Two way text messaging from anywhere is possible with 100 percent global Iridium satellite coverage. The monitoring center can be triggered with an interactive alert. Share your location with family and friends. The water rating is IPX7. The battery is used. The internal battery is charged by the internal battery. You can use the earthmate app to get access to maps, charts, and aerial imagery. The reach explorer+ device has built in digital compass, barometric altimeter and a accelerometer.
👤It's the worst experience. GARMIN's products do not stand up to scrutiny. Two years ago, I bought the device, signed up for a plan, and used it in the woods. It was better to have intermittent text access. A few weeks ago, I signed up for a new premium "freedom" plan, which is very expensive, with an annual fee of $25 and a monthly fee of $65. I get the "activation confirmation" screen on the device after I follow the instructions. I received confirmation of the process being activated twice. Good to go, right? Nothing works on the trail for me. Nothing. Zero email, zero text messaging. It was almost a disaster because we had a medical emergency and needed to get a helicopter to take us to the hospital. The device was useless. You can call customer support. They sent me to tech support to figure out why it wasn't working. It takes them an hour to figure out the problem, which was apparently a firmware update that needed to be installed. He told me that he wanted to show me how to use the device, but that he had no idea why it wasn't working. The Tech suggests I get a new device. He tells me to go back to customer support to get a refund of the $25 annual fee and $65 monthly fee because I won't have another trip for another year. It's like $92.50 including taxes. I can send in the device to see if they can figure it out. I agree with the plan, it's annoying and a waste of time. After that, I return to customer service to get my refund. I told him that it was the least they could do since I didn't have text communication in the woods. We had a phone. The fun part is that the customer support says they won't have an issue. A return! The device did not work for the entire trip. Why? They said I should have visited the website to see if a firmware update was needed before using it again. Isn't that the kind of update that you would think they would push to a device, instead of relying on users to constantly check a website? We would have a chance to get the critical update if we sent an email to them. What would it have cost to apologize to me and give me a refund? I have a lot of Garmin gear and they have been alienating this customer for a long time. It's a shame. The device was within functioning parameters and needed to be updated. At the time of activation, service is non-refundable. I'm sure there are smart and capable people at Garmin who can understand how absurd this situation is, but that intelligence has not made it to their customer support team. This kind of thing is not good for consumers. Sell them something that doesn't work, and then blame the customer for the failure because they didn't do something they were told to do. Well done, Garmin. I hope you have a lot of customers who don't care about customer service. I will never buy another product from you. Ted is a man.
The new model has a rugged military-grade construction and is 50% larger than the previous model. Some countries regulate or prohibit the use of satellite communications devices, so it's important to send an interactive alert to the GEOS 24/7. There is support for multi-GNSS and Galileo, plus pre-programmed TopoActive and City Navigator maps. ANT+ technology, BLUETOOTH wireless networking, and a direct to device access to BirdsEye Satellite Imagery are all included in the price. You can use tracks and review trip data from the field if you are compatible with the Explore website and app.
👤The headline is a grabber line, only because you have to be the one to decide if it's worth it or not. I wouldn't dare not do my homework on an expensive item, I would read as many reviews and articles as possible. I do that on a hundred dollar item. It shouldn't take you as long as I did to make a decision on what you need or want, if you really know what you're doing. I'd read some articles comparing all the different features on a number of different gps units, especially when it comes to price. I'd ask the questions, "What do I really need and what am I willing to pay for?", if you're going to get more features with more money paid. Ok... I'm not going to go on a hike without taking a map and a compas. I know from experience that things can go wrong, and that you can get in a deep vally with a bunch of over growth and your signal runs out. I think this is the cat's meow. I'm not sure if I would use this more than my map and compass, partly because of all the things it does and partly because it's just that much fun. I'm not going to go over all of the features, but I would like to talk about some of the highlights for me. I don't think that's a deal breaker because I love the touch screen and I know it's more bulkey than the other units. It looks very bright. I downloaded the 7.5 minute maps of the west coast and they are clear enough for me. The 40 foot countour lines are the same as the topo maps I download on the website, I believe. If you get off course, the compass feature will show you by a break in the arrow line, which way you're off. Move over and get back on the line. You can also set a projected waypoint, which you can use to set a course back to it. I'm talking about having to cross a river and having to go out of your way to a bridge and then find your