1. Please accept my application to test the Magellan eXplorist 310 GPS Receiver.
I have read the BackpackGearTest Survival Guide, version 0609, including Chapters 4, 5 and 6, and I will follow all requirements. I have also completed the tester agreement and submitted it as required. I will have no difficulty meeting the minimum expected use requirements for this test.
3. PERSONAL BIO
Name: Brian Hartman
Height: 5' 9" (1.7 Meters)
Weight: 145 Pounds (66 Kilograms)
Email address: bhart1426 at yahoo dot com
City, State, Country: Westfield, Indiana, U.S.
4. TEST PLAN:
I am passionate about off-trail backpacking in National and State Parks especially in fall and winter. While hiking thru miles of uninterrupted wilderness, this device would give me peace-of-mind without the worry of how I am going to get back at the end of the week. If the eXplorist 310 works as advertised, it will give me unmatched freedom in the backwoods. I plan to test this GPS on upcoming trips to Brown County State Park and the Hoosier National Forest. Some of the things I would like to evaluate include its ease of use, accuracy, durability and battery life. For starters, I will determine how quickly it locates its satellites and how easy the menus are to navigate. In addition, I'm curious how well the eXplorist 310 maintains its GPS signal in forests and rugged hills. Is the compass reliable and how accurate are its bearings? Is the screen viewable in direct sunlight and how functional is the backlight after dark? How
long do the batteries actually last and is the unit rugged enough for extended off trail use? Finally, I am really excited about a unique feature of the eXplorist 310 which overlays a transparent compass on top of preloaded maps that show terrain, water features etc. I can fully test this feature while I am hiking off-trail and not relying on waypoints or any predetermined route for my destination. I have used the Garmin 60CSx GPS, which is considered the defacto standard for trail GPS’s, for many years and am excited to find out if this new GPS with new technology and some really cool features will dethrone the old king?
5. PREVIOUS TESTS / ORs
Previous reports: http://www.backpackgeartest.org/tester_reviews/crazycamper
Upload and post score: -1
Owner reviews (last 12 months): 3
6. STATUS PAGE: http://teststatus.backpackgeartest.org/T1849.htm
7. CURRENT TEST LOAD
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8. APPLICATIONS UNDER CONSIDERATION – NONE
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