Garmin 64s – GPS device
Garmin 64s is something like an electronic outdoor brother. I still use paper maps as well, but only as “overview maps”. I use GPS maps in terrain. Garmin 64s is quite a big device, but it is excellent. It has high-sensitivity GPS and GLONASS receiver and 3-axis electronic compass with barometric altimeter. It is waterproof, temperature proof and almost unbreakable. There is only one thing to improve – the screen. After first year the screen was full of thin scratches so I have started to use screen protective foil on it. Sometimes, if you need some special function, it takes a while to find it in the menu. But generally it is the best choice to buy. Alternative (cheaper) device I would buy is a Garmin eTrex 30x – may be in my next life.
Globalstar Spot – satellite messenger
Globalstar Spot is a very useful device especially if you travel alone. It communicates with the Globalstar satellites and sends your position (and movement) to the special map site. You can send a private link to your family and friends and they can watch your outdoor steps. There is a messaging button and an emergency button in this device as well. It also cooperates with rescue services. You can use several Globalstar services, but all of them are commercial. I use an older version of this device. A new version is available now (2016) – SPOT Gen3. If you think about it, find out the maps’ coverage first. In Himalayas (Nepal) and Patagonia it does not work properly, there is bad coverage. But for example it is good in Europe, Island, Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan). (more…)