Toughest Gear: Magellan Meridian

A groundbreaking GPS that just won't break.

We wish we could bring back this discontinued GPS. For years, it was our editors’ go-to device on remote wilderness trips. It provided unrivaled accuracy and satellite acquisition, and it endured so much abuse that we stopped treating it like a piece of electronics. Housed in a rugged rubber-and-plastic shell, the inner computer didn’t freeze up in extreme temperatures or downpours. How much did we trust it?

Map editor Kris Wagner bought eight for our map correspondents, and they thru-hiked every long trail with one. Senior editor Shannon Davis climbed 50 state high points—and continues tracking. Search the web and you’ll find a few still out there.