The Best GPS For Mountain Biking 2011

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Garmin's amazing Oregon 400t GPS unit is the handiest backwoods device for hikers, climbers and mountain bikers since flattened toilet paper!

Backpacking magazine has given this unit its Editor's Choice award, because of its easy, intuitive user interface (the vaunted touch screen), its brilliant collection of features, and it's rugged, water-resistant case. One other thing you should know going in: it takes two AA batteries, so you won't find yourself on the hook for a $50 battery pack a year from now.


This high-sensitivity GPS receiver is preloaded with topographic maps of the entire U.S., and features a high-resolution full color 3-inch touchscreen that reacts as you tap or drag through menus and options. Thanks to its HotFix satellite prediction feature, theOregon 400t locates your position quickly and precisely and maintains its GPS location even in heavy cover and deep canyons. It also has a barometric altimeter and an electronic compass, and (attention, mountain bikers!) it's compatible with Garmin's heart-rate monitors and speed/cadence sensors.

Maps and views

The preloaded U.S. topographic maps, 3D map view and a built-in worldwide basemap with shaded relief give you all the tools you need for serious (and safe!) climbing or hiking. Map detail includes national, state and local parks and forests, along with terrain contours, elevation information, trails, rivers, lakes and points of interest. In case you're wondering how steep that hill really is, the Oregon's 3D map view helps you visualize your surroundings--giving you a better perspective of the elevation.

Multiple Profiles, Brilliant Screen, Wireless Data Exchange

The Oregon 400t lets you maintain and customize five profiles--automotive, marine, recreation, fitness or geocaching--making the most beneficial features for each activity the easiest to access through quick shortcuts. The tough, 3-inch color touchscreen display is easy to read even in direct sunlight, and the Oregon's easy-to-use interface means you'll spend more time enjoying the outdoors and less time searching for information.

It also allows for wireless exchange of tracks, waypoints and geocaches between other Oregon units and Garmin Colorado models.

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