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Magellan GPS Blazer12 Waterproof Hiking GPS

3.5 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

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  • Powerful 12-parallel channel receiver
  • Super-sensitive quadrifilar antenna
  • Wraparound rubber armoring, weatherproof
  • 100 landmarks, one reversible route with 10 legs
  • Easy to use, and it floats
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Product Features

Product Packaging: Standard Packaging
  • Size (LWH): 7.3 inches, 4.9 inches, 1.8 inches
  • Weight: 1.6 ounces
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Product Description

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Product Description

GPS Blazer 12, 12 parallel channel, hand held receiver with wrist strap and user guide.

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Whether hiking through the woods or traveling back roads, you always know where you are with the Magellan GPS Blazer 12 Satellite Navigator. It displays bearing, heading, distance, speed, and more on its three navigation screens. Nine coordinate and thirteen map datum systems allow you to plot your position on almost any map.

Setting up the Blazer 12 was easy. We just installed the batteries and initialized the receiver by answering a few on-screen questions about our location and the time and date. The unit assumes that you already know a little about basic map reading, longitude, and latitude, but the User Manual introduces you to the Blazer 12's features in no time.

It took a little over three minutes for the Blazer 12 to get a position fix after initializing. After that, marking our initial position was as easy as pressing the Mark button. We watched our precise longitude and latitude change as we walked and drove; the Blazer 12 tracked our distance as we moved. As we returned to our initial position, the Blazer 12 guided us back with the appropriate directions.

The Blazer 12 is rated to last 20 hours on two alkaline batteries; ours lasted eight hours on two Ni-Cad batteries. The unit is also rated to retain its memory for 30 minutes without the batteries; we checked ours at one hour and the memory was still intact.

Considering the low-cost peace of mind that the Blazer 12 provides, it's hard to imagine trekking into the unknown without one.

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Rugged, waterproof construction
  • Easy-to-follow instructions

Cons

  • No I/O or PC support
  • No built-in atlas

Product Information

Product Packaging:Standard Packaging
Product Dimensions 7.3 x 4.9 x 1.8 inches
Item Weight 1.6 ounces
Shipping Weight 8 ounces
ASIN B00000J0IT
Item model number 63005000
Batteries 2 AA batteries required.
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3.5 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #622 in Electronics > GPS & Navigation > Sports & Handheld GPS > Handheld GPS Units
#15,713 in Sports & Outdoors > Sports & Fitness > Hunting & Fishing > Hunting > Hunting Accessories
#62,939 in Sports & Outdoors > Sports & Fitness > Accessories
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes

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By Philip Lohman on August 17, 1999
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I recently took one of these to the Wind River Range in Wyoming. Performance was fast and flawless, with one irritating exception: the on/off switch is so sensitive that almost anything that touches the face of the keypad will turn the receiver on. If this happens in your pack, the result is dead batteries. I've called Magellan about it and had to leave a message. So far, I haven't received a reply (which is also annoying). I checked at REI, where I bought the Blazer originally and they've had several complaints about this. It also seems to be a problem with Garmin receivers.
Philip Lohman
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This item is useful for the novice and expert alike. It allows the user to see his/her location at all times ( in lat/long, or the UTM) and it allows the user to plot courses. What more do you need?
When the blazer 12 is used in conjunction with a map its performance has been flawless for me. However, it can be used without a map if all you are doing is marking and traviling to and from known locations. The accuracy seems to be as close to dead on as a gps can get.
This is a great product for those who want just a basic navigation tool. I just don't have anything bad to say about it. I suppose if you wanted an automapping feature or external int. or pc interface capability this is not the one for you.
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The Blazer 12 is a user-friendly and ergonomically efficient tool for basic tracking and location information. The altitude feature is also great if you are calibrating weather equipment. Sure, you can spend $50 more and get more bells and whistles, but this unit offers all the essential information you need for basic urban and rural expeditions. I will have to admit I am fairly good at direction anyway, but this model helps verify where I think I am. Like any other gadget used for the novice explorer, it is complimentary, but shouldn't be used as your last line of defense. If you need a GPS for IFR Flying or deep woods camping, buy one of the really expensive downloadable map GPS'. But if you just want to know where you are and where you are going, and where you have been...this does all that for you.
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This thing works fairly well. I got it for free from a car dealer promotion, so really can't complain. On trips I can program lat/long into the unit and hit the waypoint within 0.01 miles consistently. The unit is tough, rugged, and will take a lot of abuse. Battery life is well over 10 hours, but starts to really drop off once the backlight is used.

The only real downfall with this unit is that it takes a very, very, very, VERY long time to get an initial fix if the batteries die or are removed longer than 20 minutes. It forgets EVERYTHING and must be reset. The reset program loads the system with a default location you specify (i.e. US states, Candian provinces, etc.) and the unit then tries to figure out which satellites can be seen from a "default" lat/long preprogrammed for that state. Sounds great...Works lousy. For example I'm in the far Southwestern tip of Virginia. Only problem is that the default location for Virginia is 5 degrees East of me in longitude...meaning the unit really can't see the sats it thinks it can. And to compound the problem, I live equidistant from the preprogrammed locations for TN, KY, WV, VA, and NC.

I put fresh batteries in mine today, plugged in the way points I wanted to go and took off. An hour's drive later I arrived at my destination (luckily, I didn't need the GPS..this time). Still no lock. Then came home and put the unit on my back fence. Two hours later, it locked for the first time. Now it works right off the bat.

Overall, not exceptionally bad for the right price, but know what you're getting into beforehand. It's not a unit that you can slap batteries into and go on a whim.
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The case seems shotty and the ON/OFF button is too touchy... I ran out of batteries on my camping trip to Yellowstone "thanks alot ON/OFF button DO NOT BUY THIS! Spend an extra $50 and get a good one!
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