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Know the course like the back of your hand

Garmin Approach S2 Golf Watch

Golfers looking to escape the winter weather and start working on gloved tan lines will be all too happy to let the Garmin Approach S2 Golf Watch ($250) remove a stripe of sun from their arms and a few strokes from their scorecards. Much like the S3 Approach, the S2 comes preloaded with maps to…

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Re-inventing precision

Timekeeping: Seiko Astron GPS Solar

The primary goal in the manufacture of any watch is precision; there is scarcely a watchmaker, from Patek Philippe to Citizen, that would argue that fact. After all, the whole raison d’être of a watch is to tell the time — if it does that poorly, you might as well be wearing a charm bracelet….

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Spot Connect

So neither your pocketbook nor your pocket is big enough to accommodate a sat phone, but that doesn’t mean that when you go off the grid you have to go completely dark. Thanks to the SPOT Connect, you can pair your smartphone via Bluetooth and connect to satellites to send a 41 character custom message…

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It's all in the wrist

Garmin Approach S3 Golf Watch

The next time you find yourself 90 yards out, in the pines, with no line of sight to the green; open your club face and sneak a peek at your wrist. If you were wearing the new Garmin Approach S3 Golf Watch ($350), the fear of carpet bombing your score card would be lessened considerably….

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On holiday, off grid

Gift Guide 2011 | 10 Must-Haves for the Adventurer

No matter the destination or pursuit, there’s one unpredictable constant that entwines throughout the spirit of adventure — the ever-changing natural elements. Rather than limiting your lifestyle or altering your approach, we’ve compiled this list of 10 critical items that belong in your outdoor gear arsenal. Some you may be familiar with, some you may…

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SMS SOS

DeLorme inReach

Scenario: Somehow the expedition you and the boys planned for an unforgettable bachelor trip has turned into a one hell of a pickle. Your buddy, Steve thought that awesome 25 year old vintage rusted out Jeep he traded his unlocked iPhone for would be the perfect way to traverse the wilderness. Problem is, Steve also…

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Drive Obstinate

TomTom Top Gear Edition

Five years from now, preschoolers may look at aftermarket GPS systems in the same puzzled way today’s youth looks at Pong. Despite their doomed existence, though, the idea of having Jeremy Clarkson’s dry voice begrudgingly spout off directions in the TomTom Go Live Top Gear GPS was just too much for us to ignore. Outside…

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Don't Go, Fido.

Tagg Pet Tracker

Like it or not, technology has made it easier for the powers that be to keep track of our movements. So as long as we’re killing personal privacy, shouldn’t we at least leverage the same gear to keep tabs on our furry best friends? Qualcomm’s subsidiary Tagg isn’t the first company to integrate GPS tracking…

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Go Quant on Your Fitness Routine

Timex Ironman Global Trainer GPS + Heart Rate Monitor Watch

Attention serious gadget/fitness addicts. Your watch has arrived. TheTimex Global Trainer GPS with heart rate monitor ($325), exclusively at REI. No, it isn’t the first watch to offer dual GPS and heart rate monitoring features, but our inner 5th grade geek is somewhat partial to the All-American Timex Ironman brand. It also gives the competition…

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Motorola Redeems Itself in the World of PNDs

Motorola MotoNav TN765t GPS

Motorola as a brand has never been known as a major player in the GPS space, and for that reason alone their release of the MotoNav could be viewed as a strange move. Especially considering the miserable failure that was the MotoNav TN30. Revealed initially early this year at CES 2010, the MotoNav TN765 however…

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Zoombak Pet GPS Locator

Dog’s wouldn’t have earned the label of man’s best friend if there wasn’t some shred of truth behind the saying. Unfortunately, the exact qualities that make them so lovable also make them prone to wandering. Leashes, fences, and constant vigilance can, of course, curb this habit, but it doesn’t hurt to have a backup plan…

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GPS Meets the Net and Drivers Win

TomTom GO 740 Live

Recently, we asked Gear Patrol fans on Facebook whether there was any type of product they’d like to see more coverage on at our site. One reader responded asking about what was the absolute best Car GPS device on the market today. So, to answer that question, we present the TomTom GO 740 Live GPS….

