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zboo

Handheld GPS

OH has dropped a few hints about a handheld/portable GPS for walking or cycling.  I personally prefer an OS map for walking, but can see how the GPS would be useful for cycling (which he is hoping to do more of).

I know nothing about these things, being totally averse to satnav for driving (unlike everyone else of my generation) and I wondered if anyone had any recommendations?

Budget around £150 - if your experience is that there is nothing decent to be had for that money I will reconsider his birthday present or go rooting down the back of the sofa for more pennies.

Pros/cons/brand recommendations all gratefully received.
Thanks, Boo
dtalbot

Well if you can stretch to £250ish the Garmin Edge 800 is fantastic, its designed as a cycling gps but mine has been used for that, skiing, hiking and performs perfectly for all of those. Even works in the car if you have someone to read out the directions (no voice and a bit small to see easily if it were dash mounted). You can load whatever mapping you want into it, mine has the OS 50K mapping for the whole UK on it!
zboo

Thank you.  I was looking at another Garmin, eTrex 20 which is about £130 but doesn't seem to come with much in the way of maps so would work out £250ish to make it ready to use.

Garmin certainly seem to be the name that comes up most often, thank you for your recommendation!
dtalbot

Etrex is a good walking GPS, the advantage of the edge is its designed for cycling so much smaller and lighter (but still big enough to be useful). The 50K mapping set only cot me about £50 from an Amazon seller.
siwhite

If you do end up with an Etrex 20 (which I have and love - used for mountain biking and geocaching) I can assist with mapping if you fancy - not far from you either...
goodlife

whats wrong with a mobile phone serves three  purposes i have a nokia c7 with any maps you want i use it when i go  walking also as a 12 megapixel camera and i can preorder a pint at any pub i am passing comes in handy with all this football on in the pubs
Rick Harris

goodlife wrote:
whats wrong with a mobile phone serves three  purposes i have a nokia c7 with any maps you want i use it when i go  walking also as a 12 megapixel camera and i can preorder a pint at any pub i am passing comes in handy with all this football on in the pubs


Mobile phones often find it hard to get a signal in mountains / hills

Even 3G phones have difficulty in deep valleys -

I have a Garmin Etrek H £80 ish - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Garmin-eT...TF8&qid=1342810156&sr=8-9

This works fine for me because All I want is something to a) point me in the right direction, b) Give me my current map coordinates so I can find out where I am.

I programme it with Anquet maps software - OS maps on your PC.

Note you should NEVER rely just on the electronics always carry the paper map. Things go wrong!

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sod

compass and map (with good training ) or is that too old fashion,in there are lots of places here out of cell phone range
Rick Harris

sod wrote:
compass and map (with good training ) or is that too old fashion,in there are lots of places here out of cell phone range


Not at all unreasonable - in fact essential I would say.

I trained as a Duke of Edinburgh expedition leader and taught lots of students to read maps and make their way in the wild. Never be without the correct paper map!
sod

Rick Harris wrote:
sod wrote:
compass and map (with good training ) or is that too old fashion,in there are lots of places here out of cell phone range


Not at all unreasonable - in fact essential I would say.

I trained as a Duke of Edinburgh expedition leader and taught lots of students to read maps and make their way in the wild. Never be without the correct paper map!


We learnt in Scouts/Guides and 3 children same plus 2 did Duke of Edinburgh great training  
Jakey

sod wrote:
compass and map (with good training ) or is that too old fashion,in there are lots of places here out of cell phone range


You may be out of callphone range at times, but you will never be out of range of the GPS sattelites.

Even a map and compass is not fool proof in the hands of a suitably competant fool  

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