Despite the avalanche of smartphones that come with navigation features, handheld GPS devices are still very much in demand.

Handheld GPS devices are well-loved for a couple of reasons. Firstly these devices are built to withstand the rough and tough. Most of them are waterproof so rain or a dunk in the stream will not be a problem. Their battery life typically runs approximately 15 hours or more per charge and many also use readily available and replaceable AA batteries.

Other advantages include coverage that is not limited by your cellphone provider’s coverage area and features that were built for backcountry use such as a barometer for tracking changing weather conditions and an electronic compass for finding directions.

Folks who love sports and the outdoors will definitely benefit from having a handheld GPS device.

Check out some of these reviews to find out which ones best suit your needs: