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No matter what your outdoor adventures are, there's a GPS navigational unit out there designed for you. We took a look at the new in-car nav units and handhelds that make most sense for outdoor recreation, as well as for driving to your outdoor destination. Here are some new GPS navigation products for use in the motorhome and automobile, or when you're taking a walk in the woods.

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(541) 404-6307
275 N Broadway
Coos Bay, OR
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Crane Prairie Resort
(541) 383-3939
FS Road 4270 Bend
La Pine, OR
 
Cowboy's Heart
(541) 419-9487
15109 Ponderosa Loop
La Pine, OR
 
Kayak Tillamook County, LLC
(503) 866-4808
PO Box 9132
Portland, OR
 
Oregon State Snowmobile Assn.
(541) 536-3668
P.O. Box 435
La Pine, OR
 
Homestead Quilts and Gallery
(541) 536-2360
51425 Hwy 97
La Pine, OR
 
Anytime Fitness
(541) 536-9779
16487 Bluewood Pl
La Pine, OR
 
East Lake Resort
(541) 536-2230
22430 Paulina Lake Rd
La Pine, OR
 
Highlander Motel & RV Park
(541) 536-2131
51511 Hwy 97
La Pine, OR
 
Ghost Rock Ranch
(541) 536-1875
148800 Beal Rd,
La Pine, OR
 

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No matter what your outdoor adventures are, there’s a GPS navigational unit out there designed for you. We took a look at the new in-car nav units and handhelds that make most sense for outdoor recreation, as well as for driving to your outdoor destination. The in-car nav units offer more content-driven services, such as real-time traffic and weather information; some units cross over easily as portables for the outdoors. The GPS handheld segment is gaining more sophistication in the way of signal acquisition and retention, internal memory, SD card compatibility and preloaded topographic maps. Interestingly, some handhelds are going a little more practical, but with improved technology and ease of use.

Some of the mentioned models have sister units that vary in features and cost, so if one unit doesn’t quite make it in your book, visit the companies’ websites for a complete overview of all GPS units. Begin your navigation here.

Garmin Nuvi 500

This year Garmin includes outdoor recreation navigation capabilities in its new nuvi 500, converting this in-car nav unit into a portable personal navigator when needed. Preloaded with both road and U.S. topographic maps, the nuvi 500 provides a driving, bicycling, boating and walking mode via a usage mode indicator located at the top of the home screen. For the outdoors, the unit displays shaded digital elevation mapping on the 3.5-inch waterproof touchscreen, and comes standard with a compass page, track log, and a removable, rechargeable battery for extended outdoor use. Driving navigation features include a preloaded Historic Route 66 map guide. Options include marine cartography. $400. Garmin: 800/800-1020; garmin.com .

Garmin Oregon 200

The intuitive touchscreen interface on the 6.8-ounce 200 is taken from Garmin’s in-car nav units, while preloaded features stem from the company’s Colorado handheld series. This unit’s basemap can be supplemented with additional mapping or charts via microSD cards for viewing on the 3-inch screen. Selected uploaded topographic maps can be viewed in 3-D for a better perspective of the elevation. A high-sensitivity receiver and Garmin’s HotFix satellite prediction feature locates one’s position quickly and precisely, and maintains the GPS location even in heavy cover and deep canyons. The 200 also supports geocache gaming, enabling users to download geocaches and details straight to the unit, as well as picture viewing. Information can be stored on the unit’s 24 MB built-in memory, and Garmin says the waterproof unit can be submerged down to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes. Two AA batteries (included) will generate about 16 hours of battery life. $450. Garmin: 800/800-1020; garmin.com .

Lowrance XOG Cross-Navigation

Not new this year, but still a good contender in the GPS in-car nav category is the XOG Cross-Navigation GPS, which marries turn-by-turn guidance with the rugged, weatherproof outdoor travel functionality. It’s preloaded with NAVTEQ street map de...

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