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Want to know which GPS is best suited to your type of hiking activity?

David Albert, Product Manager at TwoNav, kindly agreed to answer a series of questions about the new line-up of TwoNav hiking GPS units. If you’re still unsure as to which device is best suited to your activity, read on as David tells us the difference between them.

 

David, thanks for granting us this interview. Of all the GPS units for hiking, Horizon, Aventura and Trail, which is best suited to each type of activity?

First of all, it’s important to note that these devices are designed to satisfy the needs of all types of hikers, whether they are amateurs or experienced. The Horizon, Aventura and Trail all include TwoNav’s software, so it’s their physical characteristics that make the difference and determine which are more suited to a given activity.

 

 

Let’s start with Horizon. What’s its target consumer?

Horizon is the evolution of Anima, which in turn was derived from the old Sportiva. Horizon maintains the same look as its predecessors but it’s adapted to current needs. Horizon is an affordable solution that meets the needs of casual hikers and of those who are just starting out. Horizon is the GPS for nature lovers who are interested in doing medium or longer routes.

 

 

The name of the second device may be familiar to many TwoNav users, it’s the Aventura. What makes it unique?

That’s right! The first Aventura model was marketed in 2009. Many of our readers no doubt have an Aventura, it was a very successful GPS. Well, now we’re presenting the new generation of Aventura, one that’s much more technically advanced while keeping the essential aspects that worked so well in the first model. Aventura is an extreme GPS designed for mountain climbers. If you like to practise mountaineering in severe conditions, Aventura is the GPS for you! Aventura features exceptional worldwide coverage, which is very useful for getting around in unknown places knowing that you won’t get lost.

 

What can you tell us about Trail? How is it different from Horizon and Aventura?

Trail is an intermediate GPS between Horizon and Aventura. You could call it an affordable version of Aventura since it offers the same features but with fewer accessories. Trail has a larger display than Horizon, which is perfect for those who like to interact with the screen on the GPS. It’s also designed for specialised hikers who are used to going out more often. In other words, for enthusiasts who are actively involved in different types of hiking, both morning outings and more demanding activities, like treks lasting several days.

 

 

At the hardware level, what are the differences?

Horizon only weighs 125 gr. It’s a light and compact GPS measuring 60x105x23 mm, perfect for carrying in the hand or pocket. It has the same physical characteristics that were already used in Anima and Sportiva, namely the two side buttons. Aventura and Trail, on the other hand, weigh more than Horizon due to their much larger screens (3.7”). Another difference between Aventura and Trail with respect to Horizon is the buttons; both devices have four front buttons, two side buttons and a joystick, perfect for using the GPS even with gloves on.

 

 

How long does the battery on each device last?

Horizon has a removable battery that last 8 hours, which can be doubled with a spare battery. As for Trail, it has a built-in 20-hour battery. This completely weatherseals the unit and keeps mud and water from coming into contact with the internal circuitry. Aventura has a 24-hour battery life, the longest of all three. Its removable battery can also be replaced with a spare. Aventura is especially designed for climbers who travel for days or weeks and are unable to recharge the GPS.

 

David, what maps come with Horizon, Aventura and Trail?

All the units come with a base map and a topographic map of the user’s choosing. The maps are very accurate and provide a good land-based reference for finding alternative routes on any outing. Aventura also includes a TomTom road map, which turns it into a useful in-car navigation system.

 

 

Can you load more maps?

Yes, the internal memory on the devices is accessible so you always have the option to load more maps into the device. Horizon has an internal 8-GB memory and you can add a microSD card with more maps (topographic maps, road maps, satellite images, etc.). Trail doesn’t have a microSD card slot but it does have twice the internal memory of Horizon, so Trail lets you load up to 16 GB of maps. As for Aventura, it too has a 16-GB internal memory, which you can expand with a microSD card with maps of other countries.

 

David, we appreciate your time and thank you for giving us more insight into each GPS.

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The holidays are finally here! With an energetic start, I decide to take my new bike out and enjoy the surrounding nature, taking the opportunity to visit new towns and trails along the way.

