Whether you're getting into fitness this Spring, or just looking for a little gadget to make finding your way on the hills that little bit easier, we've taken a look at some of the newest and the best navigation items from our top brands.
Raise your hand if you've ever been struggling with a map in 50mph gusts on the way to a bothy? Today GPS has been incorporated into many different devices and systems in order to help you find your way or track your movements for fitness purposes. Some of the best outdoor companies are now looking to provide a wide variety of GPS applications that benefit many individuals around the world. GPS devices have many great advantages including that many can be very small, hand held and portable, making it easier to follow your progress or find your position with a few taps on your wrist.
With fitness trackers, you can now monitor things such as your heart rate, speed, distance, elevation, as well as checking the time every now and then to see how long you've got left until sunset. Using these devices can help you set personal fitness targets, monitor your progress, challenge others and incentivise your outdoor workout.
Before you decide on whether you need a GPS device, fitness tracker, or smart watch that combines both, check out our top picks for navigation and wearable technology for this spring. With a huge range of options from brand leaders like Garmin and Suunto, including those used by our resident Everest Scaler, Mollie Hughes on her #TisoReturnToEverest expedition this month, we've compiled a list of our favourite 5 products for you to invest in!
Garmin Fenix 5S - £499
Suitable for a wide range of activities, from running, swimming, paddle sports and hiking, the Garmin Fenix 5S is the smaller alternative to many GPS enabled smart fitness trackers. The GPS mode allows you to guide your way in confidence due to it's GLONASS satellite positioning.With a battery life that can extend to 9 days usage on smartwatch mode, and up to 14 hours on GPS mode, you'll be able to get in lots of adventure before you need to connect to a charger. With advanced running dynamics, you can compare your performance with your own averages, and the watch can estimate when your muscles are likely to fatigue. The Garmin Chroma Display with LED back lighting also means you'll be able to check your stats no matter what the conditions.
Suunto Spartan Sport Watch - £399
Designed specifically for sport, with a colour screen, 100m water resistance, multi-use compass and up to 16 hours of battery life in training mode, the Suunto Spartan Sport Watch is a great option for those who are really fitness orientated. With sports expertise built in, including monitors for heart rate, calorie burning, peak training effects, recovery time, running pace, power and cycling speed, and automated intervals for swimming, this is potentially one of the most innovative and expert pieces for sports tracking. With this, you can also see a 30 day summary of results right on the watch, with additional information on other users for comparisons such as personal bests, peer-to-peer coaching and route heat-maps, so no need to go looking through data for the results!
Garmin 64S GPS Bundle - £399
Ready for the most challenging terrain and adventure, the Garmin 64S is highly durable and water resistant. With a high performance GLONASS receiver and a quad helix antenna, this device has superb reception even in thick forest or deep valleys. With up to 16 hours of continuous use and wireless connection to your phone for live tracking, this device is a great option for those looking for a GPS to help them with geocaching or for those more advanced expeditions. The sun resistant screen means you'll get the clearest view of the stored maps, with birds eye satellite technology to give the most accurate representation of the outdoors. You'll also be able to mark way-points, routes, tracks and your own caches with the 3.5gb memory and additional SD card slot.
Suunto Traverse Amber Watch - £325
Topographic mapping and route planning with the Movescount.com application, as well as a variety of great features make the Suunto Traverse watch a great option for many adventurers. With built in GPS & GLONASS navigation packages, real time breadcrumbs for retracing your steps if needs be, and features for sunrise / sunset times, a compass, flashlight and vibration alarms, this device is a good all rounder. Linking with your phone and also boasting 100m water resistance, the Suunto Traverse can accurately track your steps, calories and speed / distance for hour after hour.
Garmin Vivoactive Smartwatch - £240
Despite being the cheapest in our selection, the Garmin Vivoactive is a popular choice for fitness fans. With a high resolution colour touch screen which has anti-glare for sunlight protection, and a wide range of built in sports apps such as GPS enabled running, cycling and swimming trackers, this device is a great choice for those who want a stylish and comfortable smart watch without breaking the bank. With up to 8 days battery life in activity mode, and customisable watch faces, widgets and more, you can really make the Garmin Vivoactive unique to you. You'll be able to set upo vibration alerts for heart race, pace, intervals, speed, progress, stroke count and much, much more, so tracking your personal fitness progress is a breeze!