way back to the waypoint you set across the river before you detoured to the bridge. Base camp is a free software. You can set your map type preference, even the 7.5 minute. Then you set up your route. It's time to send it to your Montana 700i. Whatever unit you have. You can review the route you set up on Montana at the base camp. You can search for things on the unit. If you need to use a custom waypoint, you can just type your latitude and longitude over the waypoint one, and save it to your name. If you had that info, this would be great. I almost forgot about one of the most important features, which carried a lot of weight for me, deciding which unit to buy. There is an alert. It's true. They will come and rescue you if you lock into these special satalites. You need to subscribe to the serivce in order to use this feature, but I got the safety one at the cheapest price. It's somewhere around 15. A few weeks or a few months. You can get the more robust subscription, but it will cost more. You can send messages to anyone's email with this service. It could also help you without using the full blown SOS feature. They can reply back to you. It's nice that it's all on a satalite, so you don't need a modem to use it. It will work wherever your gps will work. I think that some of the user guide got a little hard to read, now and then, but for the most part it was very concise and readable. I know I probably didn't need the compass and altimiter features, but in order to get the SOS feature, you need to cough up the cash. Only a few of the higher end units have it. I'm very happy with the gps. I hope I mentioned that it is the Montana 700i. I didn't want to give away the extra "beans" for the 750 model, which has the camera as well. I hope this helps you make a decision. The man is called "MARC Trainor." ''
The design is water resistant and has a button. There are roads and trails for hiking and cycling in the U.S. and Australia. Know where you are with a high-sensitivity receiver with quad helix antenna and multi-GNSS support. The gpsMAP 64sx and gpsMAP 64csx models have wireless connections. Up to 16 hours in the gps mode.
👤I used the garmin gps for my hiking trip around the Grand Canyon and other areas in Arizona. I explored the Arizona desert mountains in a Polaris RZR. I was surprised that it showed the main off road trails. It was pre-installed with the Arizona topo map. The map had all the trails I needed. After clearing the prior way point, I would mark it as a way point. Before starting a new trail, be sure to clear your previous foot tracks. I was able to find my way back to the car because of it. I left the alkaline batteries on for 14-16 hours to test them before I traveled. I set it to satellite mode to maximize battery life. The screen was at 50% brightness. Under the system settings, be sure to select the type of batteries you are using. I used Energizer batteries and they lasted longer. After using it for a few days around my home area, the user interface is straight forward. I watched a few videos to make sure I knew how to use it. I don't know why people give this device poor reviews. The buttons are nice. The screen is easy to see in the sun. A traditional compass and map is required. Be sure to know the area you are going to be in.
👤I read all the negative reviews and felt that the hand-held unit would work the same as the advertised one. After reading about the need to work through the base map and purchase additional maps for areas I frequent, I took the risk. I couldn't get the map to download. I contacted support after trying it on two different computers. I was sent a link that wouldn't open. I followed all the instructions, but was still unable to download the detailed hunting topo map I wanted. I wish I'd saved the money on the unit because I got a refund for the extra map purchase. A good old fashioned magnetic compass would help me with my purpose.
👤I have been using gps units for hiking. I liked my gps. It was easy to use. It was a dream to have file management. It was time to buy a new gps after 12 years of service. I chose the 64Csx because I wanted a state-of-the-art unit with a camera and flashlight. I had trouble getting maps from the website. I was on the phone with Tech Support for 2 hours to get the unit activated and download maps. I was very happy with the help the technician gave me. I am satisfied with the unit. There is a lot of memory to hold the topo maps. I believe it will hold 5000 waypoints, which is more than my old unit held. I don't think there is a limit on the number of tracks. It is easy to use. My old unit was easy to manage. The unit has a trip odometer, map, compass and elevation pages. The gps map 64csx has a rating of 5 stars. It must be with the software. I wanted to download maps from the gps. The gps has to be attached to the computer as an external drive to use the maps. BaseCamp's file management is not intuitive. I would give BaseCamp a low mark. I could write about it. I'm not rating BaseCamp. You can't avoid BaseCamp if they are pairs. Please update Map Source and ditch Base Camp.
The BirdsEye Satellite Imagery subscription includes a premium gps handheld. A large, 3” sunlight-readable color display is easy to use. Multiple Global navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) can be used to track your travels in more challenging environments. Access to BirdsEye Satellite Imagery with direct-to-device downloads and no annual subscription is available. Up-to-date forecasts and animated weather radar are supported by expanded wireless connections. Up-to-date forecasts and animated weather radar are supported by expanded wireless connections.
