May 26, 2009
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The Lowrance gang paid a visit to the Camping Life Magazine office recently to bring us a first-look, hands-on encounter with the entire line of the company’s new Endura line of hand-held GPS devices.

Here’s a quick run-down of what we saw, and what you can expect to see in stores soon.

The most affordable of the bunch is the Out&Back. The Out&Back’s compact yellow housing with rubberized armoring provides a comfortable grip. Its user interface features both touch screen and keypad functionality. The device measures 5.1-inch high x 2.3-inch wide x 1.1-inch deep (130mm x 60mm x 31mm) and weighs 5.8 ounces (165 grams) without two AA batteries. It includes a high-resolution 2.7-inch color touch screen display, micro SD slot with up to an additional 32GB of storage for mapping cards, mini-USB port for power and data cables (USB-to-mini USB cable included), cigarette lighter adapter and a reinforced attachment loop. This is a good unit for those who are car campers and like to do a little hiking. Its MSRP is $229.99.

The Safari is in the middle of the new trio and combines advanced mapping capabilities with a trip computer, electronic compass and barometric altimeter into a powerful handheld GPS system. A touch-screen display and simple keypad make it easy to enter data and access information. The Safari is preloaded with a base map and supports both plug-and-play micro SD cards and downloadable maps. The Safari has all of the Out&Back’s features, plus a marine-grade speaker, headphone jack, microphone, mini-USB power port, USB-to-mini USB cable and a reinforced attachment loop. A micro SD card slot allows up to 32GB of user-specific storage for mapping, picture, video and MP3 audio files. Thus unit would be a good choice for someone who wants a more detailed map, slightly more sophisticated GPS, and download capabilities. Its MSRP is $384.99.

Featuring touch-screen operation, a 3D digital compass and barometric altimeter, the Sierra is the third and most expensive, as well as the most advanced, of the three new Endura GPS units from Lowrance. It has everything that its two siblings do, and it’s preloaded with high-detail topographic outdoor maps. The Sierra is fully waterproof to the IPx7 standard (submersible), and includes a mini-USB port for power and data cables (USB-to-mini USB cable included). The Sierra is the ultimate unit with detailed topographic style maps and all the bells and whistles, perfect for the long-distance hiker or mountain biker who needs to see trail details. Its MSRP is $549.99.

As soon as we get a unit for full testing, we’ll let you see how it performs. For more details about the new line of Lowrance Endura handheld GPS units, go to www.lowrance.com.

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