Magellan’s handheld Explorist 100 Review

Magellan’s handheld Explorist 100 is an inexpensive unit. At around $100 dollars, this small but efficient GPS is great for hiking, backpacking, camping, etc. It lets you save up to 3 track log files, 500 points of interest and 20 routes to guide you back to your favorite spots. It does not come preloaded with maps, POI’s etc. So if you need to install maps, then a more expensive unit will be in order. The Explorist 100 is a great unit for the price.

The satellite lock is fast and impressive. You can even lock in indoors. The large LCD screen is easy to view. The menus are clear.

Features include a one button shortcut to key features and a joystick controlled TrueFix technology. Accuracy is reliable to within 3 meters. It funs on two AA batteries and lasts for up to 18 hours of continuous use. Great for backpacking or camping.

The case is build to last, rubber armored impact-resistant plastic, with a water-resistant seal. And at 2.2″ W x 4.7″ H x 1.3″ D and weighing only 5.8 ounces, with batteries, it fits very comfortably inside your hand. It’s also made to fit in either the left or right hand, so its very comfortable to use. And ease of use one of the best.

Operates with 10 different languages, and it comes ready to use when you get it. And it holds 75 grids, including Lat/Lon, UTM, OSGB,MGRS, Finnish, German, Swedish, French, Irish, Swiss, USNG, 1 User Grid (76 Max).

Overall the Magellan Explorist 100 is a good device for the price, if you’re looking for something to take with you on wilderness trips, backpacking, hiking, even white water rafting. It’s rugged and reliable, and for around $100, worth every penny.

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eXplorist 100 North America

Your pocket-sized eXplorist 100 recreational GPS is both powerful and affordable. It features TrueFixTM technology which takes advantage of 14 parallel channels, supported by WAAS and EGNOS for fast signal acquisition, minimal signal loss and reliable accuracy to within 3 meters. Save up to 3 track log files, 500 points of interest and 20 routes to guide you back to your favorite spots.

Intelligently designed for comfortable right or left handed use, the clearly marked keypad provides one-touch access to all your most important features. Joystick controller makes scrolling the simple menus fun and easy. The large backlit display is easy-to-read day or night. Customizable navigation screens show your location, speed, direction, and distance to destination and more, just the way you want it.

Put the power of fun and easy GPS in your pocket.


Easy-to-use – Navigate in seconds with simple menus, one-button shortcut to key features and joystick control TrueFix®technology – Reliable accuracy to within 3 meters Large backlit display – Clearly see your GPS information day or night Track logging – Store 3 track files with 2000 points each. Four navigation screens – Map, Compass, Locator and Satellite Status deliver easy-to-use information Advanced power management – Two AA batteries provide up to 18 hours of use. Save power with “auto-off”. Rugged construction – Encased in rubber armored, impact resistant plastic Water resistant – Don’t worry about getting it wet Languages – Choose English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Swedish, Finnish, Portuguese, Dutch or Norwegian. No service fees – Ready to use with no activation required Full Warranty – One-year in North America, Two-year in Europe


Product Number: 980771-01


CaseRubber armored impact-resistant plastic, water-resistant seal
Base MapNone
Size2.2″ W x 4.7″ H x 1.3″ D (W 5.6 cm x H 11.9 cm x D 3.3 cm)
Weight5.8 oz (164.4 g) – w/ batteries
Display2.25″ diagonal, 4-level grayscale, high resolution (122 x 160), backlit
Memory4 MB user data
Data StorageNone
AntennaBuilt-in multidirectional patch
KeypadNine direct-access keys
JoystickEight-way easy scrolling w/ push-in instant enter
Operating Range14 to 140°F (-10 to 60°C)


ReceiverTrueFixTM 14 channels, WAAS/EGNOS
Acquisition TimeHot: 20 seconds, Cold: 60 seconds, Initial: 2 minutes
Update RateOnce per second
Accuracy3 to 5 meters (10 – 16 feet) – WAAS/EGNOS, < 7 meters (15 feet) – GPS only
Velocity0.1 knots (RMS)
Dynamics6 g
Grids75 including Lat/Lon, UTM, OSGB,MGRS, Finnish, German, Swedish, French, Irish, Swiss, USNG, 1 User Grid (76 Max)
LanguagesEnglish, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Swedish, Finnish, Portuguese, Dutch, Norwegian


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