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Published on November 26th, 2011 | by Greg

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Bushnell: Find Your Way For The Holidays

For those who made it through Black Fri­day alive and with­out hav­ing com­plet­ed their hol­i­day shop­ping, we have your back. And to­day’s item is a great stock­ing stuffer, but would al­so come in handy dur­ing the jour­neys to come. Af­ter all, who hasn’t faced the park­ing crowds dur­ing a big sale and for­got­ten where they had parked?

With the Bush­nell Back­track D-tour GPS, that fear can be put to rest. This is a pret­ty fun up­grade to a spe­cif­ic fam­i­ly of de­vices- not re­al­ly true GPS sys­tems, in­stead, they are as­sis­tants that use GPS to help you save and get back to spe­cif­ic lo­ca­tions. You can save up to five spots, and then use the D-tour to nav­i­gate to them lat­er. Of course, it won’t give you di­rec­tions like a tra­di­tion­al unit, but guides you via an ar­row like a com­pass, unerring­ly to­wards where you need to go.

The read­out al­so dis­plays your time, tem­per­a­ture, and al­ti­tude, and can show you a cou­ple of fun things like your dis­tance trav­eled and av­er­age pace. Up to 48 hours of trip da­ta can be stored, and lat­er re­trieved and trans­ferred to a com­put­er (PC or Mac), al­low­ing you to ex­am­ine your routes and over­lay it on to­po­graph­i­cal maps. The D-tour weighs on­ly about six ounces, and is well-built- we dropped ours a cou­ple of times to no ill ef­fects. The screen is hard to see in the sun, un­for­tu­nate­ly, but it is quite large and there is a back­light for night­time use.

Two col­ors are avail­able- green and red- and it’s a great buy for hik­ers who can end up in the back­coun­try with no cell ser­vice and far from a trail. You need three AAA bat­ter­ies to op­er­ate the de­vice, and ours last­ed through­out sev­er­al days of reg­u­lar use. Al­so, the ac­cu­ra­cy was pret­ty im­pres­sive… once we could get a fix. The on­ly ma­jor down­side that we no­ticed is a fair­ly long start­up time, as our sam­ple had some trou­ble lock­ing on­to satel­lites, and while test­ing in ur­ban en­vi­ron­ments and in­doors it was ex­cep­tion­al­ly dif­fi­cult for it to do so. In oth­er words, this is aimed at a pret­ty spe­cif­ic group of peo­ple- like­ly hik­ers or peo­ple who do need to find their way in an out­door set­ting.

Avail­able now for around $85. Def­i­nite­ly worth a look!

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



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