Bushnell GPS BackTrack Personal Locator
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- Store and locate up to 3 locations, provides distance and direction back
- High sensitivity SiRF star III GPS receiver, Self calibrating digital compass
- Weather resistant, Operates on 2AAA batteries (not included)
- Compact size stores easily in your pocket or purse
- Lanyard included for easy attachment
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The Bushnell Backtrack- Never Get Lost Again with the easiest to use personal location finder. Just mark the location and BackTrack will help you get back. Use it at the mall and stadium parking lots, at the festival, the park, for travel or your next outdoor adventure.
There's nothing quite as refreshing as a good hike or snowshoe trip, but there's nothing quite as terrifying as getting lost on the trail. Enter the Bushnell GPS BackTrack personal locator, which gets you back to your car or home base safely and easily. The BackTrack is a breeze to use, with an intuitive two-button design that employs GPS technology in its most basic format. All you have to do is mark the location of your car, campsite, or anything else (the BackTrack stores up to three locations) and then forget it until it's time to return. At the end of the day, just select the stored location and the BackTrack will display the direction and distance to travel until you return. You can use it to locate a treestand or trailhead, to find your car in a crowded parking lot, even to rendezvous with a group. Plus, it's extremely compact, so you can stow it conveniently in your pocket, pack, or purse.
The BackTrack is weather-resistant and operates on two AAA batteries (not included). It also comes with a lanyard for easy attachment.
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I wouldn't rely too heavily on which way the direction arrow is pointing. When you're in the process of trying to return to a saved location, the direction arrow does not always point in the exact direction of your saved location. If you keep in mind that the direction indication is not exact, you'll find the BackTrack works quite well. The compass function works about as well as the direction finding indicator. When using the compass, the direction arrow points generally north. If an accurate compass is important to you, you might want to carry an old-fashioned magnetic compass as well.
Here are some important things to remember when using the BackTrack. Any time the unit is on, the back of the unit should be parallel with the ground. If you hold it like a compass, then drop your hand down to walk, then bring the unit back up level, your readings will probably not be accurate. Once the unit is powered off, you can put it into any orientation and the accuracy won't be affected. I made the mistake of accidentally not shutting off the unit before putting it in my pocket once. When I took it out again and powered it up, the compass was 180 degrees off. If you find the compass is that far off, walk in a figure-8 pattern a few times while holding the unit level and it should re-calibrate. If you have not moved a great distance since the last time you turned on your BackTrack, it does not take very long for it to get a satellite lock on its location. I've moved a couple of hundred miles, then turned the unit on and it took about a minute to lock in.
Even with the short-comings of the BackTrack, I am happy with it. For what the unit does, you can't beat the price.
I finally ended up returning the unit to Bushnell for a replacement. The replacement unit is very sporadic in its accuracy and often acts like the unit I retrurned. Not sure if a bad design of if the Bushnell employees did not bother to check out the replacement unit to ensure I would not have continued problems. In any case the experience has certainly dropped my opinion of Bushnell and not sure if I will consider their products in the future.
I continued to hike a few more miles into the forest and set up camp. When the time came to return I kept the BackTrack on the entire time and followed it every step of the way to see if it would get met lost. Sure enough it brought me right back to the vehicle without any problems at all. I was very skeptical when I first bought the device, but I am very happy with the purchase. I would definitely recommend it to anyone out there that wants a simple device to get them home again.
As with all technology, do not put your life in the hands of an electronic gadget. The BackTrack is a neat tool and great just in case you do lose your way, but it does not take the place of good navigation principles. Learn to use a map and compass and be aware of your surroundings at all times. Thanks for reading, and happy camping!