The good folks at Backpacker magazine have always appreciated Garmin's combination of accuracy, durability and simplicity, and their Fall/Winter 2010 Gear Guide illustrates why their readers and testers agree. Garmin's GPSMAP 62st, our newest outdoor handheld blending the familiar ease of use with new innovative software and mapping, gets ample praise from real-world testing:
"Our testers raved about this unit's pinpoint accuracy and ironclad satellite lock in GPS-challenged areas, such as narrow valleys and dense forests," the review begins. "After stashing the 62st in the toplid of a backpack, one Colorado tester still recorded a continuous, high-resolution track of a 15-mile route in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. At the trailhead, the HotFix satellite prediction locked on in seconds, which meant less downtime waiting for reception. On the trail, the easy-to-read, 2.6-inch color screen and preloaded, 1:100K topo maps of the Lower 48 - with terrain contours, trails, rivers, and points of interest - made navigating a cinch right out of the box."
Read more about the GPSMAP 62st and other great gear by picking up the latest issue of Backpacker, and see these features come to life by visiting Garmin's online learning center and watching our helpful tutorial videos. Happy hiking!