If you like your car's GPS receiver, try a handheld GPS unit from Spot, Garmin, Magellan, GolfLogix, or DeLorme, and see what it can do for your next bike ride, hike, golf game, kayaking, or geocaching adventure.
Now that you're used to relying on a GPS receiver to guide you across highways and through traffic, how will you get around when you arrive at your destination?
If you're walking around a metropolitan area, Google's walking directions can help you. But If your destination is the great outdoors, chances are there's a handheld GPS unit for whatever activity you've got planned.
GPS receivers are becoming more specialized than ever, and nowhere is this truer than in the sport and handheld category, where there are units designed for runners, cyclists, golfers, hunters, fishing and boating enthusiasts, and more. We'll investigate eight highly specialized devices before looking at five others that will meet a wider range of outdoor needs.
GolfLogix automatically gives you the distance to the green.
A word about maps: Detailed maps can be added to most of the GPS receivers covered in this article. Unlike auto units though, most handhelds don't come with pre-loaded maps; in most cases you'll have to pay extra for them.
Golfing GolfLogix Weight: 5.3 ounces (with batteries) Screen: Monochrome Battery life: 12 to 17 hours, depending upon battery type Price:$349.95 Link:GolfLogix
With a device that automatically gives you the distance to the green on each hole, it's no wonder that GPS is becoming very popular on the links. Maps of more than 18,000 golf course are available and the GolfLogix, built on Garmin's eTrex platform, also identifies up to six hazards per hole. Other GPS units for golfers are SkyCaddie, and Sonocaddie.
The Garmin Edge 705 shines as a training partner for cyclists.
While the Garmin Edge 705 has some navigation features, this device really shines as a training partner. Mounted to your handlebar or stem, the Edge can provide heart rate, cadence, and power data, along with a virtual partner to race against. Ride data can be uploaded for analysis and shared with others. Cyclists who are more interested in navigation features, may find the Magellan Triton 2000 or Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx to be a better choice.
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