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March 29, 2017

Garmin Colorado 400t

When venturing into the backcountry, I’m a fan of a topographic map and a compass—GPS takes a lot of the ruggedness out of the equation.

But I’m also a fan of survival and, almost equally important these days, staying on schedule. So maybe leveraging a few satellites that are already in space isn’t such a bad thing.

Being a geek, the only suitable handheld GPS is a top-of-the-line one, like Garmin’s Colorado 400t.

The 400-series sports these features common to all Colorado receivers:

  • high-sensitivity GPS receiver
  • 3-inch color display
  • scroll wheel (similar to your iPod, and way more effective than buttons)
  • SD card slot
  • barometric alitmeter
  • ability to share data wirelessly to other Colorado receivers

That last one is especially neat, since you can beam the route you took on an excursion to a friend for them to repeat, or vice versa.

The primary difference between the Colorado 300 and the Colorado 400 series are the preloaded maps: the 300 doesn’t have any extra maps beyond the general ones of North America, while the 400 series are configured as follows:

  • 400t: 3D topographic maps
  • 400i: inland lakes
  • 400c: BlueChart g2 with limited capability

Suggested retail pricing on the 400-series is a hefty $640, but you can pick them up for considerably less from Amazon:

Or, if you decide the Colorado 300 is sufficient for your needs, Amazon has that for $395.54 (the suggested price is around $535).

Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5 based on 243 user reviews.

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