First steps… prepare my itinerary with Land, as the last thing I want is to get lost while out cycling. The software has many features and is intuitive to use. I more or less know the area I want to explore, so I mark the waypoints, define the route, then transfer to it to my Trail Bike.

The next morning, I get up at dawn to have an early start to the day, which during the hot summer days is highly recommendable! Making sure I have everything I need to spend a day out in the mountains, I grab my backpack and my Trail Bike. With the easy quick lock, I attach the GPS to my bike and begin my adventure!

What I love most about setting off this early in the morning is the silence and knowing that I have the entire day ahead of me! It’s also slightly cooler during this time of the day. I start pedaling, while my Trail Bike shows me the route that I have to follow. The track takes me to a small town full of colour in which I note a sweet smell of lime… taking me back to my childhood. I decide to keep moving forward, as there is much more to see.

I arrive at a dirt road and Trail Bike automatically displays a map adapted to the new terrain. Now the hard part begins! “Come on Marie, you can do this!”, I tell myself. As I keep going, from time to time I check the data to know the unevenness of the terrain and other values ​​that help me get an idea of ​​what lies ahead.

Suddenly a waypoint warning sounds! My Trail Bike is telling me that I am approaching one of the landmarks that I marked in Land… wasteland in the middle of the mountain. I rest here a few minutes and find a freshwater fountain. The green landscapes surrounding me are spectacular.

While leaving the forest, I approach a crossroad and wonder whether I should turn left or right? Luckily Trail Bike indicates the way and I quickly turn to the left. The last stage of my itinerary is a stoney path, making it difficult to handle the bike, however my GPS withstands the impacts and shaky terrain.

After several hours of pedaling, I can finally see the Romanesque church of Sant Llop d’Hortsavinyà. A few meters away from the church I let my bike rest and I start to walk through a field. The view is amazing from here, where the sea and the mountain come together in the same space!

A feeling of well-being takes over, I can not help but smile and admire the nature that surrounds me… what a wonderful way to spend my day off! Suddenly Trail Bike notifies me that I just synchronized my adventure with GO Cloud. I take advantage of the Wi-Fi connection to analyze the track I recorded from my space in GO. I decide to take the opportunity to share my experience and journey with friends.

I enjoy a few more minutes of the view, and finally I am ready to go home. Tomorrow another adventure!

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TRAIL: Explore the mountains safely and accurately

The new TRAIL combines versatility and professionalism. This Full Connect GPS is designed for those who want to get the most out of the mountains in any way possible. Trekkers and hikers of all types, as well as professional teams, will find their perfect ally in TRAIL.

 

TOUGHNESS AND LONG BATTERY LIFE 

TRAIL is designed for users who want to enjoy all kinds of high-intensity outdoor activities without having to worry about their device. TRAIL’s IP67 rating guarantees that the device can stand up to any kind of inclement weather. As for the battery life, the integrated battery in the TRAIL will let you go on outings lasting over 20 hours without any kind of risk, since its compact, unibody design ensures the device is fully sealed.

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LARGE SCREEN, 6 BUTTONS & JOYSTICK

TRAIL is the perfect device both for those who enjoy the mountains as a hobby, thanks to its fast and intuitive operation, and for professional teams, thanks to its unrivaled accuracy and cutting-edge technology. It features a large, high-resolution display (3.7 inches) so you can easily see maps and routes. It has a touchscreen that works even with gloves on, or if you prefer you can operate it easily using the integrated buttons and joystick.

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FEATURES DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY FOR HIKERS

TRAIL has specific features to get the most out of whatever mountaineering activity you want to do. The wide range of options offered by TRAIL can tackle even your most immediate and unexpected adventures. For example, you can create the most convenient route by marking the waypoints on your itinerary directly on the screen, and when the adventure starts you just have to decide what order to follow the points in.

