Best Hiking GPS In 2019

Posted: Jan 23 2019, 12:14pm CST | by , in Technology News

Best Hiking GPS in 2019
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When you're looking for a new handheld GPS for your next hike, you've got plenty of excellent options to choose from.

Hiking in the wilderness can be an exhilarating way to experience nature, but no matter how much you want to leave civilization behind for a while, no one wants to get lost in the woods. A map and compass can get you where you're going, but if you haven't learned that skill or have forgotten what your Boy Scouts pack leader taught you all those years ago, a portable GPS becomes a viable alternative.

Let's take a look at three of the best GPS devices for hiking that are flooding the market in 2019.

1. Garmin eTrex 10 Worldwide Handheld GPS

Garmin has been one of the biggest names in GPS technology for decades, but they're usually pretty pricy. This handheld GPS brings all of Garmin's experience into an affordable handheld navigator. It's got a 2.2-inch screen that will run for up to 20 hours on just 2 AA batteries. As a bonus, the navigator is also waterproof, so you can take it anywhere without worrying about it failing because you went for a swim or got caught in the rain.

The eTrex 10 also has a worldwide database, so you can explore anywhere in the world and still make your way home in time for dinner. It will also only set you back about $80, which is ideal if you're hiking on a budget.

2. DeLorm's inReach Explorer

If you want to stay in touch with friends and family while you're exploring the wilderness, the DeLorm's InReach Explorer handheld GPS is a fantastic solution. This handheld unit has one of the best battery lifetimes on the market, lasting more than 100 hours on a single charge. Purchasing an InReach Explorer also gives you access to DeLorm's 24/7 search and rescue system. If you get into trouble, you can send an SOS and communicate directly with DeLorm's customer service representatives until they can contact local authorities.

3. Satmap Active 20

If you're heading into the Rocky Mountains on a hike, you might find yourself facing elevations of up to 14,440 feet, which makes knowing how high you are above sea level essential to help you prevent elevation sickness.

The Satmap Active 20 is both water- and impact-resistant and runs on three AAA batteries that last for 16 hours at a stretch. It can work with your mobile phone via Bluetooth, and also provides accurate altitude and elevation readings based on your current location. Unlike other GPS navigational devices that rely on the GPS signal to calculate your elevation, the Satmap Active 20 features a barometric altimeter that can calculate your altitude based on the local barometric pressure — even if you've lost the GPS signal.

When you're looking for a new handheld GPS for your next hike, you've got plenty of excellent options to choose from. Make sure you select a GPS unit that meets all your needs, whether you expect to be climbing to the top of Mt. Elbert in Colorado, or taking a casual stroll along your nearest trail. A GPS unit will help you explore the wilderness and find your way home again, which is the most important thing.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/56" rel="author">Scott Huntington</a>
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