👤I can't tell you how complicated this device is. I have never used one before. I am not tech literate. I wanted to get into 1 with all the hiking I have been doing. Wow, spend all this money and it is basically a brick, without spending more and using multiple programs to actually use it. The interface on this is terrible. I am beside myself trying to figure out a route or a hike trail. If you are by them. There are free topo maps and trail maps, but you have to figure out how to get it onto your gps. The gps doesn't like it when you do. Any of the above tasks are nearly impossible if you don't have a Windows or Mac computer. I plugged away on OSM for free while I was reading. Really? Is there an additional $100 to be given to Garmin to use the thing? You need to buy a trail package or use OSM to load a free one. New technology is not the same as gps. I can't understand why they haven't put a shred of intuitiveness into their software. I want a hiking gps that is not filled with garbage. It has more garbage than a 2020 cell phone.
👤This one is fun and useful. I am a hiker and also a fan of the game. It has a couple of good apps. The App Store only has one prediction for every prediction, and that is stupid. Handling and battery life are both complex. I am going to switch to batteries which you can load with the device.
👤It was refurbished. The accuracy of the gps device is questionable. The operating system is not up to date. Power up time and download speed are slow. The iPhones work better than this unit. I need more precise coords than I can get with a phone.
👤The software update shut down my gpsMAP 66st. It is locked on the software update screen and won't connect with other devices. Online reviews say that the software for the 66 series was messed up. The return label is being printed.
👤I like that you can change the batteries on your own. The function is good. Will recommend someone to buy a nice gps.
👤El gps hasta quitarle. Se reinicia y remplaza los puntos.
The display is built rugged and passed the military standard for drop test. You can get spoken turn-by-turn directions through your connected helmet or headset. Direct-to-device downloads and no annual subscription are available for BirdsEye Satellite Imagery. There are options for riding on curvy or hilly roads. You can easily manage and review routes, tracks, and waypoints with the help of a navigator. You can record your route with the track recorder and save it for future adventures. You can access live traffic and weather, share routes with other riders, and get phone notifications with the Garmin Drive app.
👤I don't know how many gpss I have used on a motorcycle. I think it's around 10. The motorcycle specific Gps are the first I have tried and they are too small for my liking. I have had it for about a year. My actual use has been limited because of the lack of appeal to ride in our Florida heat and humidity. There are a few observations about the screen. Even in direct sunlight, it is bright and readable. It's better than any of the previous ones I've used. Big plus! The data fields are easy to read, and the speed indicator glows red when you are speeding. The screen on the gps is glove friendly. Maybe this year I will be able to escape from Florida. The screen is a perfect size. The last 3 gpss I used were massive trucks. Big, easy to read, and extremely competent, but bulky. The larger, dimmer screen on the others is not as bright as the brighter screen on this, and the smaller overall size fits into the dash area better. Another plus. The Zumo is impervious to rain. The automotive/truckGPSs I have been using were not up to date. It's nice to no longer worry about the gps getting wet. The standard 1” ball mount was used for the gps. There is no need for special cradles or adapters. I decided to use the previously installed Ram ball and a 6” arm I already had in a big box of extra Ram stuff instead of using the bar mount and arm. The included dock/mount seems to hold the gps in place. You can remove the gps in a split second if you push a button on the back. The cable stays with the mount. The rubber cover for the contacts is included when the gps is not installed. Installation is very fast. Simply clip it back on. It's great if you have a place to securely store the gps. Some people may think that a thief can push the same button and walk away with your gps. The wiring was easy to follow. You need a negative and positive wire. I don't have to worry about messing with the gps because my car is wired to a hot-all-the-time circuit. The map retains detail when you zoom in, which is something I believe will make this gps more useful than any of the newer gpss I have used. I don't follow a pre-determined route on the bike. On the bike, I usually wing it, with only a general idea of where I'm headed, using the gps more as an electronic road atlas than just blindly following a route. You can still see the secondary roads with the map detail turned all the way up. Secondary roads are usually disabled above.3 or.500 miles. If you want to know where that little road you are thinking of exploring goes to, you might be able to see by zooming out, instead of having to scroll around and lose perspective. I prefer to adjust the zoom level myself when underway. The auto zoom seems to work at a useful level so far. I will try it. Time will tell... I just set it manually because I got tired of it zooming in and out on it's own. For the first year that I had this gps, I had a problem with how it handled points of interest. For the uninitiated and non-geeks, custom points of interest are lists of locations that may be of interest to you that would not normally be included with a gps's factory installed POIs. They