Defender and even then it's really a Sat Nav as part of the entertainment system.

Why a dedicated GPS? I use Memory Map on my iPhone which gives me position to within a few metres and I can pre-load 1:25K maps for the area I'm going to. Actually, I now have about 75% of the UK on my phone and, as long as I have a connection, it will download anything that's missing.

I appreciate there is concern about privacy using Google maps but there are loads of alternatives and many will operate without a network connection.

I guess my point is why carry two devices if your phone has a GPS satellite receiver (not all do admittedly)? what are the advantages of a dedicated GPS that makes it worth having another thing in your pocket?
 

cipherdias

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Jan 1, 2014
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Sorry, the only dedicated GPS I have is installed in the Defender and even then it's really a Sat Nav as part of the entertainment system.

Why a dedicated GPS? I use Memory Map on my iPhone which gives me position to within a few metres and I can pre-load 1:25K maps for the area I'm going to. Actually, I now have about 75% of the UK on my phone and, as long as I have a connection, it will download anything that's missing.

I appreciate there is concern about privacy using Google maps but there are loads of alternatives and many will operate without a network connection.

I guess my point is why carry two devices if your phone has a GPS satellite receiver (not all do admittedly)? what are the advantages of a dedicated GPS that makes it worth having another thing in your pocket?

I totally get your point but using my phone as a GPS on long walk runs the battery down quite a bit so I would prefer to have something seperate


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cipherdias

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Ideally looking for something I can create a route on the PC and upload to it with waypoints etc. Also the ability to tag points if interest while walking would be good


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gra_farmer

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Mar 29, 2016
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Morning all

I'm after a pocket GPS to use for hiking. Don't have a fortune to spend and happy to consider a second hand one. What do your recommend and why?

Thanks in advance


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What is your budget? The older garmin etrex/vista/legend still go around the £40 - £70 range. And for what you want to do, you may need to go higher....

But you could have what you want around the £40 mark, but and windows ce PDA that has GPS, and upload a software program like arcpad.

Then a simple case of removing the sd card and uploading what you want. The main gamble is getting a good condition old pda
 

Paul_B

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Jul 14, 2008
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Breadcrumb trail, arrow turns, basic or full map?
Take a look at this site, not just this link but the rest of the free training. If you find what you want them buying from them gets you free access to all their premium online training pages. Contacting them directly they'll give you good advice too.

GPS Training
 

cipherdias

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Jan 1, 2014
400
162
Wales
What is your budget? The older garmin etrex/vista/legend still go around the £40 - £70 range. And for what you want to do, you may need to go higher....

But you could have what you want around the £40 mark, but and windows ce PDA that has GPS, and upload a software program like arcpad.

Then a simple case of removing the sd card and uploading what you want. The main gamble is getting a good condition old pda

Well if you ask She Who Must Be Obeyed she will say about £50 but I'm thinking maybe up to £120


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gra_farmer

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Mar 29, 2016
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Kent
For £120 I would get a second hand trimble nomad, find arcpad 7.1 online as a download, and your off.

I bought a magellen mobile mapper for £400 in good condition 7 years ago, and have never looked back. That GPS computer is still used today for my survey work and is priceless to me.
 

fenix

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Jul 8, 2008
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Kent
I use an old android phone and the OS app, not got a simcard installed and turn all the unwanted stuff off to save battery. The OS app allows you to save maps to the phone and you get a choice of maps. Also a 7 day free trial. Carry a batterybank and use a waterproof case.

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Robson Valley

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Nov 24, 2014
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It isn't open country here. Different strategy needed. Make photocopies of the map. Carry 2 or 3.
Buy a very good compass (Brunton, Silva, etc.). Off you go with no batteries included.
Commonly, there's only one logging road in each valley. Learn which direction that is.
Cell phones and GPS don't work in the narrow side valleys.
I enjoy retracing my steps, year after year. The old familiar landmarks. New harvested blocks over the winter.
 

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Billy-o

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I have a phone and a Garmin Oregon ... much easier to keep up to date w/batteries than faffing with a charger (is my opinion). You can always get them second hand to try and then decide what you want to do later for a more permanent kind of buy.

I still prefer a map though. :)
 

Allans865

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Might be worth checking out Gumtree for your local area. Looked on mine (Glasgow) and there were loads of older model ones for sale for around the £30-£70 mark.

Hope this helps

ATB

Allan

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lostplanet

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I started with a Garmin Etrex H which is very basic but it did use to connect to google earth with the right cable. The last time i tried i could not get it to work so looked for a new one. Still useful as a grid reference position finder. The H model is slightly better in woodland areas.

After that I got the Etrex 20x. I got some free UK map downloads for it and I like it. Its very small screen is a little irritating(after a pixel 3aXL) but the battery life is good, reception is good and quick, connects to my laptop for trails and routes. Ive used it for Geocaching and had great success. Very easy to load GPX compared to the Etrex H. I paid about £130.

Negs about the 20x. lots of bloat that I would never use. The compass will only give direction whilst on the move. The joystick protrudes too much which means if in you pocket it wakes/triggers all sorts of other things to happen unwantedly. An easy fix is to leave the screen on compass. I used it up snowdon this year with a trail downloaded from a website and it was fault less. If you get one do get a decent screen protector because they do tend to scratch quite easily. Always start with fresh batteries as the life gauge isnt that great.
 

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