Popular Mechanics (South Africa)
5 HANDHELD GPS DEVICES THAT DO WHAT YOUR PHONE CAN’T
HIKING AND HUNTING GARMIN ETREX TOUCH 35 ±R6 000
Good for geocaching, trekking, or hunting, the Bluetooth-capable Touch 35 features a 2.6-inch colour touchscreen, compass, altimeter, and 32 GB memory card for storing maps offline.
BOATING AND FISHING HUMMINBIRD HELIX 7 CHIRP MEGA SI GPS G3 ±R15 000
Land your catch and return to shore with this device, which has a 7-inch screen, more than 10 000 lake and coastal maps, and lets you see 40 m below or to the sides of your boat.
OFF-ROADING MAGELLAN TRX7 ±R12 000
The TRX7 is shock-resistant and comes loaded with more than
160 000 high-resolution off-roading topo and base maps. Audible directions, real-time tracking, and off-course notifications help you find your way back to tarred roads at the end of the day.
EMERGENCY COMMS BIVYSTICK ±R11 000
In serious situations, grab the Bivystick. It pairs with your phone to send emergency texts and to track your location for hours – relying on satellites instead of cell towers, so you can use it anywhere. You buy credits and pay for only what you need.
CYCLING WAHOO ELEMNT ROAM ±R9 000
A full-colour screen lets you easily find and view routes. And high contrast between roads makes it easy to follow directions. Plus, you can navigate to a point on the map, which not all cycling GPS devices allow.