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Backpacker Magazine – December 2007
Whether you're a backpacker, dayhiker, geocacher, runner, or cyclist we have a GPS unit for you.
I am a
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
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.
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.
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