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The Geocaching treasure hunt is one of the most exciting adventures you can set out on with your family or friends, and with a competent GPS, your hunt is as safe and fruitful as it is thrilling. Most Geocaching websites have tons and tons of GPS related information enough to daze one, so what we've done here is compile the necessary bits so you can make sense of it all.

For starters, how're you planning to travel to the cache locations?
Will you cruise the area by car? If so look for a GPS that has an external antenna.
If you're going to ride around by bike you can opt for a handheld GPS that can also be mounted on the handlebar of your bike.
For those who intend to explore on foot, leading brands like Tomtom and Garmin have some great wrist mounts, so you won't have an added thing to carry around on your hike.
In any case, it's best to have something that is light (under 1lb) with a good sunlight readable touchscreen. Do check out our more versatile list of the best GPS for Geocaching

As for what features your GPS should have, lets consider what Geocaching entails and go into each requirement in the paragraphs below.

Geocachers often find themselves in a frustrating plight of being in the vicinity of a cache but unable to locate it, and here's where a built-in compass comes in handy. Geocaching GPS devices today come laden with benefits like geocaching apps such as pocket queries and other cache specific details too that can further help you in your search. Some GPS units also allow you to easily log and record your cache and have sufficient in-built storage for geocache locations and coordinates.

Apart from cache related features, Geocachers need good map coverage with base maps as well as detailed maps of areas they intend to traverse, along with lots of waypoints (say 4000), and if you want extra memory look for something with a SD slot. Our list of the best handheld GPS for geocaching includes top rated units that include memory slots or USB hubs which are the most convenient interfaces today.

Lastly, your hunt most likely will lead you into the countryside where you will be surrounded by trees which tend to hinder GPS signals; and you don't want to lose your way! Your GPS must therefore have excellent reception abilities which means an external antenna backed by at least 12 channel support on the unit. The more number of channels your GPS has, the quicker it can lock a satellite to retrieve information, and 12 is reckoned the best and most practicable number to get quick and accurate coordinates.

Eliminate power-out inconveniences and damage concerns, especially when geocaching with kids by looking for a GPS with long battery life and a waterproofing element. Most of the best GPS units today implement a waterproofing standard of IPX7 which can withstand 30 minutes of dousing, more than sufficient for a geocacher.

You don't require a high end GPS with top notch features for your hunt. Geocaching is supposed to be a fun activity, so keep it safe and simple with a reliable one.

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Skycaddie SGX

SkyCaddie SGX Golf GPS (2012 Version)


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SkyCaddie SGX (2012 Version)
Golf Buddy Voice GPS Rangefinder
Garmin Rino 610
Garmin Astro 320
IZZO Swami 4000
SkyCaddie SGX Golf GPS (2012 Version)
GolfBuddy Voice GPS Rangefinder
Garmin Rino 610 GPS Receiver
Garmin Astro 320 GPS Receiver
IZZO Swami 4000 Golf GPS
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May 2012
May 2012
Aug 2011
Nov 2011
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Designation
Golf, Outdoor
Outdoor, Golf
Hiking, Outdoor
Hiking, Outdoor
Outdoor, Golf
Form Factor
Handheld
Handheld
Handheld
Handheld
Handheld
Map capabilities
Internal
Internal
Internal
Internal, Map cartridges / Data cards
Internal
Input Method
Touch Screen, Buttons
Buttons
Keypad
Keypad
Buttons
Screen Size
3.0 inch
2.6 inch
2.6 inch
1.8 inch
User interface
Touch Screen, Buttons
Buttons
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  • Expensive, but for the enthusiastic amateur it's a superb training tool and round recorder.

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    While the SkyCaddie SGX incorporates some features which users will find appealing, the lack of polish in the interface, no touchscreen ability, the poor course coverage, and buggy desktop software make this device difficult to wholeheartedly recommend at a cost of approximately $500 for 3 years.

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    Overall, in my opinion the Skycaddie SGX GPS navigation is a superb tool for the more complex golfer. This product isn't something for that weekend hacker. It is perfect for the gamers that need to make enhancements around the course.

    If you are not seriously interested in your round of golf you might like to take a look at other Gps navigation models because that one is a little pricey around $300.


  • For golfing enthusiasts, the GolfBuddy Voice is a nifty little GPS rangefinder that incorporates audio readouts. It has a very large number of course and hole information from all over the world built into it, with no additional costs, and it even managed to find the little public course that we tested it on.

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    The GolfBuddy Voice GPS dazzled us at the PGA Merchandise Show just a few months ago and continued to through our testing. It works as advertised and delivers accurate measurements with the touch of a button. It is also a great conversation piece when not playing with your regular group as not a single person that we encountered played without asking about it. This new gadget hits stores this month for a price around $180.

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    If you're looking for small and convenient, and you're happy with GPS yardages, GolfBuddy is a great choice. My home course, Treesdale Golf & Country Club, has carts that come equipped with GPS systems, and the yardages I got from those matched GolfBuddy Voice's almost identically. I didn't test it against Sky Caddie, a GPS rangefinder that's based on actual ground-walked measurements, but my use of Sky Caddie has convinced me it is extremely accurate.


  • The Garmin Forerunner 610 is an outstanding device. It's versatile, responsive, accurate and well-designed. It's not just the big things like how it's packed with features, and the way they are accessed and arranged in such a logical way. Small details matter, like being able to set the time manually while on a flight without having to connect to a computer or find a satellite signal, using a magnetic charger, or having the scrolling touchscreen menus. It's a great product with a hefty price.


  • Garmin's Forerunner 610 is pricy but if you're a serious athlete we can definitely see its value. It's able to track and store a huge range of workout metrics in combination with the bundled heart-rate monitor, and includes software to monitor your long-term progress via PC. The touchscreen may be a bit fiddly but our biggest concern is the short-ish battery life.


  • The Forerunner 610 is a huge improvement in terms of operability over the 410. The touch screen makes interacting with the menus, cycling through pages and accessing the data much much easier. But there are still the occasional problemsd with selecting options on screen, scrolling is one operation that, for me at leats, still proved fiddly and cumbersome but on a run, which is where it really counts, it works well. A single tap to select and change pages is easily performed and the data can be scanned quickly.


  • The Astro 320 handheld GPS has a removeable microSD card slot that allows you to add additional maps including detailed maps such as TOPO, Inland Lakes, BlueChart and City Navigator. You can also add Garmin BirdsEye Satellite imagery with subscription.

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    The SWAMI 4000 is a Golf GPS unit with over . There is no Annual Fee and no Subscription cost. Just charge the SWAMI 4000 and go play golf. It's that simple. SWAMI automatically knows where you are and what course you're playing. In fact, golfers using GPS systems play faster and their scores are lower.

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    The IZZO Swami 4000 Golf GPS is a more affordable alternative to many higher-priced Golf GPS units on the market, but works just as well by offering many of the same features and benefits needed to maximize your performance on the course. The Swami 4000 comes preloaded with over 25,000 worldwide course maps and requires no computer downloads or an annual subscription.


Top 5 handheld gps for geocaching:

  1. SkyCaddie SGX Golf GPS (2012 Version)
  2. GolfBuddy Voice GPS Rangefinder
  3. Garmin Rino 610 GPS Receiver
  4. Garmin Astro 320 GPS Receiver
  5. IZZO Swami 4000 Golf GPS