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Small, portable, and plenty capable as a back-up just in case you get lost, the eTrex 10 is perfect for alpine climbing.
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Outdoor adventures sometimes require tech for safety or convenience. It isn’t all fun and games. But who are we kidding, gadgets are fun too! Our outdoor enthusiasts bought and tested the electric goods to keep you on the path or send an SOS if you lose your way. With hours of exhaustive testing of GPS and altimeter watches, we keep things going with solar chargers and panels. For real-life electronics analysis, unbeholden to any manufacturer, we have the reviews you need.

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Best Handheld GPS

Best Handheld GPS

Looking to improve your backcountry navigation? We bought and tested 7 of the best GPS units on the market to help you find the right one for your next dream trip.
Best GPS Watch of 2022

Best GPS Watch of 2022

Looking for the perfect GPS watch? Our experts spent hours looking over options before choosing 12 of the most popular and high-tech to test side-by-side. We tested them while running...
Best Altimeter Watch of 2022

Best Altimeter Watch of 2022

To help you find the best altimeter watch for your needs, we researched over 40 and bought the best to test side-by-side while summiting mountains, hiking through canyons, and climbing...
Best Portable Solar Charger of 2022

Best Portable Solar Charger of 2022

Are you in the market for a new solar setup? Perhaps the hundreds of options available online are a bit overwhelming? Look no further! We've reviewed over 65 solar panels before purchasing...
Best Satellite Messengers of 2022

Best Satellite Messengers of 2022

We've got the most wilderness-savvy tech testers you have heard of. We look at satellite messengers first from the perspective of wilderness travelers and professionals, but also have a...
Best Walkie Talkies

Best Walkie Talkies

We put 9 radios to a head to head test after scouring all of the top models on the market. After 150+ hours of testing in the field and lab, we have found the best walkie talkies and...




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Coros Pace 2 Review
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Coros Pace 2 Review

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Garmin inReach Mini 2 Review

How to make the best better? Give the venerated inReach Mini better battery life and a better user interface, without taking anything away. This device, of any iteration, is the best...
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This is a small, high-performance communication device with usability, technological, and portability attributes that set it apart and earn it our highest award.
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The addition of an electronic compass and barometric altimeter place this device well-above other price-point options. Small, lightweight, and impressively accurate, no longer does size...
BigBlue 3 Review
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BigBlue 3 Review

It functions well on every level; it charges quickly, has a large capacity, weighs less than many less-powerful panels, and doesn't put a dent in your bank account.



Electronics Learning Center

How to Choose a Personal Locator Beacon

How to Choose a Personal Locator Beacon

What device should you buy and for what application? Below we break it down. Once finished, however, do read our complete Personal Locator Beacon Review to find out how each device scored...
How to Choose a GPS Watch

How to Choose a GPS Watch

Thinking of purchasing a GPS watch but you're not sure where to begin? The market is full of different options ranging from a simple tracker to a mini smartphone that lives on your wrist...
How to Choose a Handheld GPS

How to Choose a Handheld GPS

Tracking and Navigating Your Outdoor Activity In the "information age" and the era of the "quantified self", outdoor enthusiasts and athletes are looking to better track and monitor their...
How to Choose an Altimeter Watch

How to Choose an Altimeter Watch

Whether you're a climber, skier, paraglider, pilot, backpacker, or hiker, an altimeter watch can provide many helpful functions to aid in any adventure. In addition to having the snazziest...
How to Choose a Walkie Talkie

How to Choose a Walkie Talkie

Separation is going to happen in the backcountry - either by accident or on purpose. Do you have a way to communicate changes in plans when that separation does happen? A good set of...

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