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Rand McNally Unveils Powerful New Handheld GPS for Hiking, Biking, Geocaching & More

January 23
9:05 2013
Rand McNally Unveils Powerful New Handheld GPS for Hiking, Biking, Geocaching & More

Expanding its presence in GPS navigation with units designed specifically for the outdoor marketplace, Rand McNally today unveiled its new Foris handheld device at the Outdoor Retailer show. The company also showed off its latest GPS for RVs and campers, the RVND 7720.

Built for hiking, biking, geocaching, and other outdoor activities, the Foris 850 is "trail ready" with millions of miles of high-quality street and trail maps, a sturdy bike mount, and an easy-to-use interface with on-device help - all included. The Foris 850 has a suggested retail price of $399*.

In bringing the Foris to market, Rand McNally worked closely with Falk Outdoor Navigation, a business unit of United Navigation Limited.

"We have aggregated and created the best outdoor content, and engineered the device with features needed for a variety of outdoor activities," said Dave Muscatel, CEO of Rand McNally. "We are very excited to be working with Falk Outdoor, which is one of the leading players in outdoor navigation in Europe, to develop a product for the U.S. market. Leveraging their hardware and our content, we've been able to create a leading-edge handheld at a price typically reserved for more entry-level devices."

The culmination of superior Rand McNally mapping and specific outdoor content, and exceptional German engineering, the Foris 850 ships with contour maps and more than 5 million miles of U.S. roadways and trails on board the device - providing a much better out-of-the-box experience than competitive devices that require additional purchases and downloads. The Foris 850 device is unique in that it integrates routing and turn-by-turn voice guidance on trails as well as roads; it will even create navigable routes from "breadcrumb" trails that the user creates via the TrackNav feature.

The device includes other unique routing options such as Loop Me! - a feature that creates a looped trail with the same starting and ending point, based on the user's preferred time or distance for the outing - as well as options for a hilly or flat route. All Foris users get access to Trailhead, the Rand McNally web portal where they can download, store, and view their hikes and rides on desktop maps and more.

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