Magellan Triton 500 Waterproof Hiking GPS Review 2019

Magellan is a household name when it comes to navigation equipment. They also make standout GPS trackers. The Magellan Triton 500 GPS is one of their most capable devices. Jammed packed with technology, it aims to bring the lackluster entry-level GPS devices up a notch and provide a well-rounded experience that doesn’t break the bank.

Features of the Magellan Triton 500 Hiking GPS

Starting with the build quality, the Triton 500 has a polycarbonate body. The body has a reassuring heft to it which speaks volumes about its durability. Being durable isn’t only a feature but is a necessity for any product geared towards outdoor adventurers. So it’s nice to see Magellan paying attention to detail.

This durability is further enhanced through the inclusion of IPX7 water resistance. This IPX7 rating means that your Magellan Triton 500 can survive underwater at 1 meter of depth for up to 30 minutes. So heavy rainfall or a fall in a stream will be no problem whatsoever.

Aside from being durable, the GPS is also pretty easy to use thanks in no small part to a 2.2″ full-color display. A color display is especially useful when viewing maps and other points of interest on the GPS. It also makes navigating the UI a much more pleasant experience.

Talking about the maps, the Triton 500 has a number of built-in maps. These maps include 48 sites all across the United States, Alaska, and Canada. They show major highways, city centers, bodies of water and worldwide geographic boundaries.

Unlike most other GPS’s in this price range, Magellan Triton 500 supports expandable storage through the use of a microSD card. You can load marine cartography, topographic map and even something as robust as National Geographic TOPO! State series and Weekend Explorer 3D.

There is a 3-axis electronic compass on board which enables the user to see the direction clearly. This 3-axis compass combined with a proprietary SiRFstarIII chipset and a multi-directional antenna drastically improves the accuracy of location data and is accurate to within 23 feet of the receiver.

Other notable features include a sensitive Barometer for measuring pressure changes.

Trition 500 costs just below $100.


  • A vivid color display
  • 3-axis electronic compass makes directions easier to interpret
  • Expandable storage through a microSD card
  • Built-in maps include 48 regions all across North America
  • Durable construction with an IPX7 waterproofing


  • Battery life could be better coming in at 12 hours
  • National Geographic TOPO integration isn’t as good as it should be
  • Only works with Microsoft Windows

All in all, the Magellan Triton 500 is a good value proposition. It does all the basics pretty well and even attempts to pack in a few novel features which can be a hit or a miss.