10 Best Compact Binoculars for Outdoor Activities (2021 Buying Guide)

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The best compact binoculars for every outdoor activity – from wildlife viewing, birding, and whale watching to hiking and travel.   Short on time? Our pick for the best compact binoculars are the Zeiss Terra. If you’ve never brought along a good pair of binoculars on a hike or a trip, you’re missing out.  The outdoors … Read more

13 Best Outdoor Watches for Active People (2021 Buying Guide)

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The best outdoor watches for wherever your adventures take you – from skiing to surfing, hiking, and working out.  If you just want to know our go-to pick for the best outdoor watch, we’d recommend the Apple Watch or the Suunto Core.  Today’s best outdoor smartwatches are more than tough timepieces – they’re mobile command … Read more

8 Best Handheld GPS Devices for Hiking (2021 Buying Guide)

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The best handheld GPS devices for hiking and backpacking – whether you’re a seasoned hiker or just starting out. 

For the longest time, I would just try and use Google Maps when hiking through more rugged terrain.

Inevitably, I’d go deep enough into the forest or high enough on a switchback that my Google Maps app would suddenly “lose connection” or my pre-downloaded maps wouldn’t load properly. 

Cue the anxiety and frustration as I spun around in circles, raising my phone high and praying to the cellphone tower gods that they would send me a signal as confirmation of their existence.

As I started hiking more seriously and investing more in my hiking gear, my research into handheld GPS devices took me down a rabbit hole.

First of all, the technology behind GPS is genuinely mind-blowing.

Did you know that 33 satellites orbiting Earth are nearly single-handedly responsible for humans not needing to read maps anymore?

Now, companies like Garmin have managed to condense all of that technological marvel into a compact handheld that can pinpoint your location anywhere in the world.

It’s mind-blowing how far technology for outdoor gear has come. 

And that’s why, if you’re a regular hiker (especially one who explores the backcountry), it’s a good idea to think about investing in a solid GPS device.

In this post, I’ll share my picks for the best hiking GPS devices and what to look for before you purchase one. 

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