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Best Outdoor GPS unit for Christmas 2020 and 2021

What is the best Outdoor GPS unit for 2020 and early 2021? This is a question we get asked lots as 2020 draws to an end.

It is been an amazing year for Outdoor GPS navigation. After the dreaded Covid 19 lockdown, many more people headed into the outdoors.

This has seen a massive increase in people looking for Outdoor GPS units to navigate them.

Last year The Guardian officially said walking is ‘No longer just an activity for older people with sticks, rambling in the countryside is catching on with a new generation’, it is now officially cool. You can read the article here.

GPS units – New Outdoor GPS units for late 2020.

It has been a busy second half of 2020. Garmin continued to dominate the sector, by launching a staggering six GPS units at all price brackets.

From the budget Garmin GPSMAP 65s, which has really livened that part of the market up right through to the stunning, large screen, Garmin Montana 700 range (read our review here).

With the new Montana 700 range having the option of two-way satellite communication being incorporated into this top end unit it has certainly shook the GPS market up lots.

Therefore, there is now even more Outdoor GPS units when looking at what is the best Outdoor GPS unit for Christmas 2020 and 2021. But don’t worry we have produced a great toot to guide you through them all.

GPS chooser bot – let us guide you through the process

In late October the Outdoor GPS Shop officially launched the Outdoor GPS chooser bot. This automated GPS chooser will ask you a few simple questions.

These questions include what you will be using your GPS for, what features you would like on your Outdoor GPS unit and your budget.

With this information from you the Outdoor GPS chooser bot analyses the answers you have given and recommends the best Outdoor GPS unit for you.

It rates the results in a % score on how well each Outdoor GPS unit will meet your requirements. Then it lists the best Outdoor GPS unit for you at the top of that list.

It is free and no personal information is requested from you.  Get yourself a tailored recommendation.

GPS Unit selector

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  • What primary activity will you use the GPS unit for?

  • What secondary activity will you use the GPS unit for?

  • Would you like GB maps or GB and European maps?

  • Would you prefer a touch screen (easier to input information) or button (you can use with glovers on) GPS unit ?

  • Would you like a large screen on your GPS Unit?

  • Would you like your GPS to run from AA batteries or built in battery?

  • Would you like two way satellite communication (subscription required)

  • What is your budget?

  • Based on your selections, these are the best options for you...

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Hill skills and planning

Whatever your planned activity for the day or multiple days, be honest with yourself about your hill skills and planning for both you and your fellow walkers, it’s all about having the knowledge, fitness, and ability.

We all like to kid ourselves that we are fitter, or indeed more capable than we are. It pays to be honest with yourself and why not look at improving your planning and hill skills.

Plan before you go and carry the correct gear – hill skills and planning

Carry a map and compass and know how to use them. Compliment these with your Outdoor GPS unit or GPS watch. And don’t forget those spare batteries for your GPS unit and backup power pack for your phone and watch.

Every year thousands of people end up calling for help because they are lost and/or tired. Nowadays paper maps may seem unnecessary, but they are light to carry and their batteries don’t run out of charge!

For simple guides to map reading and using a compass check out the GPS Training online resource (free course)

Plan for the least able member of your group – hill skills and planning

For example, if reaching the summit is going to be a challenge then switch to a lower level walk that you can all enjoy and achieve comfortably.

If you are out with friends please do respect them. You are not going out to prove your ability you are going out to build friendships so don’t push them beyond their capabilities.

Know your limits – hill skills and planning

If the weather, ground conditions or route are beyond your capabilities or equipment, consider your options. It’s OK to choose a more suitable route or to turn back. Remember to allow enough time for the least able member of your group.

Plan your escape routes, how will you get off the planned route at x, y and z if the weather suddenly changes.

If you’re doing something new or going somewhere new…

Why not go with a qualified guide or instructor, think about signing up for some training?

If you are looking for GPS training our partners at GPS Training have some great courses, both online and physical GPS training courses around the country.

It costs nothing to plan and think about your adventure ahead before you set off and gaining further training is fun, like-minded people wanting to gain new skills.