Editor's Pick: Garmin eTrex 30

An in-depth look at the Garmin eTrex 30 handheld GPS.

Navigation is the one aspect of every hunt that's often taken for granted. If you're hunting your Back 40, odds are good you know where you're going and how to get there. But if the terrain is more expansive, knowing where you're going and what you're looking for is only half the equation ... you also need to know how to get back.

Stories of getting lost have graced bonfires and bolstered laughter for generations, but being lost and in a sudden survival situation is no laughing matter.

On the flip side, a high-end GPS will not only save your hide, but it could be the determining factor in having elk chops through the winter rather than chewing on Ramen noodles and regrets.

The NAH editorial staff recently got their hands all over the newly improved Garmin eTrex 30 handheld GPS and tore it apart to see if it stood up to the stringent Hunter standards.

Features: 2.2-inch, 65K color TFT display. High-sensitivity, WAAS-enabled GPS receiver with HotFix and GLONASS support. Three-axis electronic compass and barometric altimeter. Worldwide basemap with shaded relief. Internal memory and microSD card slot for additional mapping. Unit-to-unit wireless data transfer capabilities for routes, tracks, waypoints and geocaches. Supports paperless geocaching. Rugged, waterproof (IEC 60529 IPX7) USB interface. Supports spine mounting accessories. More than 20 hours of battery life: 2 AA.

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