When you are backpacking in the wilderness with no cell reception, the last thing you want is to get lost. Navigation is essential and I always recommend bringing a GPS with you while in the backcountry. Although, you should still know how to navigate using a map and compass, you always want to have multiple options.
Check out our recommendations for the best GPSs:
Garmin Montana 680t Touchscreen
Garmin makes the best GPSs and this is the best of the best. It is both reliable and precise and maintains your position even through the toughest terrain. Not to mention that it has a 3-axis compass, which is a great feature and will aid you greatly in your navigation of the wilderness.
This GPS comes loaded with high-definition topographic maps so you won’t have to worry about finding maps to download. It is also touchscreen which makes it very user friendly.
Garmin GPSMAP 66i
This GPS is reliable and comes packed with all sorts of features. It connects to the Garmin explore website and app to help you manage waypoints, routes, activities, and collections. Cellular connectivity lets you access active weather forecasts and geocaching live. It is also able to trigger an interactive SOS to a 24/7 search and rescue monitoring center.
This GPS comes with preloaded maps.
Garmin eTrex 22x
Another great Garmin GPS, it is precise and reliable as well. The standout here is the durability as well as an easy-to-use interface. This GPS comes preloaded with topographic maps. It is more affordable than other options, but its simple design gets the job done.
Garmin Foretrex 401
This simple GPS is easy to use and easy to carry. This unit can strap directly to your arm and uses a waypoint and tracking navigation system – it does not have the full visual maps that the others have. Create a waypoint, track, or destination before heading out and upload the information to your GPS to navigate your way while in the wilderness.