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 The user interface is outdated.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.
The RuggedGPS watch is built to endure the toughest environments. The standard for thermal, shock and water resistance is U.S. Military standard 810G. Multiple global navigation satellite systems (GPS, Glonass and Galileo) support helps track in more challenging environments. Train with activity profiles and monitor your heart rate. Silicone is the material of the strap. Automatic data uploads to the online fitness community and smart notifications with a compatible phone are some of the things you can do to stay connected. Use the trackback feature to navigate the same route back to your starting point, and use the explore website and app to plan your trips in advance. Up to 14 days in the watch mode, up to 16 hours in the gps mode, and up to 40 hours in the Ultratrac battery saver mode.
👤I have been on a frustrating activity tracker and smart watch journey. I was looking for something that didn't seem right. I like to hunt, hike, bike, and occasionally run. An accurate altimeter, barometer, andGPS are things that are very important to me. The first thing I bought was the Fenix 3 HR. I thought I had found the one that was impressive in the beginning. The issue was the altimeter. It wasn't accurate. I waited for the Fenix 5. Same issue. It was worse than the 3. I was told to put the watch in warm soapy water. I continued to experience the same issue even after this seemed to reset it back to normal. I decided not to put my watch in a warm glass of soapy water every night. The 5 plus appeared to solve the issues. But then, garmin made a change to the Instinct. This watch has caught my eye so far. It is light and comfortable. The Fenix watches are large and heavy to wear. You forget you are wearing a watch. The features are great. It has everything I need. I don't care about some of the measurements the Fenix gives you. Some people have commented on the display. I don't agree. It would be similar to E Ink from a book. It is a pleasure to look at and readable. It is black and white. The keys are easy to use. The menus are very fast. You can use the settings to get where you want. The buttons are very good and I have not accidentally pressed one while bending my wrist. The accuracy of the ABC sensors is still being tested but so far it is looking great. I can not say enough about this watch. It seems like a great model from Garmin that will fit in with the niche hunting/outdoors market. I will give an update in a month. I have had this watch for a few weeks and have taken it on several hunting trips. I am very impressed with this watch. This watch is light and comfortable. I think I forgot how nice it is to wear a watch that you forget is attached to your wrist, because I have been wearing heavier watches over the years. I didn't like wearing my watches to bed. I would get into my wrist because it was too bulky. Tracking seems to be accurate. When you are tracking an activity, the attitude has been accurate. What I like about this watch is it is comfortable. It is lightweight and responsive. Menus and screen. The buttons arecessed to avoid Accidental Presses. I only have a few complaints and suggestions to improve the watch. When you lock the keys, you can hold any button for a short time in order tounlock the watch. The amount of time it takes to hold the button is too long. It takes about half a second for it to be unlocked currently. This is a small complaint. The screen is a proprietary material. I would like it to be a display made of sapphires. You can't tell if there is a screen protector on the face because I put one on it. The battery indicator should show a percentage as opposed to the 5 bars in a battery indicator. It would be nice if they changed that. Please ask me questions. I would be happy to answer. Over the years, I've done a lot of research on these watches and believe I have finally found the perfect watch for my needs. I've used all of the watches. This is my favorite watch. An absolutely great watch is still available. Every single day, this watch is on my wrist. It is still very comfortable. I have had a couple issues that I will address. It is a button on the watch. The watch was still under warranty. The watch was replaced quickly. They received an A+ for their customer service. I would be SOL if it had gone out after the warranty period. I think it is a one year warranty. I use this watch a lot. It is always worn. It has held up very well. I still think it is an amazing watch for the price. The lock feature on the watch is one of the issues I stated in the review. You can lock the screen. It is very easy to get it unlocked by bending your wrist and hitting a button. This could be a simple fix. The amount of time required to press a button is not a problem. It doesn't happen very often. It can be very frustrating if it does during an activity. This will be my last update. I will buy another watch whenever this one dies because it has been an amazing watch for me. I hope the watch continues to be improved. All the boxes are checked for my needs.
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.
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.
It's easy to use a gps navigator. The maps are easy to see. alternate routes are suggested by the traffic company. Yes, the backup camera is compatible with BC 30 or BC 40. Voice activated and ability to pair with a compatible phone. Notable historic sites and the U.S national parks directory are part of the HISTORY network. Without a computer, built in wi-fi for map and software updates.
