Some tips from LO Tim at Loving Outdoors on how to gets to grips with GPS and find the right one for your needs and budget.
I’m looking for a GPS but I’m not very technically minded, what’s my best bet?
If the touch-screen revolution passed you or you just happen to like good old-fashioned buttons, the Garmin GPS map 62 is for you. With its hard wearing design and ultra-reliable high-speed satellite connection you’ll be able to navigate in the most demanding terrain and with Garmin being the leading GPS brand you can be confident that you’re in safe hands. What’s more, it comes pre-loaded with complete UK 1:50 maps so you’ll be ready to go straight away!
As a keen cyclist and hiker, I’m a bit of an all-rounder when it comes to the outdoors. Are there any differences between walking and cycling as far as GPS is concerned?
Good question. No, there are no differences; any walking GPS works equally well when fitted to a bike and vice versa. However, the esteemed Adventurer 3500 GPS pack includes a cycle mounting, and with a lightning fast satellite connection, robust design and full 1:50 UK maps preinstalled the £377.10 price tag represents excellent value for money.
Is there a budget option?
An unreliable GPS could land you in trouble so it doesn’t make sense to scrimp on price. That said, with the Loving Outdoors Garmin Oregon 450 pack you can get a top GPS (the same one used by TV’s Ray Mears) preinstalled with full 1:50 UK maps (alone worth £200) for a jaw-droppingly reasonable £399.10.