Gear Review: Garmin Dakota 20

A bargain GPS

When our Colorado tester lost his trail in deep snow, he tapped the color touchscreen and had instant (and dead-on) compass, altitude, and UTM vitals to cross-reference with his paper map. But the truly remarkable thing? This budget-minded, palm-size GPS is $100 cheaper than similar models.

You can record routes and drop-and-drag GPX files onto the unit from your PC or Mac. Includes a world-wide basemap; U.S. topos are $100 extra. $350; 5 oz.; garmin.com