Summary: There are certainly many opinions about this device, and the reviews all range from poor to excellent. I think I can understand why there is such a broad range. First of all I think it's important to understand that even though this product has a "compass" feature it doesn't really have a hardware based magnetic compass.
Summary: I have tried this device a half-dozen times and the only place it will connect to a satellite and function in the manner intended is if I am in the middle of a 20 acre open field. That doesn't help me much if I am in heavy woods following my bird dog or in the Pennsylvania forests tracking a deer. It's coming back to you, if it doesn't lose itself in the mail.
Eric J. Oswald "I drink your milkshake...", Amazon
3 October 2013
Summary: I bought this for hiking, so that when I leave the car I can mark the spot and then if I need it I can have it point me in the right general direction and see how far away I am. I gave this a very easy test. I went hiking out at a lake that had wide open skies: no tall mountains, no tree cover, no buildings, no power lines. It seemed to more or less get the distance right. The direction was a complete mess. It consistently pointed me away from the place I started.
Summary: This is not the GPS for serious backpackers, deep in the outback. But...if you have routinely lost your car in big parking lots, or if you are visiting a new city and are trying to find your way back to your hotel, or even if you do some moderate hiking in unfamiliar areas, then this is just enough.. All you get is a pointer telling you what direction, and how far to go, and in a lot of everyday cases that's all you need.
Summary: When I first received this item, I LOVED IT! My biggest concern was tracking kills in the evening and getting turned around in the woods. The first time I used this, I marked my deer stand, climbed down and tracked my kill through the woods after dusk had settled in. After finding the deer I was able to mark the deer and find my way back to my stand and make my way out of the woods. All in the pitch black dark! Fantastic, no more getting turned around again in the woods!