GPS Essentials in a Keychain

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Not everyone needs a GPS with infinite maps, geocaches, and barometric altimeters. When all you really want to do is find your tucked away Bangkok boutique hotel after an afternoon mopeding through the city, use Brunton's Get Back GPS. It's a small, no-frills navigator that is perfectly designed for the technically challenged—no getting lost in the endless options of a multifaceted touch screen with no obvious route back to the home menu.

The Get Back shows you the way home by the shortest route. With the push of a button, you set your starting point. En route, you can add up to three additional points. When you've gone as far as you're inclined to go, turn yourself around, and the fob-sized Get-Back will point you home with an arrow and a distance measurement in feet or kilometers. Again, it's just an arrow and the distance, but that's the point.

The Get Back can also be used as a digital compass (whether or not there is satellite coverage), but there are no preloaded maps. So don't buy this expecting to see your path mapped on a road, mountain, or contour line. USB rechargeable. Available now, $90,

-Berne Broudy

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