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As a regular hiker I thought a SatMap would be an excellent gadget to take out with me, no more fiddling with paper maps on windy hillsides or trying to figure out where I am in fog. It's very expensive for a GPS, certainly more so than my old Garmin GPS, but I think the full OS map on the screen somewhat justifies this.
The screen is large and clear, but does not come with a screen protector, so I got one of these to protect it. The screen is replaceable and you can buy new ones quite easily but I want to protect it in the first place. The provided case is nice, with extra storage pockets but I found it a bit bulky to carry around. The device itself is very robust and should survive the majority of knocks.
My major issue with the product is that it's operation is not intuitive, I had to read the manuel, some bits more than once, to figure out how to work it correctly. This means the device is not really suitable for passing around a group unless you take the time to show everyone how to use it.
The device comes with two power options, a recharagble battery and a 3 AA battery pack. The rechargable battery will last for a day or so, but is not really suitable for long trips unless you have somewhere to recharge it, so the AA battery option is perfect. It also solves another problem, even reading the manual on the manufacture's website I could not figure out how to install the recharable battery pack, which requires the removal of the AA battery pack.
If you like planning routes on the go I would avoid this product, the planning is tedious using the controls but this is a minor annoyance. Related to this, maps for the device are expensive. It's worth considering this before buying the device, and will obviously depend on circumstances. I got mine with a 1:50,000 GB map and then purchased a 1:25,000 of the Lake District which suits me fine, however it means that I can't use my SatMap for detailed mapping in the Pennines or Snowdonia.
Overall, a good GPS packed with features, though I personally prefer other devices.
Ok you're out for a nice walk in the English countryside and it starts to rain...no this is England so it pours down. You are now wondering where you are so you have to get your map out and before you know where you are the map is soaked and is ruined.
Ok there is another option and that is buying one of the laminated maps. Yes they are good if it rains or gets muddy but they still have the problem of being big and awkward, plus you still have to work out where about you are.
Well now you don't have to worry about any of the above. The Satmap Active 10 has got to be the best GPS map system on the market. Its nothing like a car GPS so if you looking for a GPS map System that talks to you then you will be disappointed. I don't believe a talking system would be any good anyway as I just imagine it saying "AT THE NEXT ROCK TURN LEFT".
In the box is the Active 10, a lanyard and instructions. Ok this seems very basic but that's really all you need to get started with the unit.
Now comes the one painful bit....you have to buy the maps separately. You can buy them as regions or half, full country. As with paper maps you can buy 1:25 or 1:50 scale maps. The prices for the maps range from £30 up to around £150 depending on how big an area you want. The is a basic road map built into the unit for you to play around with when you get the system home if you don't buy a map with it.
The display is nice and clear you have a few buttons on the sine of the unit to select various menus and there is a small joystick at the bottom bellow the screen. The unit is waterproof so you don't have to worry about using it in the rain or if you have got mud on it. If you do get the screen scratched and you want to replace it then you can purchase a pack of 3 screen covers for around £15. You just unclip the screen cover that's on the unit and snap the new one into place. It's a better system than having to stick flimsy pieces of clear plastic to the screen as you do with other devices.
When you turn the unit on it can take up to 2 minutes to lock onto a GPS signal from cold but that should not be a problem if you turn the unit on while you're putting your walking boots on. The maps come on a SD card and just slot into the unit. They are OS maps so you wont see any difference if your used to using them. You can zoom in and out of your location. Another screen displays distance and current walking speed. You can also plot routes into the unit before you set off.
You are best off looking around if you wish to buy this GPS map system as many places have deals but they often don't last long.
Overall if you're a keen walker, biker or even a keen jogger this is the best system you could have right now. You can get updates from the SATMAP website so it should stay up to date.
The Satmap Active 10 is purpose built for the great outdoors, offering a long battery life in a waterproof and shockproof casing. It has some of the most advanced navigation technology available: Electronic compass, Direction indicator, On board route planning, Map orientation You get full GB road map as a base map on the unit, supplied completely free of charge. This is a vector style map, and you can choose to have road names turned on or off. There is also an Ordnance Survey 1:1,000,000 map if the whole of Great Britain, which is great for panning rapidly across the country when planning routes: this too is supplied completely free of charge.