When purchasing a GPS system it is essential to know what features you need for your enjoyment. Here are some of the key features you should be looking at when deciding which model to buy.
Ability to add maps – This is the ability to add more detailed mapping to your device. By adding OS Mapping at 1:25k and 1:50k levels you are able to enjoy your surroundings in even more detail with topographic features. The mapping also includes thousands of features including accommodation, dining options and local services.
Basemap – A base map is on the majority of handheld GPS units designed for walkers. This offers a basic map which shows your location in relation to your surroundings and helps you to navigate yourself to your destination.
Battery Life – Allows you to have an idea about how long you can use your device without having to recharge or change the batteries.
Waypoints– The ability to log your waypoints and favourite locations means you can return to those little gems you find on your route in the future and with reasonable ease. Different devices allow you to store different numbers of waypoints.
Garmin are the leading producer of handheld GPS units worldwide, with a huge range of units available for a variety of sports. The Garmin 62s is without a doubt the best selling of the range. It is a rugged, waterproof device designed to withstand whatever conditions the mountains can throw at it. Featuring the ability to load OS Explorer and Landranger maps directly onto the device, it is possible to explore your surroundings in extreme details and get an idea of the topographic of the area. The 2.6” Sunlight readable screen is perfect for those bright days on the peaks when glare from snow can be a problem. An Alternative to the GPSMAP 62s is the Garmin Oregon 450. The Oregon 450 is a touch screen GPS with a much higher screen resolution and higher amount of pixels than the 62s. Although it only features 850mb compared to the Garmin 62s’ 1.7gb, the Oregon 450 possesses significant memory to store a large amount of routes, waypoints and maps. The other option to these two is the Montana range. The Garmin Montana 600 is other main competitor to the two options mentioned previously. The Montana 600 features a huge 3.5gb memory, which means you should never run out of space and can store a huge 4000 waypoints. It is touch screen and features the option to use it as a GPS unit for your car. All of the GPS units mentioned above are suitable for Geocaching to help you get the most out of the trails.
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Garmin Oregon 450 - http://www.aboveandbeyond.co.uk/
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