can be a collection of stores or a collection of stores. The lists can be downloaded from a website, or you can make your own if you want to. The custom POIs were only accessible by digging into the menu system on the Zumo XT. A top level search didn't include custom POIs. I could live with that, but the worst thing for me was that there was no way to make the custom POI icons on the map. It's always nice to look at the map and see if one is close to something. The unit started showing custom POIs after the system update. "Up ahead" in the map settings menu must be checked to show your POIs. This will show the system icons for fuel, restaurants, and motorcycle related POIs, and it can make the screen a little busy, but hey, I'll take it. Speaking of POIs. I have found the pre-loaded POIs to be very inaccurate and frustrating to use. They have sent me on wild goose chases to businesses that were either notexistent or somewhere else. A big deal in a large RV is a frustrating annoyance on a motorcycle. Because of this, I stopped using Garmin's POIs a couple of years ago and now use other alternatives when searching for food, fuel, or anything else. Really? They could be better now. I don't know. I have been burned so many times that it will be a while before I try to use them again. I let the gps show me the nearest gas station for the first time since I owned it, against my better judgement. We went after it was shown to be close to us. I passed a gas station on the way that the gps didn't know about, and it took me about 5 blocks further up the street to a run down old building that was probably a gas station in a previous life. We were checking out an RV park for a future trip later that day, and I let the gps search for nearby RV parks on my phone. It didn't know that the RV park was established. The bottom line. If you need to find a place, don't use the POIs. You can enter the address into the gps by searching for it on your cell phone. The weather radar is connected to your phone through a wireless connection. I haven't had any showers that chase me around yet, but it all seems to work if you have a good wireless data signal. This feature is really cool. I have only used it for short trips, but if it's like any of my other current ones, they will find the address and you can be pretty confident they will get you there eventually, but will also sometimes choose strange routes. Always take a quick look at the proposed route, and always choose common sense over what a gps tells you. This thing is expensive. It's very expensive. It is the most expensive non-marine gps I have ever purchased. I would buy it again in a second. I still think it's great and would not want to be without it. As time goes on, I will probably update this review.
The handheld gps is reliable. The display has a sunlight-readable color and display size of 220 x 220. There are roads and trails for hiking and cycling in the Topo Active maps. Tracking in more challenging environments is possible with the support of gps and GLONASS satellite systems. There is 8 gigabytes of internal memory for map downloads. Up to 25 hours in the gps mode with 2 AA batteries.
👤A lot of the negative reviewers didn't understand what they were buying when they ordered this. This isn't a replacement for your maps and it isn't intended to be. Some of the negatives are positive features. It was large. It's large, but it will take a lot more beating than a small smart phone. The shape makes it easier to hold in the hand. 2. There is no touchscreen. Have you ever tried to use your phone in the rain? Touchscreens are great in warm climates. It is designed for use in dirty environments. 3. The user interface is outdated. This sort of phone is similar to a 2008 cell phone. The layout is easy to set up and contributes to the battery life. 4. AA batteries. The eTrex doesn't have a rechargeable battery like every other electronic device. It's difficult to understand why they think this would be a good idea. If you're out on a long hike/camping/hunting trip for several days, it's unlikely that you'll have access to a charging port, which makes it easier to just pop in two new batteries when the old ones run out. 5. There is a memory capacity. The maps take up the entire integrated memory. You can buy a 32gb card for $6 and download as many maps as you want. There are lots of videos on how to do this. 6. There is no map detail. I haven't encountered any flaws with the maps, so unless you're trekking through Gates of the Arctic, you'll probably be covered on any state or local trails. 7. Inaccuracy of location. The registered location is close to where I'm actually standing. My cell phone is usually off by 50 to 100 feet. It's not the point of exactitude, it's to help you find your way back to your camp, etc. Being off by a few yards isn't a big deal if you're within sightline. There are 8. There are noroutable maps. It operates differently than your phone's map app. You type in the address and it takes you there. It's not clear why people think it won't. There are 9. The features and interface are confusing. I can't believe this one. There are lots of videos and articles on how to use features. I download AllTrails Pro trails into Basecamp and then export them onto the eTrex when I'm ready to go. I follow the trail on the device. There are two more When I go on a non-prepared trip, I use the eTrex to record my track and save it on the device, then I plug it into my computer and send it to Basecamp. Done. If you're outdoors a lot, you're willing to dedicate minimal time to understanding how to use it, and you understand that this sub-$200 gps that will last you for a decade is not intended to replace your $800+ cellphone.
