By Eric Yang
on 12.30.09

delorme-earthmate-pn-401Your current GPS may tell you how to get to the nearest Exxon or Cheesecake Factory, but it sure as hell won’t tell you nautical directions, topographic information, or how to get back to the trailhead on that three day mountain excursion.

Consider the waterproof DeLorme Earthmate PN-40 your BMW (or Jeep rather) of off-road handheld GPS’s. The Earthmate PN-40 is equipped with an extroardinarily bright 2.2″ daylight readable color screen that displays DeLorme Topographic maps (of the US), US Geological Survye 7.5 min topographic quad maps, and NOAA nautical charts. Utilizing a new 32-channel Cartesio chipset and ConstantLock technology the Earthmate PN-40 can acquire signals and keep them locked whether your rapelling down a sheer face, or storming your bike through the thickest trails. The PN-40 is also equipped with a new dual-core processor that ensures fast redraws of maps and rich imagery, a barometric altimeter for accurate altitude readings, and a three-axis electronic compass for measurements in any position.

DeLorme Earthmate PN-40 can hold up to 1,000 waypoints, 50 routes, and 10 tracks (or added via included software) Plenty for even the most hardcore trailblazers. It’s also programmed with major highways, secondary, and connection roads or programmed with detailed U.S. street data (optional). The on board 500MB memory can be supplemented with any SD card, and the entire unit is encased in a high-impact resistant rubberized case. 5 oz.

Editor’s Note: A few weeks with the Earthmate PN-40 has revealed this unit truly deserves is award winning status. It’s one serious piece of outdoor gear and an absolute essential for the adventurer, mountain biker, or someone looking for a GPS that can go from road to terrain without skipping a beat.

Cost: $320

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