Summary: I bought 2 of these and both are pretty much useless. Take a long time to get satellite fix even out in an open field. Anyone who gives this a 5 star rating has not used it but just turned it on. Took this to several places and tried it out. distance was way off and 50% of time if I had followed the direction it was pointing to I would never have made it back to the car.
Summary: It is NOT a map navigation device. It is a tracking device and a device that will orient the user towards a previously marked target. It keeps track of the distance traveled, the rate of travel, the altitude, temperature, and it has a magnetic compass function. Trips are not displayed on a map on the device but are held in memory and can be displayed and shared as an overlay on Google maps when loaded into a program that is downloadable from a website dedicated to the...
Summary: If you think you can't get lost in the woods then I hope you have this before you find out otherwise. This is a simple device, takes standard batteries, and feels good in your hands. You can use it for general compass pathfinding and also to return to up to 3 waypoints/marked/saved in the device. Mind you, if you are in dense understory and can't get a GPS signal this isn't going to be much help.
Summary: I am not too enamored with this device. First, it takes forever to get a signal, somewhere between 2 to 9 minutes. More than once it has taken so long that the device turned itself off before getting a signal. A lot of walking can happen while the device figures out where it is. Second, the directional arrow is not good at small movements - it has sixteen points in 360 degrees it stops on, which translates to 22.5 degrees for an arrow change.
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.