In this video I review the Bushnell Backtrack GPS Personal Location Finder. The Bushnell device combines GPS with a digital compass to help you navigate back to a spot you have been to before (such as your house, where you parked your car, etc). The unit can store up to 3 “waypoints”. I provide a brief explanation of the unit and then provide a field test. Note, this unit does not utilize maps and requires no subscriptions. Hence, it is reasonably inexpensive (roughly $50). My field test indicates that although there are some faults, they can be usually be overcome, providing a useful tool when hiking. I have absolutely no connection with the manufacturer and merely wish to provide an unbiased review of the product. If you use this product (or similar products) be forewarned that they can fail – you should not rely on them solely, especially if you are orienteering. Be prudent and exercise caution. Also, my explanation of how the unit works is based purely on some experience with robots and is an educated guess – I have not found any good documentation. QSTARZ and IDC (Ecco) appear to provide similar devices. I have not tested them. I would love to hear from anyone who has done a comparison.
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