👤The company is abysmal. The product they have created is straight out of the era of the Blackberry. They offer nothing in the handheld market that is close to a modern device. This piece of hardware and software is not good. I will return it. I didn't return the inferior Garmin that I have in my car, and it burns me up. Never again! The screen is tiny, and I have encountered other issues in my brief period of ownership. I need to hike in the desert. The screen is useless. My phone works in the same way with no glasses. - The best tech minds don't work for Garmin. - The screen gets bumped in your pocket and you lose battery life. You can't search for a location by state, it returns zero results. The method to change the order of items in the Main menu is different from the Route Planning menu. - The deleted tracks menu contains all the settings. What? There are no maps. The data is solid, so I give this 2 stars instead of 1 Since my return of this device, I have been using a solution. I wanted a dedicated device just for mapping, I hike extensively off trail. I bought a burner phone at a box store and it works without being activated. I disabled all the apps that I could. I bought and downloaded Gaia for mapping and route finding. You can download maps before you leave. You can get phone service if you don't have to download maps, but it will cost more. I made the device bulletproof by adding a protective case with a backpack clip and an external battery pack. The setup has been great. Gaia is awesome. There are maps on the screen. The hardware and software are easy to use. The accuracy is very good. I have access to a lot of maps. Finally, it's a cheaper option. It's shocking that the company that does this can't do it.
Premium gps handheld with Birdseye satellite imagery subscription. The large display is easy to view. The display size is 1.5 W x 2.5 H inch. Multiple Global navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) can be used to track your travels in more challenging environments. Access to Birdseye Satellite Imagery with direct-to-device downloads and no annual subscription is available. Up-to-date forecasts and animated weather radar are supported by expanded wireless connections. Up-to-date forecasts and animated weather radar are supported by expanded wireless connections.
👤I found this to be very useful. I was not impressed with the accuracy of my phone. The internal gps on the iPhone wasn't up to snuff for waypoints and accuracy, even though I like the maps on GAIAGPS. It doesn't do things like vertical speed and that sort of thing on the display, which is why I started looking at the Garmin. It's nice to be able to see how fast the vehicle is going when I'm towing. Some people in the reviews said that they had issues with the gps. I've run it for over 1000 miles and have had no issues with it. I have added some topo maps to the online version of the software. The accuracy has been great. I had an old eTrex when they first came out and have been impressed with the newer faster gps. I like being able to switch on and off the layers. If you don't know how to use a pushbutton gps, then this is the one for you, but I think it's better for hiking because you don't get accidental screen taps. I was up and running quickly, and I love that you can easily modify the screens. I wish you could add some of the applications to the page tray for easier access. That is a small quibble for an awesome unit. I also got a refurbished one. I have not had any issues with it. I use eneloop pro batteries and they work great for me. I can usually go on a single weekend.
👤The buttons were worn out, the screen was scratched, and sometimes it was 100' off from where I was. I hike with this thing. So I got the new one. The screen is much nicer and the buttons are better. I bought a screen protectors for this. A company makes one for this unit. It's too expensive to ruin the screen. I don't want to learn anything new or give up any of the things I've figured out how to do because the gps map is arcane. Good job, Garmin.
👤I use the gps map 66 to download trail routes from AllTrails. It's a complicated process of uploading from AllTrails to PC, then uploading via Basecamp or direct file transfer. It's not clear how to create a route from scratch on the gps unit. Accuracy, tracking, and time to get a fix are all excellent.
👤The screen is larger than before. This is a big help when looking at topo data. The interface is confusing and clunky for navigation on foot in complex terrain and for creating permanent records of those routes. The manual is full of details that don't add up to what I need to do. You should get the device, but be prepared for a steep learning curve.
👤The product works as intended. I save money because it's refurbished. The larger, higher resolution screen is great, but the ancient user interface is still used. It's like a different keyboard once you get used to it. The more modern equivalent costs more. I'll give it two thumbs up for the money.
A large 3 inch color display is easy to use. Two-way messaging via the 100% Global Iridium satellite network is required for an interactive SOS to be triggered. Multiple global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) support and navigation sensors are included in the pre-installed Garmin TOPO mapping. You can access active weather forecasts on your cell phone. You can use the explore website and app to manage waypoints, routes, activities and collections. Up to 35 hours of battery life can be provided in 10-minute tracking mode, and up to 200 hours in expedition mode. Satellite communications devices are not allowed in some places. It is the responsibility of the user to follow all applicable laws in the jurisdiction where the device is intended to be used.
