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Onzy
2013-12-19 18:48:49
GPS:Satmap
I have to agree with hivisibility, the Satmap Active 10 unit is an excellent one. I have found other units fiddly and hard to use in the cold and pretty flimsy when exposed to the elements - the Satmap however looks almost like an industrial unit rather than something aimed at the consumer - it's very rugged particularly when you opt for the rubber casing and it has big buttons usable with gloves.

The selection of maps is also pretty big - as well as the 1:50,000 OSI coverage for ROI, there is OSNI stuff, including the Activity Area Map content at 1:25,000 - the East West Mapping for Wicklow at 1:25,000 is also available as is some Harvey stuff and tons of other countries are covered. I also have the optional rechargeable battery pack which gives a full 24 hours of use and can be topped up in the car or by usb.

As hivisibility says, it is pricey; but if you have to buy a GPS you might as well buy a good one. I have used this for two years now and wouldn't be without it - there is a new version, the Active 12, due soon, and I will buy it as soon as it is available, without even seeing it - it's that good. And no I don't work for them!!

The old Active 10 will then go into the bag as a backup, replacing an old Garmin eTrek - which, as testament to the Satmap, hasn't been used, except for the occasional test, for as long as I have the Satmap.
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