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Meet the Ski Goggles of the Future, Today

Zeal Optics Transcend GPS Ski Goggles

Anyone who has ever seen Robo Cop or Terminator 2 should have some ideas of the heads up display fantasy’s entertainment visionaries have teased audiences with for decades. Somewhat out of left field, well known goggle and optics company Zeal now seems to be on the verge of delivering on that crazy Sci-Fi notion with…

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Your Photos, Geotagged

GiSTEQ PhotoTracker Mini

Using built-in GPS technology, the GiSTEQ PhotoTracker Mini will let you tag all your photos with a near-exact geographic location. Combine it with the maps on Flickr or Picasa, and you’ll have a veritable modern-day push pin map. Finally compatible with Mac, the PhotoTracker Mini uses improved satellite tracking and built into a case about…

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Smart Tracking for Smarter Training

Garmin Edge 500 Cycling GPS Based Computer

Anyone looking to tally precise details of their cycling endeavors should mull over buying the Edge 500. This lightweight GPS-Based cycling computer is a data nuts dream and calculates everything including speed, distance, calories burned, altitude, climb, and descent. While monitoring, it also records this information for comparison purposes which trainers can access on their…

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Bushnell BackTrack

21st Century Breadcrumbs The BackTrack is required directional gear for outdoorsmen and parking-lot goers alike. Let’s face it. Some people are directionally challenged. Hell, one of the guys here can’t even make it to the golf course, even with a navigation system (Eric: I resent that.). So you can imagine the relief when Bushnell agreed…

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Harman Kardon GPS-810 Guide+Play Navigation System

Factory car navigation systems are one of the last bastions of sheer profit motive in the car industry. Well, outside of repairs. $2,500-$3,000 for a crippled navigation system that’s outdated within a year. Seriously? Take our advice, forego the factory nav and get a portable GPS. You’ll get twice the features, newer technology and be…

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Spot

SPOT’s premise is simple: it’s the difference between having something that will save your life and something that won’t. It will work where cell phones won’t. It uses GPS to acquire coordinates and constantly update data to Google Maps – always keeping track of where you are. You can keep updates by sending a pre-programmed…

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Garmin Nüvifone

[click on image to enlarge] No one expected this. Today in New York, Garmin, the name synonymous with GPS and personal navigation announced a full-fledged smartphone with the capabilities so many people have been pining for, GPS. The HSDPA enabled smartphone operates on it’s own operating system with e-mail, web browsing, and camera functionality. It’s…

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Garmin Forerunner 405 Watch

Runners, your watch is here. The Garmin Forerunner 405 continuously monitors your time, distance, pace, calories and heart rate. The GPS enabled watch will store the data in memory and send it wirelessly to your computer. The touch bezel (a la iPod) will let you scroll and select features on the run, not being hampered…

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Dash Express

The Dash Express is a new level of car GPS/navigation units. It’s Dash Driver network selects your route based on up-to-the-minute traffic data that is automatically and anonymously exchanged via the most reliable source&emdash;other Dash devices.t will find virtually anything using Yahoo! Local search to find unlimited points of interest&emdash;people, places, products and services&emdash;based on…

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Eclipse AVN2210p

[click on image to enlarge] Eclipse by Fujitsu Ten is one of the top dogs in car and mobile audio. TomTom is just the same in the mobile navigation realm. We suppose it only makes sense that brands as successful as these two are decide to get frisky and come up with a co-branded device…

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HUD GPS Speed Meter

The GlobalTop Technology’s heads up display keeps your eyes on the road. It projects the current speed and heading of the car onto the windshield. Even more it has a Bluetooth interface function which allows it to sync with PDA’s, smartphones and laptops for compatibility with navigation software. What this means to you: Next thing…

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Garmin Nuvi 680

Receive door-to-door directions while staying on top of local weather, traffic and more with nuvi 680, a sleek multi-tasking Personal Travel Assistant. Features a colorful widescreen, hands-free calling and FM transmitter, than takes it up a notch by adding dynamic content from MSN Direct. Like all nuvis, the user-friendly 680 comes with preloaded maps and…