rand mcnallyDedicated GPS navigation systems are a dying breed these days as most modern day smartphones and tablets have their very own navigational software that is more than adequate to get around, but there are a few situations where a dedicated GPS device would come in handy. Rand McNally narrowed down their target to this market segment by introducing the Foris handheld device. Known as the Foris 850, it has been described to be “trail ready” with millions of miles of high-quality street and trail maps, and will come with a sturdy bike mount and an easy-to-use interface with on-device help.

Retailing for $399 a pop, the Foris 850 is a dream come true for Rand McNally as they managed to forge a partnership with Falk Outdoor Navigation, aggregating and creating the best outdoor content, while making sure the Foris 850 has been engineered in a way to fit in with a range of outdoor activities. The Foris 850 is capable of integrating routing and turn-by-turn voice guidance on trails as well as roads, and even come up with navigable routes from “breadcrumb” trails which you can create via the TrackNav feature for other users to benefit from. [Press Release]

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