Summary: Since it has been 2 years since I bought my Explorist 310, I thought that now would be a good time for a review. In short, I am please with it. I use it for hiking and geocaching. I have used Magellan products since 2004, so I have gotten used to their software logic. If you are using it on a long hike I would recommend that you use lithium batteries, otherwise alkalines have worked fine for me.
Nice solid unit for the money, small screen is shortfall.
12 November 2013
Summary: Review wouldn't let me rate anything other than excellent on "display" so I left that one blank. This is a nice solid little unit but the display is too small for any real detail and at times the toggle can be a bit difficult to operate. It does have a lot of nice features and is fairly quick to initialize(find satellites). I'd recommend the touch screen 510 if you can afford it, but all in all, this one isn't bad for the money.
I'm sure it's a good unit just not suitable for my needs and Region
8 October 2013
Summary: I'm sure this is a good unit for any areas where you can get map upgrades for it, but, if you live in Atlantic Canada - Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick or PEI then I would not recommend this unit. There are no map upgrades for this unit in these provinces and it only comes loaded with streets and nothing else.
Summary: I like the Magellan for Geocaching. It's easy enough to use once I figured out how to download geocaches. I also tested out the tracking feature to track my hikes. The miles tracked are not accurate, in fact it overstates the miles walked/hiked. My usual route of 5 miles (miles measure by car & phone GPS) is 6.7 on the Magellan. Not sure why.
Summary: I bought this so my son and I could Geocache and it does it admirably. Here is what I found - Really solid so I think it will bear some beating as my fumbling three year old can attest to. Able to download searches from Geocache websites so you can add 100's of caches quickly. You can look at sites on a map or a list, depending on what works best for you. Any information about caches that you can access online can also be accessed on this device also.
Summary: I wanted this Magellan GPS for Father's Day. When my wife went to Wal Mart, they didn't carry this model and said it had to be ordered online. The clerk suggested what he called "the Garmin version" of the exact same Magellan GPS and they had one in stock. She bought it, but it wasn't want I wanted and not the same at all. We returned the Garmin, and she ordered the Magellan that I originally wanted. I'm happy with it, and I would recommend it.