Summary: I bought this item primarily for throwing in my hunting pack as an aid in navigation. I am a good woodsman but when trying to connect the dots in some of Idaho's rugged wilderness area's a gps is handy. The biggest issues that I have with this unit is that when you are in the timber and I don't even mean heavy timber it takes quite a while to locate satelites for navigation.
Summary: This model is really good and has been around for years. Backlit screen and non-color screen but has basic maps pre-installed and pretty intuitive. I really like the compass that puts the waypoint destination as a mark that you can walk toward. The compass apparently is partly magnetic because it is so responsive.
Summary: I absolutely love my Magellan eXplorist 300! The display screen is made to use in daylight, however it has a built in light for dim lighting that works well. The navigation button allows you to easily switch views from the map to compass to coordinates to satellite connections. The GoTo button allows you to select way points already programmed in to the GPS (Magellan's and yours). The Mark button allows you to easily add your own way points.
Great, simple GPS receiver for the first-time user!
5 July 2011
Summary: This receiver has been discontinued by Magellan, so you can only find it on ebay and other resale outlets. If you can find one, it's a good choice for hiking and geocaching for first-timers and those with limited resources. It's easy to use and has many, many functions, including a real (electronic) compass and barometer/altimeter. It has a fairly good base map on board, and the display is easy to see even in bright sunlight.
Summary: Love It! lightweight, accurate, easy to use! I would recommend this unit to all hikers. The learning curve is not insurmountable and the instructions are easy to interpret unlike some other brands out there.
Summary: I Love it for backpacking, it works on 2 AAs, gives altitude, has a compass. Has a long battery life. I have never used a gps before and went out and used it. I was so impressed I bought a mount for my motorcycles (Even gives speed and heading)-appears to be almost indestructable.
Summary: I wanted a gps to hike in the mountains and this explorist 300 is good for just that. it is good for major freeways but not side streets and i like the lad / long feature and the route tracking. the compass helps also but not totaly acurate. overall it was afordable and perfect for me.
Summary: We picked this up for under $100 and couldn't be happier. We've gone out geocaching several times now and the unit has worked great. It's accurate, easy to use, good on batteries, and has already been dropped several times without issue. Sure, we would like to automatically download waypoints, or slip in a card with preloaded coordinates, or have detailed street maps, but what the heck - we are gettting to the exact geocahce locations (and back) as those fancier units...