Garmin Oregon 300 GPS review

OS map navigation aid

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
GBP £359.00 RRP | USD $590.12
Garmin Oregon 300

Our review

Great potential spoilt by an excess of irrelevant functions
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Garmin’s chunky Oregon is operated by a large colour touchscreen. It survived testing but we wonder how it will cope with abrasion resistance under wet, gritty UK riding conditions, and it’s dificult to navigate the functions with gloves on.

The Ordnance Survey mapping was a joy, although reproduction is fuzzy thanks to the tough face material. The compact size (60 x 115 x 35mm) means you can stuff it in a pocket on a whim.

The unit takes SD cards for data uploads, and battery life (it takes two AAs) exceeds that of similar units like Magellan’s Triton 1500 and the Satmap Active 10.

We found the user interface clunky and cramped with a lot of irrelevant PDA-based functions like calendar and calculator. Vital functions were hidden in unintuitive places but the data fields can be modified to make usage easier.

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Weight is 150g. Features include an electronic compass, barometric altimeter and wireless transfer to other units.

Product Specifications


Name Name, 0, 10, Name, Oregon 300 (09)
Brand Brand, 0, 20, Brand, Garmin

Weight (g) Weight (g), 2, 0, Weight (g), 150
Dimensions Dimensions, 2, 0, Dimensions, 60x115x35mm
Battery Life Battery Life, 2, 0, Battery Life, 16
Battery Details Battery Details, 2, 0, Battery Details, 2xAA (NiMH or lithium recommended)
Accessories Accessories, 2, 0, Accessories, Screen size 40x70mm
Features Features, 2, 0, Features, Garmin GB Discoverer 1:50k mapping (micro SD) battery £44.03; battery only £29.35
Waterproof Waterproof, 2, 0, Waterproof, Yes