Application - MAGELLAN 350 H GPS - Coy Starnes
Applicant: Coy Starnes
Weight 250 lb. (113
Height 6 ft. (1.83 m.)
E-Mail: starnescr@... (starnescr at yahoo dot com)
Location: Northeast Alabama (Grant)
I have read the latest version (v. 0609) of the Survival Guide,especially
chapters 4, 5, and 6 and I agree to abide by all rules and requirements set forth. My signed Tester Agreement is on file with BGT. I will meet the
minimum nights required (5), or in this case, some hiking but mostly for hunting.
am an avid outdoorsman and enjoy hiking, backpacking, hunting, kayaking/
canoeing, caving, and spending as much time outdoors as possible. I live
in northeast Alabama where I do most of my backpacking and hiking. I
hike solo and with friends and family. I go hiking throughout the year
but sometimes wimp out of actually backpacking in midsummer when the
heat and humidity make the trail miserable.I
usually hunt on my own land or TVA land that is open to hunting. I have
not hunted the Skyline WMA in several years but plan to deer hunt it this year. The terrain is
usually never flat and seldom dry and the trails (if I'm even on a trail) are often slick when wet. Rocks
and roots are everywhere.
style is slow and steady. My shelter of choice is a hammock and I
usually cook with an alcohol stove. I have made great strides in
becoming a lightweight backpacker but I still choose gear with an eye
towards comfort and durability. My pack weight is around 25 lb (11 kg)
for most summer 2
and 3 day trips. However, in the winter my pack weight climbs
considerably, not only in weight but in bulk as well.
Hello John, I would be happy to help
BGT test this GPS. I Recently got a smart phone (February 2013) and one
of the first things I did was put a couple of navigation apps
(ViewRanger and MapMyRide) on it. These work pretty good but I found a
few limitations that the MAGELLAN
350 H GPS should address. When my fingers got cold and or the screen
on my phone became wet I could not get the touch interface to respond to
my finger. This was very frustration. I also noticed that when using
a GPS app my battery drained at an alarming rate. I have been on hikes
of several hours and had my phone use nearly 50% of it's battery life.
Fortunately, these hikes were planned and I had fully charged my phone
before heading out. But, I still would like a stand along GPS so that I
can save my phone for more important stuff, like taking pictures or
making a call if needed.
If selected, my test plan will mainly
be about how easy (or not) the unit is to use. I want to be able to
just mash a couple of buttons to track a route, store a route, mark a
waypoint etc. If it gets complicated I get frustrated. As a result, my
review might not be the most technical but I will strive to make it
practical. I am also interested in how easy it is to transfer my field
data over to my PC. I mostly squirrel hunt and this past Saturday I
went with a buddy on some TVA land we had never explored. Neither one of
us used our phone to mark a track but we were able to pull up a topo
map and see where we were and knew we were parked at the end of the road
we drove into the area on. However, we were both sore the next day and
had no idea how far we hiked. We guesstimated about 3 miles but it was
over very rugged terrain and we did climb about 600 ft. It would have
been neat to have tracked our route and then downloaded it to a PC.
listed 18 hour battery life is pretty good but I also like that the GPS
features a suspend mode that will save battery power while still
tracking my route. This could come in handy for those times I find the
battery power low when I want to use the GPS and dont have a fresh set
handy. I also like that it used AA batteries.
I probably will
not be able to use the boundary alarm feature because the WMA's in
Alabama are not listed as available. However, a quick Google search did
mention that they are working on getting them.
And lastly, I
will probably use it while fishing and exploring with my kayak. It
would be handy to be able to mark good fishing spots I find. I also
kayak in a few areas that are easy to get lost in. I have been with
other kayakers who had a GPS and we depended on the GPS to find our way
back out once we paddled back into an area with multiple channels. The
fact that the Magellan 350H is rated IPX-7 (waterproof to 1 meter for
30 minutes) should make it pretty good for kayaking as long as I don't drop it into deep water.
Proposed Test Locations and Conditions
Test Load: 3
Carhartt Henley Tee: LTR due Nov 19th 2013
Selk' sleeping bag: IR uploaded yesterday, dates not set yet.
Selected to test Mountain Khakis Rendezvous, awaiting delivery.
Applications being considered: 1
are my reviews.
My test status page is here
I am currently monitoring 2 test.