I bought my Active 10 last April and promised a review. However, rather than do a “first look” review I decided to wait until I had really tested it.
The unit has many published reviews (almost all positive) so I will not go over old ground. I will give my own personal “take” on the unit.
Firstly, if you have been navigating by map and compass for 30 odd years as I have, expect it to take a while to get used to a new paradigm in navigation. I would estimate that it took around three months use to get fully used to using this type of device.
Loading the SOTA summits and parking spots took just a few clicks and after that I really appreciated having all the mapping at my fingertips. The route planning is pretty good, making it fast to set up a route on the fly.
I have used the unit in all types of weather, during the day and at night and have found it 100% reliable (even in densely wooded steep-sided valleys). At night its electronic red-filter system is excellent. I can honestly say that I have done some walks with the Satmap that I would not have been able to do with conventional mapping as the routes involved changes to plans where I would not have had the right map with me.
At first I always carried a paper map but I will admit that over time I have taken them less and less. The Satmap is just such a good tool.
The user interface is simple to master - but has its quirks like any other. The buttons are easy to use even with my winter gloves on. Battery life is brilliant. I have the LiPO pack and it easily lasts all day (I have never got close to running it flat).
Overall, I give the Satmap a big “thumbs up”. It really is great.