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2018’s best navigation devices

From the hi-tech to tried and tested, here’s all you need to navigate safely in the wilderness.

Silva Ranger S $79.99
Liquid-filled capsule and luminous needle balanced for NZ, 1:50k and 1:25k scales and ruler, soft grip bezel, Silva 1-2-3 system for staying on route, magnifying lens, magnetic declination markings, sighting mirror, measuring lanyard with 1:25k and 1:50k scales. 58g.


Suunto Clipper L/B NH Compass $29.90
Liquid filled jewel bearing, luminescent markings, direction on rotating bezel in 10-degree increments. Clips to watch strap, sleeve, backpack strap, side of map. 5g.


Silva Field $49.99
Liquid-filled capsule balanced for NZ, base plate map-measuring in millimetres, 1:50k and 1:25k scales, soft grip bezel, Silva 1-2-3 system for staying on route, magnetic declination markings. 28g.


Silva Expedition $99.99
Dryflex housing, silicon rubber feet, detachable safety-release lanyard with scale measuring markings, luminous markings, magnifying lens, clinometer for measuring slope angle, map-measuring in millimetres or inches, 1:25k, 1:50k and GPS scales, magnetic declination markings. 50g.


Columbus V-1000 GPS $199
Point of interest navigation device, 1.5-inch screen, barometric and temperature sensor, three GPS coordinate formats including decimal-degrees used on Topo50 maps, measures altitude, speed and distance, nylon wristband, one-week battery life in barometric mode, 16-hours in GPS mode. 29g.

Memory-Map Topo4GPS NZ Tramper, Ed 4 $174.99
Map software for use on PC, Mac, iOS and Android devices, Micro-SD card with maps for most Garmin GPS units. Print maps, view maps in 3D, programme or plot GPS. Includes 1:50k and 1:25k maps, confirmed and maintained huts, tracks and campsites.


MapToaster Topo/NZ topo $179
Topographical mapping and aerial photos for PC. LINZ topo maps seamless across NZ, Topo50 and Topo250 series, aerial photos covering most of NZ.


MapToaster Mobile/NZ topo $189
Detailed topo maps for the Garmin ‘X’ series, Oregon, 62, 64, Rino and Dakota series GPS units. Includes tracks, huts, roads, rivers, landcover, contours. Includes MapToaster Topo/NZ desktop software.