BEST GPS FOR GEOCACHING
Low Cost – eTrex 20
Medium Cost – Oregon 650t
High Cost – Montana 680
Geocachers I’ve seen over the years like a different set of features for their GPS units. But these features are common with all devices in this section which ends being important.
- SD card
- Load Garmin or custom maps
- Paperless Geocaching
BEST GPS FOR RUNNING
Low Cost – Forerunner 35
Small form factor, great for all day use. Contains basic running functions for 10k range casual running and offers daily tracking and smartphone notifications.
Medium Cost – Forerunner 235 or Vivoactive 3
FR235 – runner focused watch, very good at what it’s supposed to do.
Vivoactive 3 – multi activity types that want a stylish option with daily tracking and notifications.
High Cost – Forerunner 935
Most features for running and biking & triathalons. Serious types that uses strava and considering doing iron man type training, this is what you want.
BEST GPS FOR HIKERS / HUNTERS
Low cost choice – eTrex 30x or map 64s
The 20 used to be my recommendation but price drop on the 30x is worth a look due to additional sensors. Firmware appears to not have been updated in a while as compare to map 64s.
GPS map 64s has a handful more features and winning design for 10+ years. Think about your fingers if you are going to be outdoors in the winter.
Medium Cost- fenix 3 HR
Fenix 3 is on the way out to being discontinued but still able to find a good buy. For those wanting a watch for hiking but other activities like trail running this is a good option. Firmware updated as of November 2017. May not use latest connect IQ watch faces or widgets.
High Cost – inReach Explorer+
inReach is in a category of it’s own. You have to decide about
- Which GPS functions do you really use? waypoint / navigation / tracks
- Garmin maps
- Buying a Subscription