Survival Star Bear Grylls stamps endorsement on Tiny GPS Device

Two tiny GPS devices now bear the stamp of, well, a Bear. British survival star Bear Grylls has leant his brand and endorsement to a pair of Bushnell GPS trackers.

The Bear Grylls edition BackTrack and BackTrack D-TOUR have a digital compass and basic GPS functions.

Hit a button and the devices track “simple distance and direction to any saved waypoint” to help you navigate or get back out of the woods.

After a trek, you plug in the device to download trip data. A GPS route can be overlaid on a topo map on a computer screen.

The $80 BackTrack has the noted basic functions while the $120 BackTrack D-TOUR adds altitude, temp, latitude/longitude readings, and other tools.

Bushnell BackTrack (left) and BackTrack D-TOUR devices

The BackTrack units join three other products in Bushnell’s Bear Grylls line, including a monocular and a portable solar-panel roll.

Will Bear Grylls use the products on his upcoming TV show, “Get Out Alive”? Tune in next week. The show premieres on NBC on July 8.

—Stephen Regenold is editor of GearJunkie. He interviewed Bear Grylls in 2012.

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Stephen Regenold is Founder and Editor-In-Chief of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for nearly two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of four small kids, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.