Rand McNally, a popular supplier of maps, directions, and other travel related content, just released their first ever handheld GPS device. The result of a partnership with European manufacturer Falk Navigation, the Foris 850 outdoor GPS can be used for hiking, biking, geocaching, and more.
The trail ready Foris 850 comes loaded with multiple U.S. map databases, including Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, U.S National Park Service trails, National Forestry hiking trails and multi-purpose trails, U.S. National Wildlife Refuge trails, and the national hydrographic dataset, among others. The trail maps are pre-loaded as vector trails rather than raster images, allowing for navigation and routing.
Among all the points of interest on the maps, millions are relevant to the outdoor enthusiast, such as trailheads, high points, bike shops, recreation areas, and campgrounds. The Foris 850 also has storage capacity for you to capture up to 7,000 of your own waypoints and POIs.
Unique features include turn-by-turn voice navigation on trails as well as roads, and Loop Me, where the outdoor GPS will create a looped trail with the same starting and ending point based on your preferred time or distance for your hike or ride. You can even compare three alternative routes, along with their elevation profiles, to decide which is best for you.
For all you geocachers out there, the Foris 850 directly integrates with geocaching.com in order to display all descriptions, hints, logs, difficulty, and terrain levels on the device so that you can go paperless on your next find. The companion Trailhead software for your computer allows geocaches, hikes, and rides to be stored, viewed, and transferred to and from your outdoor GPS.
The Rand McNally Foris 850 Outdoor GPS
retails for $399.99 and comes with bike mount, batteries, anti-glare screen protector, and 8 GB internal memory.