May 21, 2018
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DeLorme Earthmate PN-60w GPS with SPOT gets Backpacker’s Editors’ Choice Award

YARMOUTH, Maine — Backpacker Magazine has selected DeLorme Earthmate PN-60w GPS with SPOT Satellite Communicator for their Editors’ Choice Award.

The annual award is given in recognition of products that exemplify innovation in design and performance. Winners are chosen after extensive, rigorous testing.

The Earthmate PN-60w is a rugged, waterproof handheld GPS offering full navigation capabilities. It has the ability to create custom type and send text messages for delivery via the SPOT Satellite Communicator. Users can explore and stay connected with family, buddy lists, social network sites and emergency responders, even when far beyond the reach of cell phone service.

The Backpacker Editors’ Choice Awards, presented annually since 1993, honor the products that Backpacker editors have chosen as the best of the year based on months of trail testing by teams of highly experienced hikers and climbers. With no set categories for the awards and no set number of recipients, the products and the testing process drive the award categories.

The Earthmate PN-60w with SPOT Satellite Communicator was one of only 13 innovative products that have been honored with a 2011 Backpacker Editors’ Choice Award.

Backpacker Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Dorn explained how his staff, led by Gear Editor Kristin Hostetter, conducts their testing. With a core team that has several centuries of combined trail time, along with first descents, decades of retail experience, and expertise in every backcountry discipline, Kristin puts new products through an unprecedented level of real-world abuse in every terrain and weather imaginable,” said Dorn.

“She also oversees a transparent process that has earned an unrivaled amount of trust from readers, retailers and manufacturers. The results are reviews that lead consumers to smart, durable products that consistently prove their worth with years of best-in-class performance.”

DeLorme Vice President Caleb Mason added, “The Backpacker Editors’ Choice Award bestows enormous credibility and we are very proud to add this to the numerous honors we’ve already received for this product.”

The PN-60w also has received the Popular Mechanics 2010 Breakthrough Award, 2010 National Geographic Gear of the Year honors, and a 2011 Consumer Electronics Association Innovations Award.

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