Simple to use with loads of useful features, the Oregon 700 is Garmin's most affordable GPS unit in the Oregon series. This series boasts dual-orientation touchscreens that function a lot like a smartphone, making them intuitive for the casual user. It also offers customizable profiles for a range of activities. It's great for those that want to track multiple activities, like hiking, biking, and fishing. A relatively large, bright display is a nice bonus. The 700's 16 hours of battery life is on the shorter side, but since you can switch out AAs in the field, it's essentially immortal. Compact and light, it's also easy to toss in a backpack or jacket pocket. This unit is among our favorites for gloveless weather, where the touchscreen really shines. When it's colder out, it's a little less reliable, particularly if you're using alkaline batteries.
It baffles us that the 700 stores two to five times the number of waypoints of the other units tested. It's hard to imagine that many users need 10,000, along with 250 tracks with up to 20,000 points each. We'd rather pay less for less. The less expensive Garmin GPS MAP 64s has glove-friendly buttons and is more reliable but takes longer to use. The slightly more expensive Garmin Montana 680 has excellent speed, accuracy and reception and the largest display we've tested. The biggest downside is its bulk.