I even read the directions (I hate reading the directions) and I still did not find ...
Annette Matthews, Amazon
3 weeks ago
Summary: I was very unimpressed with this device. It was inaccurate with the actual mileage of the trails we were on. When I was complaining about it at the top of the mountain another hiker informed me that since it is linked to a satellite anytime you stop it tries to find you again and looks in all directions. This adds on to the distance tracker and you think you have gone further than you have actually gone. Not worth the money.
Summary: I bought this Back tracker this year for deer season. three of us in my hunting group purchased this same one. we all set out one morning to a spot where we wanted to end up at so we marked our trackers and then drove two miles from that location to make our way back through the woods to that exact location, so we split up and set out on our 4 hours hike back.
An absolutely worthless piece of equipment. Would not calibrate ...
2 November 2014
Summary: An absolutely worthless piece of equipment. Would not calibrate and hold a position any closer than thirty degrees. Unreliable, and if purchased for seriously locating your whereabouts, a complete failure!
Summary: I recently purchased a Back Track at a big box store. I really wanted to like it, but it was unreliable. Like another reviewer noted, my marked locations drifted significantly (30 to 50 yards) over short periods of time. This Back Track - at least the one I had - would not be useful to mark the location of a car in the mall parking lot, and could be downright dangerous to use while hiking or camping.
Summary: Not accurate at all. All 3 of my markers drifted 50 yards NNE overnight, causing me to momentarily get lost in a thick forest wilderness. I set a marker, walked a quarter mile, walked back, and it was 30 yards off. No telling if it drifts farther than that over longer distances or time periods.
Summary: This is the second model that I have tried. First, the yardage/mileage is right on. I tested it on a measured 100yard range. Now for the sad part. The compass, even after several figure 8's to calibrate, seemed to want to point east rather than north. The backtrack to a marked location worked sometimes, but sometimes it was off by 90 to 180 degrees. Totally unreliable. I tried to contact Bushnell customer service by their E Mail address, but they never answered.
Summary: It probably works OK for the applications they're obviously pushing -- hikes in the woods, fishing trips in the back country, etc. But it's no good at all around cars, buildings, metal objects, etc. The GPS reading for the distance back to your starting location is accurate, but the arrow (even with lots of "calibration") is just as likely to send you off in the wrong direction as head you back to where you're trying to go.