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Backpacker Magazine – Fall Gear Guide 2009
This sturdy GPS device is only $300 and comes loaded with topos.
The PN-30 hits a sweet spot in the balance between price, navigation-ready maps, and ruggedness. It comes preloaded with 1:100K topos, and testers reported strong satellite signals even in dense underbrush. An extra $30 per year provides unlimited access to USGS quads, nautical charts, and aerial images (the latter helped one Colorado tester avoid a sketchy cliffband).
The plastic body survived a four-foot drop, but at 1.5 inches thick–the bulkiest here–it felt clunky in small hands. Runs on two AA batteries. $300; 5.4 oz.; delorme.com