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Rand McNally enters handheld GPSr market

alanb 557 Points
I saw this mentioned over in the Groundspeak forum and also at Rand McNally is introducing the Foris 850 handheld, available in April. It looks like it is aimed to compete with the Garmin Oregon/Montana series and Magellan eXplorist 710. The details are pretty sketchy. Feature list shows on board street maps, voice prompted navigation and a barometric altimeter, but no mention of a magnetic compass. Here is the press release: McNally Unveils Powerful New Handheld GPS for Hiking, Biking, Geocaching & More.pdf

and an image of the device:

Competion is good and I wish them luck, but the high end handheld market already seems pretty saturated to me.


  • Boyd 2043 Points
    Yeah, i think it will be a tough sell. Look at Bushnell and the Onyx for example. Was introduced at about $500 and blown out on woot and other sites for about $100 a couple years later.

    Alan, didn't you pick up a cheap Lowrance Endura, another model that never caught on?
  • alanb 557 Points
    Yup ... it is the Endura Sierra which was Lowrance's top-of-the-line in the Endura series. It is now discontinued. I got it for about $75. I think the original MSRP was $399 (or maybe even $499). It is OK as a backup/second unit for geocaching, but "it ain't no Garmin". When I go geocaching with my son we have to fight over who gets the Oregon and who gets stuck with the Sierra :)
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