Summary: With a little easy practice, this unit is a great help with relocating your vehicle, cabin or camping area after hiking. When you arrive home, it's very simple to download the info to your computer and bring up a map, satellite or road, to see where you've been, how far you've traveled, altitude, temps and more. After using this for some time now, it stopped working and getting in touch with customer service is not easy.
Summary: If you buy this thinking you will get a navigation tool with waypoints, maps or other advanced features you would be disappointed. This is essentially a digital compass that remembers 3 points of interest. That's all it claims to be and that's all it does, but it does it well! I've had a number of GPS devices before and sometimes the time it takes to lock onto the GPS satellites takes forever, with this compass it locked on within 60 seconds of turning it on.
Summary: This is a functional GPS locator that will help you find your way back to a point you have visited. It will NOT locate places on a map or by coordinates. As such, it is simply meant to help you find your car, your campsite or whatever. I tested it extensively. The two buttons let you easily store a location in one of three memory slots, then navigate back. Unfortunately, the navigation arrow is not always accurate, so you may need to hunt around a bit in thick woods.
Doesn't deliver on it's promise to never get lost again
17 May 2012
Summary: I found this device to be easy to use, but had to find a use for it. I spent a couple of weekends trying it out while hiking along the AT. Compared to a typical GPS, it's not optimal for trails unless you want to point your rescue helicopter in the direction of where you parked your car. All this personal locator provides is an arrow or a distance. So if you have a map, it won't provide you any coordinates to read it.
Summary: I'm rating this 3 stars because essentially it does what it promises to do, but what it does is not very useful for the price. Summary : It is small, light, waterproof, quick by GPS receiver standards to obtain a satellite signal lock (~1 minute in my tests), and extremely easy to use. The arrow doesn't always seem to point me exactly where I need to go, but will be in the general direction within 20 degrees, it seems. The unit is powered by 2 AAA batteries.
Summary: The Bushnell BackTrack Original G2 GPS Personal Locator and Digital Compass is a great device for hiking, shopping, mountain biking and general outdoor activities. It requires two AAA batteries and the lock for the battery lid can be a bit tricky. It opens easily but at first it can be a little difficult to close and can require more force than with similarly shaped electronic devices, such as a remote control, but not so difficult as to be a real obstacle.
Summary: My husband and I wanted to give geo-caching a shot, so we ordered this little personal GPS. It's a great product with a lot of great features such as a self calibrating digital compass and easy to use controls. It's small, so it fits easily into a pocket or purse, and it only uses 2 AAA batteries, so it's inexpensive to operate. The only feature it didn't have that we wished for was the ability to plug in co-ordinates and be "led" to them.
Summary: The BackTrack is a direction finder, not a full navigation device. It will not store waypoints and does not give turn-by-turn directions back to your starting location. It will not display latitude or longitude. What it will do is display a compass arrow and the distance as the crow flies back to the selected point of origin, not regarding any detours or switchbacks you may have made.
Summary: It's small and easy to use: the main virtues of this device. It provides a basic GPS functionality at a low cost, but it's not very accurate or quick to get a satellite lock (at least 30 sec). While walking towards a stored point, I would say that you would eventually get there. However, if you really didn't know where the waypoint was it would take you on a lot of diversions. There is a lot of lag and abrupt swinging in of the electronic pointer.
Summary: The BackTrack Original G2 GPS Personal Locator and Digital Compass is a great concept, and it has some very attractive features. It's reasonably priced, very simple to operate, extremely easy to read in all lighting conditions, and very compact. Unfortunately, it is also very inconsistent in both the compass and tracking modes. Even after careful re-calibration in compass mode, my readings were off by as much as 70 degrees.