Bushnell BackTrack D-Tour GPS Review

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The aptly named Bushnell BackTrack D-Tour takes a detour from the portable GPS navigation devices used in moving vehicles. And Bushnell BackTrack D-Tour reviews heartily approve. Designed for the great outdoors, this hand-held GPS excels at keeping track of where you've been, which also keeps you from getting lost. Engadget gushes about the simple, self-calibrating digital compass navigation rather than the maps and turn-left-at-the-next-tree approach of traditional GPS systems.

Users -- hunters, hikers, boaters, and the like -- praise its simplicity, reliability, and accuracy. Logging in the coordinates for up to five locations lets you explore without worrying about getting back to the starting point, assert Bushnell BackTrack D-Tour reviews at Gander Mountain. And creating a map by downloading the route to a computer after the fact lets spouses waiting at home know for next time where their hunters have gone, notes a post at B&H. Indeed, a Bushnell BackTrack D-Tour review by Backpacker says the device acquitted itself nicely in a dense forest although it needed about 10 minutes to find the day's first satellite signal and some recalculations were necessary at one point to get back on track.

The BackTrack D-Tour (starting at $80, Amazon) weighs just 6 ounces (with batteries) and runs on three AAA batteries. There are no pretty graphical maps with this product, but a digital compass built into the GPS and set against a 1.6x1.6-inch grayscale LCD display provides all the guidance you'll need. Aside from GPS navigation, the BackTrack D-Tour also keeps tabs on the time, temperature, altitude, and latitude and longitude. And it's outfitted with an integrated USB port.

The D-Tour GPS isn't for everyone, and it's not designed to be your personal navigator when driving. But for outdoorsy types, this little device will get you home safely and map your sorties so you can return to a favorite fishing hole or hiking route. On a cautionary note -- take a map with you anyway.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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