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Backpacker Magazine – Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2010

Gear Review: Magellan eXplorist GC

Geocaching just got easier with this palm-size GPS unit.

by: Kim Phillips

Magellan eXplorist GC (Courtesy Photo)
Magellan eXplorist GC (Courtesy Photo)

Stay Found
With these GPS devices and Apps
You wouldn’t carry an expedition-size pack on a dayhike. And now you don’t have to use a hiking-specific GPS for geocaching. The eXplorist GC works seamlessly with geocaching.com to give treasure hunters a quick and comprehensive resource for finding the million-plus active caches around the world. Even better: You don’t have to be a veteran.

The GC is a beginner’s dream, with a four-button design and intuitive menu navigation. After searching for a cache using the site’s zip-code finder, our novice sent the coordinates to the unit with one click, followed the green course line to a nearby park, then zeroed in on the prize using the colored basemaps and icons. The palm-size unit stores up to 10,000 geocaches, 500 waypoints, and a 5,000-point tracklog.

Caveat: No topo maps for backcountry caches, and the standard compass only shows accurate directions when you’re walking. $200; 6 oz.; magellangps.com




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Howard Hayden
Dec 16, 2010

Magellan has been wonderful and helpful to me! And the National Geographic TOPO! technicians have spent lots of time helping me with my downloads for the GPS units. The nice, young folks in the Phillipėnes are patient and can follow your problems step by step, and speak very good English and really understand the products. I suspect you are not connecting to the right people or numbers--I use a land-line and expect to spend some time to get everything corrected. I am loyal to these folks because they are so helpful to me and to my Boy Scouts. Try again!

Pete
Nov 02, 2010

Wouldn't buy a Magellan for any reason. Terrible customer service.

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