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.
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: 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.
I wanted it to work - but I just couldn't make it happen.
Kindle Customer "Agent-19", Amazon
26 April 2012
Summary: The first thing I did when I received this item was get out the owner's manual. the next thing I did was get a magnifying glass so I could read the small print. Then I went to get the two AA batteries the manual said I'd need. Then I took them back and got two AAA batteries that actually fit in the unit.
Summary: The BackTrack Original G2 GPS Personal Locator and Digital Compass by Bushnell has been a mixed bag for me. I tested it out numerous times in both an urban environment and on remote hikes and mountain bike treks. The biggest problem with this unit is that it is very inconsistent in the compass mode and in the tracking mode. Even with the unit re-calibrated in the compass mode the readings were inconsistent and sometimes off by as much as 60 degrees which is significant.
Summary: Good GPS for the price. It accuratley can store 5 locations and tell you where they are and how far they are. Easy to use device. Very simple to operate. The only reason I didnt give it a 5 star is because it ran the batteries down after a few weeks. Just check you batteries before you use it for the week and you should be good. This saved me from getting lost in the woods on public land several times!
Summary: Marked my hotel location upon checking in. Rode the various trains and subways throughout Tokyo and was amazed how close (walking distance) most attractions were to my hotel. All I did was open the "distance to (hotel)" window and it showed distance and direction. Certainly saved at least the purchase price of the D-Tour in transpo fare alone. One recommendation: have a good old fashioned compass to accompany the D-Tour.