Bushnell BackTrack Point-5
yards of my house. Visual observation will likely guide me from here.
The Bushnell BackTrack was a popular item. It is an incredibly easy to use personal GPS that weighs very little and is handy enough to carry most anywhere. The new BackTrack Point-5 builds upon the success of the original BackTrack, in a more ergonomic platform with more capabilities. As the name suggests, the BackTrack Point-5 gives you the ability to save five waypoints instead of the three available in the original. It isn't hard to come up with four or five spots you'd like to mark, whether it is home base, fishing/hunting spot 1, 2, 3 and a rendezvous point to meet your buddy. It is a welcomed addition.
The Point-5 is a bit smaller than its predecessor. Bushnell also offers the “Backtrack Point-3” version with twenty bucks off the retail price and three waypoints. For outdoor use, I think you'll want the Point-5 version. Either way, the unit runs on a pair of AAA batteries with an estimated life of 132 hours of use for the Point-5 and 168 hours of use for the Point-3. I have no idea how they calculated their “average turn-on cycles,” but it seems to me that during a full day afield you won't be constantly referring to it. There is a prominent battery life indicator, so when batteries run down it should be no surprise.
The Point-5 now includes a clock, synched with the satellite. It also gives you ambient temperature, elevation and a few more bells and whistles. The pointer display is now huge and far easier to read while following the arrow to a waypoint. As far as I'm concerned, the massive navigation pointer is the biggest, most obvious improvement, compared to the dinky number on the periphery of the display found in the original. It makes this pocket-sized GPS far easier to use. For the record, the tested model is Bushnell Model #360200, it weighs two ounces, and has dimensions of 0.88 in. x 2.3 in. x 3.5 in. Satellite acquisition seems markedly faster in this latest version, one of the few gripes I've heard about the original model. Expect to find the Point-5 at around eighty dollars, with the Point-3 model closer to sixty-five dollars.
The Pint-5 is a significant advance over the original Backtrack. If you liked the old one, you'll love this version. It has a better display, making it easier to use, and the five point capability makes it all the more appealing. Bushnell should sell a ton of these little beauties, there is nothing out there that competes with it. I will be taking it bear hunting in a few weeks. Bushnell did a good job increasing the functionality of their Backtrack, with no loss in ease of use.
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