👤There are now four handhelds with InReach. Here is a quick listing of the models followed by a more detailed description of their pros and cons. The already successful gpsMAP 66st was added with InReach satellite messaging, and weather forcasts. The InReach models have a battery life of 35 hours under normal use. InReach Explorer+ is the longest lasting. 24k maps of North America and navigation built-in are included in InReach. InReach SE+ The InReach is the same as the Explorer+ but without maps and navigation. The mini version of the SE+ has half the battery life, half the size, and weight. Let's get some basics out of the way. If you expect to be beyond cell coverage, buy this or one of the other InReach models. It could save your life. The InReach two-way satellite messaging feature costs more to buy than aGPS receiver alone and requires a subscription for the messaging feature, like all utilities, phone, cable, electricity, etc. It is a two-way process. Sending a message high into space and needing lots of battery power is different to the gps system. Text and email messages can be sent to anyone in the world with a phone that can send normal text and email messages. Cell texting uses a grid of towers nearby just waiting to take your message and pass it on, but it will take longer. There are no cell towers in the wilderness. Each of the 70 satellites takes about 90 minutes to circle the Earth. The chance of your device communicating with a satellite depends on a number of factors. If you want the best chance of quicker communications, you should get into an open space where the chance of seeing a passing satellite or two is greater. Messages take time to be sent and received. The InReach SOS system has had over 3000 search and rescue responses. It is reliable if you understand how to use it. Smoke signals are your next best option. If you carry a phone with the EarthMate app, you will be able to use the phone's touch keyboard to type messages, and topo maps of North America will be included. Even if the InReach doesn't have built-in maps, you can still use EarthMate on your phone without a cell or internet connection. I've used the other handhelds as well. Here are my recommendations for the best and less useful features. My tests show that they all do the same things. The messaging service subscription cost is the same for all models. Here is a list of what each means. The proven system of gps handhelds is used to build the gpsMAP 66i. It uses a system of device integration and coordination. It is the first time that the InReach has completely broken free from the original system. You can read the manual online for a full understanding of what the system will do. A larger screen and full InReach technology. There is a lot of wireless and wi-fi connection to other watches, sensors, and health devices. It is possible to store, classify, and share activity, routes, waypoints, and other data in the cloud. The built-in TopoActive map supports turn-by-turn prompts on the trail when using a route and has lots more short local trails than the Explorer+ which requires you to download additional OpenStreetMaps directly into its built-in free space or into a paired phone. You can download directly into the gpsMAP 66i free, but BirdsEye Satellite Imagery is not good enough to add photo data to your maps. The optional City Navigator North America NT map will make theGPSMAP 66i look and act like a dedicated road gps for driving. It has thousands of points of interest. It can be searched and found with on-road turn by turn calculation. Voice notifications for upcoming turns and traffic conditions are not found in dedicated automobileGPS devices. You can buy just one device that will work well on the road and the trail. There are some things that are CONS: The battery life is only 35 hours. This can be extended by careful planning. This is not a good choice for multi-day excursions due to the limited battery life. Many of the handy gpsMAP features are not used in the wilderness beyond cell or internet access. Best. For people who like the full featured Garmin fitness and activity gear, welcome access to Garmin maps and the Garmin cloud systems, and don't often venture into the wilderness for more than a long weekend, this is for them. When you go beyond the cell system, most of the features of the gpsMAP are gone. Bring an external battery pack with you in case of an emergency and if you need to text with rescue responders. The current Top of the LineGPS handheld has many features and is powered by InReach technology. It's a great choice for casual hikers. I think the Explorer+ is the best handheld for people who are going to be beyond Cell coverage for a while. It will last 100 hours under normal conditions and over a month with careful planning. The built-in map of North America is similar to theGPSMAP 66i. This map is not a TopoActive map with the ability to have turn-by-turn prompt tones. After your phone dies, this unit can stand alone. There are pros and cons. A built-in 24k topo map of North America, long battery life, and weather forecasts from the backcountry are all included. A built-in digital compass, accelerometer, and altimeter is needed for precise location and bearing info. The Explorer+ can store additional information internally. The TopoActive maps like theGPSMAP 66i are not compatible with the fitness, exchange, and TopoActive systems. Best. Long distance hikers, hunters, and boaters want to be able to navigate without a phone, and they expect to be beyond cell service for many days. The InReach SE+ has the same size and satellite messaging as the Explorer+, but without the Map and navigation features. There is a 100 hour battery for satellite based weather forecasts. The explorer+ has the same rugged case and waterproof standard. The Explorer+ is $50 more expensive. Spending a small amount of money on the Explorer+ will give you more value in navigation and location capability. Best. Those who only want off-grid communications, and long battery life, are for. The smallest, lightest, and most difficult to use is the InReach Mini. Pair it with a phone. You have easy messaging with contacts, routes, and waypoints, as well as a free full features topo map of North America. There are pros and cons. Light and small. It's easy to carry with you when the car dies in a cell dead zone. There are some things that are CONS: It was dangerous to write messages from the device. 