A final look at the Bushnell Backtrack

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I’ve used the Bushnell Backtrack for around 4 months now and it is still working great.  I still have not needed to replace the batteries but since the weather has turned cold I haven’t been using as much lately either.  I did find it interesting that my calculations for the slope on some of the local climbs I do on my recumbent turned out to be very close to what a friends very expensive Garmin 705 gave him. I told him before hand that a climb was 19% and sure enough it was.  But of course I also relied on the altitude readings from my watch as part of the calculation so the Backtrack had a little help.
It still works great for finding my car in crowded parking lots and I probably used it for this more than anything.  The compass is also handy and I seldom even bother to take my magnetic compass with me now.  The lack of an altitude reading and no ability to track back my route have really been the two biggest drawbacks as far as I am concerned.  Maps would also be nice but I really don’t need them if I can just get verification that I am still on track if I need to follow the same path back.
So in summary, while the Backtrack is an excellent navigational tool, it lacked too many features to satisfy me.  But on the other hand, the units with all the extra features cost more.  The Backtrack was very handy for verifying I was headed in the right direction as long as the trails didn’t have too many turns, and especially turns that went in the wrong direction for a bit.  I am glad I have been able to use it as an introduction into the world of GPS but it has left me thirsting for a unit with more features and information.
About the Author
I am from northeast Alabama where I spend a lot of my time divided among several hobbies that include  backpacking and dayhiking, canoeing and kayaking, and just getting out enjoying nature.
backtrack3 I’ve used the Bushnell Backtrack for around 4 months now and it is still working great.  I still have not needed to replace the batteries but since the weather has turned cold I haven’t been using as much lately either.  I did find it interesting that my calculations for the slope on some of the local climbs I do on my recumbent turned out to be very close to what a friends very expensive Garmin 705 gave him. I told him before hand that a climb was 19% and sure enough it was.  But of course I also relied on the altitude readings from my watch as part of the calculation so the Backtrack had a little help.