Thanks to modern technology, you can take your run outside of the concrete jungle and go where cell phone towers don’t reach. Handheld GPS devices track your miles, show you the local topography, and ensure you don’t get lost out in the country. But, which options are the best? Here are our picks:
Garmin Oregon 600
Anyone with a good understanding of handheld GPS units knows that Garmin is king. And, the Oregon 600 is among the best with its large screen, ability to load custom third-party maps, and wireless connectivity. There are complaints of the device freezing for short periods of time, and it doesn’t have as long of a battery life as other models.
DeLorme inReach SE
Purchased by Garmin in 2016, DeLorme is known for producing reliable products. Also referred to as the Satellite Communicator, the inReach SE isn’t simply a directional way-finder or map. It features important, potentially life-saving tools, such as the SOS alert that lets monitoring centers know if you need help and where you are precisely.
Just about any list of top handheld GPS units will have the 64st near the top. The device has a highly sensitive GPS and GLONASS receiver. This is ideal for runners who like to go off the grid in higher elevations.
Magellan eXplorist 510
If anyone were to challenge the reign of Garmin, it is Magellan. The eXplorist 510 has the memory to record the routes of all of your runs, gets excellent reception in all terrains, you can add backup battery power, and the touchscreen works well in all conditions. The eXplorist even has a built-in camera and microphone.
Bad Elf 2200 GPS Pro
Thanks to the Bad Elf 2200 GPS Pro’s built-in Bluetooth technology, you can share your location with up to five devices. This is helpful when you go on particularly scary trails and want loved ones to know where you are. The memory system stores 100 hours of data. And, this is an excellent piece of kit for ultra-marathoners since it can reach up to 35 hours of battery life when the Bluetooth is turned off.
Magellan Triton 400
Rugged, waterproof design, easy to use interface, SD card slot for extra storage, and colorful display: these are just a few of the features that make the Triton 400 great. Its pitfalls are no wireless connectivity and a short battery life. Also, the screen is relatively small at 2.2 inches.