If you prefer planning your route thoroughly ahead of time, the proximity alarms on TRAIL will come in very handy: enter a list of waypoints in the area you’re going to visit and TRAIL will alert you when you approach each place of interest. If there’s information for the waypoints, you’ll be able to see a description and photos of the location. TRAIL features an ANT+â„¢/BLE connection, meaning you can connect your own sensors and monitor over 120 parameters in real time (heart rate, slope, speed, heading, coordinates, etc.) and fully customise the screens See your current altitude or accumulated ascent in graphs

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ENSURE YOUR SAFETY WITH SEEME

The Trail GPS features innovative technology that’s exclusive to TwoNav: our new SeeMe service. This service will let your loved ones track your activity in real time without having to use a mobile. Your friends and family will be able to see your location and progress at all times from anywhere along your route! Plus, in the event of an emergency or accident, SeeMe will let you send an SMS/email with the coordinates for your location so that emergency personnel can be aleted.

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ON THE WAY BACK… SYNC AND SHARE YOUR ACTIVITIES ON GO

Since this GPS, along with the entire new line from TwoNav, is a Full Connect device, you can store all the data on the GO Cloud wherever you are without cables. Once uploaded, you’ll be able to analyse the most important stats for the route directly on the go.twonav.com portal: length of the walk, distance travelled, accumulated ascent and more. And if you’d like a more detailed analysis, install the Land Standard software (for Windows or Mac), included free with your purchase of TRAIL.

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TwoNav devices and ANT+ technology

Interesting ANT+ technology has made a real splash on the market. More and more devices are featuring it, including some of our TwoNav devices, and practically all athletes hear about it at some point, with many even using it daily. But do you really know what it is and how it works? In this article we are going to clear up all your questions.

What is ANT+ technology?

ANT+ is a wireless communication system designed to render multiple devices interoperable, quickly and easily, while consuming very little power.

 

What advantages does its use in a GPS give?

The idea behind ANT+ is similar to that of a traditional Bluetooth or Wi-Fi Direct connection: they can transmit information between two devices without using cables, but there are some differences. While it has a small range and only allows for the transmission of a very limited amount of data, it boasts important advantages that makes it an ideal system for linking GPS devices to sensors like heart rate monitors, cadence meters, pacers, speedometers and potentiometers:

SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED ENERGY CONSUMPTION. Battery life is one of the factors of greatest concern to GPS users. The battery consumption levels made possible by ANT+ transmission technology are far lower than those of Wi-Fi or Bluetooth systems, fully optimizing battery life.
MULTIPLE CONNECTIONS. ANT+ technology makes it possible to connect more than two devices. For example, a smartphone and a GPS device (obviously both equipped with ANT+ technology) can simultaneously receive information from the same heart rate monitor.
ADEQUATE SCOPE OF TRANSMISSION AND CAPACITY. ANT+ technology’s range of transmission is just a few meters, but this is more than enough for connection to GPS sensors. The same is true of the volume of data that it is capable of transmitting, which although much less than with other technologies, is sufficient for it to work perfectly.

 

What TwoNav devices benefit from ANT+ technology?

TwoNav offers this technology on some of its devices. The “premium” model of the Anima, the Anima+, boasts ANT+, making it particularly appealing for cyclists who value having data on their pulse, cadence, speed and power. The Ultra also features ANT+ technology.

Do only GPS devices incorporate ANT+ technology?

No, it is not only GPS devices that have it. Some high-end smartphones also have ANT+, enabling them to connect to sensors for sports. At TwoNav we continue to work constantly on the expansion and improvement of this technology, and in a few weeks we will introduce two innovations designed for users of the TwoNav application for Android:
– The TwoNav application for Android can draw upon ANT+ technology in those smartphones that have it.
– The TwoNav application for Android – as well as the Ultra – can be connected to potentiometers via ANT+ technology.

For a few years now some smartphones have also featured BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) systems, similar to ANT+. We also allow connection to sensors via BLE and TwoNav for Android.

There are sensors with a dual communication system; that means they work with both ANT+ and BLE, and in this way able to communicate with devices that have one system or the other. Our heart rate monitors and cadence meters have this dual system.

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TwoNav emergency chargers, the perfect complement

Imagine one day you’re lost and alone in the middle of the mountains. Your mobile stopped working hours ago; you can feel the cold in your hands and the clouds are coming down threateningly as night falls. That’s when you take out your GPS and… the battery’s run out! But don’t worry because TwoNav offers you practical emergency battery chargers so that you can recharge your GPS, mobile or any other device in any situation.

The perfect complement

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