50 hours of battery under normal use. The Explorer+ has half the battery life of the SE+. There is no map for navigation. To see a map and navigate, you need to pair your phone with a gps device. Cell phones will not last as long. navigation goes also when they lose battery. The Mini is lighter and smaller, but it will need a phone to navigate and a battery pack to charge both devices. Best. For people who just want to be able to communicate from beyond cell service for convenience or safety in emergencies and like the fact that when connected to a phone running the EarthMate app it provides a great detailed map and navigation, it's for them. Those who like its small size and weight don't need an extended battery life. The average day or weekend hiker, hunter, or boater likes the security of weather forecasts in the wilderness, two-way SOS, and the ability to keep in touch with home. When things go wrong, anyone can get help from a dead cell zone. Which model is best for you? The Explorer+ is the best choice if you are a long distance hiker, hunter, or offshore boater. It has a long battery life and you can download maps and charts to your phone for many days off the grid. If you need to communicate with rescue responders in case of a SOS emergency, you should save 25% of your battery. If you hike on weekends or the occasional vacation for a few days, the InReach SE+ or Mini will serve you well. The free EarthMate app is installed on your phone so you can use it for navigation. The Mini is a good option for anyone who wants to reach out to family or friends from dead Cell areas. It's small, easy to carry and always there when you need it. An annual subscription is worth the peace of mind. If you are an active biker, runner, or other sport enthusiast who spends most of the time within the Cell system range but likes weekends or a few days in the wild, you might consider theGPSMAP 66i. It costs more, but it integrates with the existing Garmin systems that will work in the wilderness, but are helpful when you are back in your home base. There are lots of short local trails on the built-in map. It can be helpful to use TopoActive turn-by-turn maps for pre-defined routes to make sure you don't miss a vital turn. Adding a North America NT map to your carGPS navigator will save you hundreds of dollars. All of the InReach included devices will allow you to send and receive texts or emails from anywhere to anyone, get weather forcasts anywhere via the satillites, and get help for any emergency from a flat tire to a broken leg in the wilderness. They all work well. The service plans are priced according to the budget. The cheapest plan costs less than fifteen dollars a month. I pay more than that for my coffee and pastry breaks. If you want the ability to uninstall the device and not pay for the months you don't need it, the unlimited plan is worth it. The yearly contract plans keep the device active at all times. I carry a MINI at all times on the Annual Safety plan for $13 per month. This gives me peace of mind that I can communicate when the car breaks down. If I press the button, GEOS will call my roadside assistance provider. I can text a family member. I have an Explorer+ for those multi-day photo expeditions where long battery life is important. The Explorer+ is on a plan that costs $70 per month but only has unlimited messages for a certain period of time. Hopefully this has helped. The best InReach device for your needs and budget is needed. Is it worth it? Consider the consequences of being unable to communicate when misfortune strikes you or someone you meet. The InReach has saved many lives. You should stop and enjoy the view no matter what you do.
A large display for easy viewing. Two-way messaging via the 100% Global Iridium satellite network is required to Trigger an interactive SOS. Birdseye satellite imagery downloads are included in the pre-installed Garmin TOPO mapping with multiple global navigation satellite systems support. You can access active weather forecasts on your cell phone. You can use the explore website and app to manage waypoints, routes, activities and collections. Up to 35 hours of battery life can be provided in 10-minute tracking mode and 1-minute tracking mode. Satellite communications devices are not allowed in some places. It is the responsibility of the user to follow all applicable laws in the jurisdiction where the device is intended to be used. Satellite communications devices are not allowed in some places. It is the responsibility of the user to follow all applicable laws in the jurisdiction where the device is intended to be used.
👤I replaced my old Oregon for the 66i because I wanted something that could communicate. My wife and I are planning to hike and camp in remote areas, and we wanted a way to communicate with rescue personnel should things go wrong. The acquisition of the unit is fast. Text delivery is not fast, but it still gets the job done. It took me about 5 minutes to deliver my message to one of my contacts. Adding tracks and waypoints is a piece of cake because the unit works well with the application. Very happy with the device.
👤We bought this because we often get where there is no cell coverage. It's easy to read in the sun. If you want to use the mount while driving a vehicle, make sure you keep it charged.
