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Backpacker Magazine – December 2007

Smart Chart: Find Your Perfect GPS Unit

Whether you're a backpacker, dayhiker, geocacher, runner, or cyclist we have a GPS unit for you.

by: Kris Wagner

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Garmin extrex Venture HC, Mitch Mandel
Garmin extrex Venture HC, Mitch Mandel
Garmin 60Cx, Mitch Mandel
Garmin 60Cx, Mitch Mandel
Garmin Forerunner 305, Morgan Miller/De Frisco Studio
Garmin Forerunner 305, Morgan Miller/De Frisco Studio
Nextel Motorola i880, Morgan Miller/De Frisco Studio
Nextel Motorola i880, Morgan Miller/De Frisco Studio

I am a…Geocacher
Features wanted: light weight, go-to navigation, intuitive interface

The Nextel Motorola i880 is a music player and 2MP still camera with a cool surprise: Load it with Geocache Navigator (geocachenavigator.com; $7/month), and via the cell network the phone accesses a database that locates caches, including those nearest you. It then wirelessly reports the treasures you've found on geocaching.com. Rechargeable battery. $229 (with plan); 4 oz.

I am a…Runner or Cyclist
Features wanted: fitness and training tools, online logs

Run
Capture all the detailed map data of a handheld GPS on the Garmin Forerunner 305, a lightweight wrist unit and heart rate monitor. The 1.3-inch screen is a bit bulky on the arm but reading your average pace and distance is easy on the run. Rechargeable battery. $323; 2.7 oz.

Bike
The Garmin Edge 305 not only maps your ride, it's also your onboard personal trainer, reporting pedal cadence, speed, and heart rate. Included accessories: handlebar mount, a wireless sensor to measure pedal rotation, and free software to closely analyze your performance (calories burned, speed, heart rate) compared to the terrain (altitude, elevation gain and loss). Rechargeable battery. $379; 3 oz.

Do both for less
With the Sanyo SCP-7050, no wires or degree in GPS needed. Download AllSportGPS (allsportgps.com; $6/month) onto this rugged, GPS-enabled Sprint phone. Record your workouts, along with route, speed, elevation, and calories burned, then wirelessly send them to online maps in your personalized training log. Rechargeable battery. $99 (with phone plan); 4.1 oz.

Contact
Bushnell: (800) 423-3537; bushnell.com
DeLorme: (800) 561-5105; delorme.com
Garmin: (800) 800-1020; garmin.com
Magellan: (866) 339-0488; magellangps.com
Motorola: (866) 289-6686; motorola.com
Sanyo: (818) 998-7322; sanyo.com


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