Magellan GPS Review

July 14, 2011 by  

Magellan eXplorist 310 North American


My husband and kids love to go exploring outdoors.  It might just be at our farm this trip, but Dave loves the woods and hiking around.

We had seen a GPS unit (not sure if it was this one we saw or not) on TV months ago. Dave was talking about how nice that would be to have. When I got to review this Magellan GPS I was thrilled because I knew how much Dave was going to like it.

There are several different Magellan eXplorist GPS units that range from about $149 – $550.00.  This is the eXplorist 310 North American that costs $199.00

It is a unit that is hand held and battery powered.  You can take it right with you on hikes or trail rides. It is rugged and has a place that it can slip right onto a clip or belt, or would easily fit in a fanny pack, backpack or clipped on your belt.

You can put in locations or find your location. It gives you the coordinance, elevation etc.. of where you are.

magellan 3The maps are easy to read and geared for outdoors.

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There is an anti glare screen.  In the really bright sunlight it can still be a little difficult to see – you can see by looking at this picture of my step son when he was using it. He was blocking the sun to see it better.

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I think it is fun because as you walk around with it… it tracks your progress. I know you do the same thing with a car GPS… but it still surprised me to see it picked up my steps.

magellan 310The kids used it when they were hiking around the farm. It is easiest enough for them to use (once you set it up)

Dave is excited to use it when we go hiking in Indiana in a few weeks and also said it will be a great addition when we go on our Canada fishing trip next year.


This Magellan eXplorist 310 North American was given to me for review. This does not influence my review. The pictures and opinions are my own.

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2 Responses to “Magellan GPS Review”
  1. Janet says:

    Have you tried Geocaching with the handheld GPS yet? If it is not something you have tried, the kids will LOVE it! Check out the website for more info about this cool, high-tech hobby.

  2. Sandy says:

    I had never heard of that until about 2 weeks ago. I did look into it and was amazed. Yes.. thought the same thing, something we will have to try. Thanks!

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