I have a Map76 which is great when you need, well, a map. But mostly I use a Garmin Forerunner 301 which gives me only a "crumb trail", compass, and directions back to my starting (or other preset) point. Which is entirely adequate for day paddles in the fog. As long as I can get home, it's all good. The Forerunner has the advantage of being cheap ($80 refurbished on Ebay) and therefore semi-disposable. It is waterproof, reliable, and runs 14 hours at a time on an internal rechargeable. The 301 also gives me my heart rate, which can be handy now and then. I never wear it on my wrist - I keep it looped on my sprayskirt or on a little mount between my knees on the ski, and its display is large enough to read easily at that distance. If it dies, I'll get another.
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Posted by: wavetamer on May-03-10 2:20 PM (EST)
Hey, if it works!!! There are many things out there that are not expensive that do the trick. Hope it continues to serve you well.