No. 5: Earthmate PN-60w with SPOT Satellite Communicator

If you're hiking the Himalayas, or even wandering through your local hillside, you've probably noticed that your cellphone doesn't have service.

If you're a serious hiker, having a GPS and a communication device for safety reasons is imperative. The Earthmate handheld GPS and text-messaging unit, available for $449.95 from, works where cellphones don't because it uses 100 percent satellite technology.

The waterproof device also features NOAA nautical charts, barometric altimeter readings, topographical maps and aerial imagery,

Ease the minds of your friends and family at home by sending them text messages from your hike. Your loved ones can even track your location because the SPOT Satellite Communicator will place markers on an online map every 10 minutes updating your location. Your mom will love you for it.