Earlier this month we traveled to Salt Lake City for the Outdoor Retailer trade show and came across a ton of new camping and hiking products to share.
The geomate.jr is a simple, kid-friendly GPS unit that’s designed to make geocaching easy (based on the logo we suspect the geocaching.com folks are heavily involved in this product). The device comes pre-loaded with 250,000 geocaches in all 50 US states so it’s ready to go right out of the box. The simple interface shows an arrow and distance-to-cache plus info about the cache itself (terrain, difficulty, size).
Beyond geocaching this GPS device also allows you to set a waypoint and navigate back to that point, perfect for finding your way back to the car after a geocache adventure. There’s also a latitude and longitude display, though we’re not really sure how useful this is to most kids (or even adults for that matter). Two AAA batteries power the GPS for approximately 18 hours.
Perhaps the most kid-friendly thing about the geomate.jr is its pricetag: $69.95. For an additional $24.95 you can update your device with the latest geocaches PLUS create your own geocaches. Now you don’t have to worry about the kids losing or trashing the family GPS! Check out the video preview below.