👤I barely got to use the gps and satellite services because they were not accessible to me during my camping trip, which was only 10 miles outside the closest town. If they did, my satellite texts would take forever to go through. I would be very worried if I needed this in an emergency. The tech is buggy and awkward, and the satellite services connecting it are unreliable.
👤I live in a place with dense forest and swamps. I have tested it in the forest for 4 months and it is very unreliable. In the vicinity of swamps, the gps will turn wildly from 0 degrees to 90 and even 180 degrees. The arrow is floating in the air. This is a dangerous tool. I lost 3 times. Twice I was saved by the map and compass. I didn't have a map for the third time. I had to take a trail. I would have had to call the emergency services if it had been winter. If you spend a lot of time in the forest, and especially if you don't know the area, stay away from this gps. It is a shame that a gps can't perform in the forest. The gps does not have a lot of reliability.
Every fishing environment has a rugged design. Transmit power: 200 W (RMS) and frequencies: 50/77/83/200 kHz. The handheld has a high-sensitivity gps receiver and a 2.6-inch color display. It's perfect for water sports and boating. BlueChart g2 is a built-in. The U.S./Bahamas has coastal charts with shorelines, depths, and more. A built-in 3-axis tilt-compensated electronic compass and barometric altimeter is included. Share your waypoints, tracks, routes and geocaches with other compatible device users.
👤The garmin 78sc worked for a week, then got an error message that it couldn't unlocks maps, and then they said garmin knew about the problem and a fix was being worked on.
👤I have used this device extensively, including over a 47 day kayak trip from Anacortes, Washington to Petersburg, AK. It's an awesome tool when it's functioning correctly. There are some design defects that need to be fixed. 1. The rubber covers for the power andusb ports leak salt water and can cause problems. Positive enclosures that never leak are what my other IPX 7 devices have. 2. The device consumes more power when loaded with a lot of waypoints. I was able to see this over a long period of time as I deleted routes and waypoints. As data grows, it never gets to sleep because the software loop always evaluates everything rather than what's currently relevant. 3. The unit OFTEN was locked up. This would require removing the protective cover and restarting. It's not something you want to do in windy conditions. I stopped using this feature eventually. I love it when it works. Before paddling on salt water, I have coated protective covers with Aquaseal. I have to remove it before I can connect it to the computer. They are very close to a great design and I want to love it. Wouldn't it be great if they listened to their customers better? January 7, 2020. I would like to add to my review. Over 34 days, last summer, circumnavigated the island by kayak. I loaded my gpsMAP with a lot of data. While following tracks the battery never locked up. I think software changes have fixed my complaints. Poor design of port covers will leak.
👤I bought the product to replace my old handheld 76c. It was a workhorse and the maps were small. The device could be used with WP. I was disappointed that the charts had no detail, like buoy markings, when I purchased the 78sc. I only had a giant marker on the scale of a small scale chart, because making scale larger resulted in the loss of any useful landmarks. Tech support said to me "what do you expect with a handheld and limited memory?" Over a decade later? The 76c is not a replacement for the 78sc, which is a handheld marine chart. The screen size is smaller than the older model. I would not recommend this device for use in the water.
👤Over the years, I've used a number of Garmin handhelds. I bought this unit to replace the failed one. The 78sc was expected to be a decent replacement. This is not the case. The hardware seems very good, but the software is terrible, especially compared to the oldGPSMAP 76. After I downloaded my old routes and waypoints, I tried to use the unit on my sailboat for a race around the cans. After loading up a route consisting of A, B, C, and A, the unit did not flip to the next waypoint, once a waypoint is reached. I couldn't find a way to flip it. It's difficult to explain, but you will find it annoying. TheGPSMAP 76 was superior in this area. There are two more You can't tell on the navigation page what your next point is. Unlike the 76, it is not displayed. There are 3 more The "active route" page doesn't give any information about the route's waypoints, just the names. Again, unlike the 76. The points are listed in order of distance, not alphabetical. It is hard to find what you are looking for if you have a lot of waypoints. There are five When you are on a sailboat in moderate seas, the speed andvelocity made a good jump. The 76 allowed you to take averages for a longer period of time. The option is not available on the 78sc. The unit is hard to read when the backlight is off. The battery life is poor with the backlight on. The user interface of the 78sc was dumbed down by Garmin. A disappointment. The 78sc is almost useless for me.
The design is water resistant and has a button. There are roads and trails for hiking and cycling in the U.S. and Australia. Know where you are with a high-sensitivity receiver with quad helix antenna and multi-GNSS support. Up to 16 hours in the gps mode. Up to 16 hours in the gps mode.
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