👤I used a cellphone as my primary navigation tool and purchased the DriveSmart 65. The cellphone navigation systems are great, but I didn't like the convenience of the stand-alone units. I didn't like the fact that the navigation apps weren't easy to see when I manually used the phone for a phone call. There are two more Unless you use a different app or download offline maps from the internet, there's no navigation when you don't have cellular coverage. There are 3 more I never found the offline maps to work for me, there was always a problem with resolution that I could not resolve. Offline mode was not always used to work in general. I tried some of the other free offline navigation apps, but they seemed to be behind in updates, and did not seem refined, leaving me with a slight but ever present apprehension in my mind. I didn't like the small screen size when in portrait mode, even though I had an iPhone Plus. There are five The navigation app on my cellphone ran in the background and was not visible to view. I didn't see all of the trip info functions that the vehicle navigators offered. The app navigators had the same trip info, but it was hard to see. The DriveSmart 65 was more expensive than the 55, but the extras screen real estate was worth a few extra dollars for me. It is hardware. The screen is beautiful! Great resolution and bright colors. The brightness is turned up all the way. The 6.9 inch is the perfect size for me since I like to have all of the trip data functions showing on the screen at all times while allowing for ample space for the map/ navigation which is the most important part. The screen seems to be made of glass, but I am not sure if it is scratch resistant. The frame has a minimal amount of bezel which adds to visual appeal but makes accidental touches easy when trying to adjust the postition/angle of the unit on the mount. The screen is responsive to touch and there is little lag navigating through the menus, as it should be for a device at this price point. The speaker is loud and clear. I don't know what processor is in the unit, but I hope it is an upgrade from last year's model. It is smart to get the best hardware within your means, especially if you plan on keeping the device for several years, to ensure it will be able to effectively run the software updates. I don't like the way the power cord plugs into the back of the device. It would be great if it was plugged into the side or bottom, because it would be easier to mount the device on a desk if the power cord was not sticking out. The mount is standard and works well for mounting on a window, but I have seen it fall off of a vehicle. I bought a friction dash mount from Garmin because it seems to work well for now. I can't state my findings because I haven't had the battery disconnected from a power source for that long. It is very easy to use the software. It seems that the years of production have allowed time for most bugs to be worked out. The high detail map option provides a lot of detail and is helpful in keeping the user oriented from a geographical perspective. When you zoom out with the intent to use it indefinitely, the unit will automatically zoom you back in to the default setting, even though it does not really want you to have full reign on the map. You can have phone notifications for email/text/etc to show on the unit if you sync your phone to it. The option to make and receive phone calls when you sync the device to your phone is available for those that may need it. The unit has the ability to update maps without a computer. After attempting to update the maps 4 times, I got error code each time and the device aborted the process. Maybe it is because my internet connection is not high-speed. It will be great to see if there is a similar issue among other people. The maps will have to be updated with a PC. Conclusions: The device performs well as expected. Excellent native route planning and accurate navigation. The screen is bright and high resolution. It's right in the sweet spot. I am not convinced that the features this unit offers are practical enough to justify the higher price. If the processor is better than last year's model, this is a good value. It was a factual decision. I don't have to use my phone as my main navigation when I have a stand-alone navigator. Happy with the purchase, even though I mentioned some things. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a navigator.
The navigator has a 2.2-inch color display. Fast positioning and a reliable signal can be achieved with a WAAS-enabled gps receiver. It's compatible with road maps. Topo U.S. 24K, BlueChart g2, City Navigator, etc. The batteries are waterproof to IPX7 standards for protection against splashes, rain, etc. There is support for paperless geocaching and Garmin spine-mounting accessories.
👤I was looking for a basic handheld gps with support for Glonass. My intended use was for hiking in remote areas. If I got turned around, I wanted the Etrex 10 to be an insurance policy. I thought the lack of a detailed basemap wouldn't be a problem. I thought the gray scale screen would work well for me. I discovered that I was wrong on both accounts. I found it difficult to navigate because there were no points of reference other than a small dot for cities. The gray scale screen seemed to confuse me as waypoints and tracks blended together on the tiny screen with a featureless background. I wondered if the etrex 10 was better than firing up my cell phoneGPS without data. I returned the unit because of the issues with the interface. I replaced the 10 with the 20. The experience of the 20 is completely different. The unit is upgraded for an extra $60. The basemap was more than I was expecting. Major highways and state routes can be seen along with bodies of water. These characteristics are present in all of the countries I checked. The Republic Georgia is not the most mapped area of the world. Major cities and towns are marked. When you have a bunch of waypoints in the same area, the color screen helps keep things organized. The Etrex 20 is a major improvement over the 10, based on initial impressions.
👤This is my 4th Garmin, and it has been my outdoor companion since I got it. Within hours of using this one, I dumped the legend. This little guy has been through a lot, from searching for hidden treasure in the mountains to around town. Pick up a screen protectors, the screen doesn't scratch very easily, but it's made of plastic, not gorilla glass like we are all used to by now, and it's still very usable. The unit is bulletproof. The interface is clunky and slow, but after using my wife's Magellan, I think this is fine. The screen is good in the daytime and great after dark, but it's not great in the middle of the day. I knocked a start off for a faulty power button. The rubber power button crack on the eTrex 10/30 units has been seen this year alone, and I have seen other units with the same problem. One of them was mine.
👤I left a review for the poor people who thought the only available maps were from Garmin. This is not true. I downloaded a home made topo of California from a fellow online who has many more available, and if you feel they are incorrect, you can email him and let him know. With the topo that I downloaded, I had access to a motherlode of landmarks. From the road that leads to the halfdome to the garbage cans that are labeled and marked on the park map, you will never find a park map that shows the low key trails. The sd card is useful, but not a must. Map files can be switched between during use of the actual gps unit. I have not yet used it for that purpose. I don't think I could ever need all of the great features. There are obstacles in the water. There is a nearby lodging or entertainment. Sunrise and sunset times. The times for hunting and fishing are the best. Dozens of HUD options, such as elevation, distance to destination, ETA of destination based on speed, compass, and so much more, are available. I keep this piece of equipment in my mini go bag in my car, it's a fantastic piece of equipment. I think the gps has a long way to go before it's obsolete.
The handheld gps is reliable. The 2.2” sunlight-readable color display has a 480 x 320 display area. 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. Up to 25 hours in the gps mode with 2 AA batteries.
👤Does not work with all brands of batteries. It can take a long time for updates. Leave the unit outside at least an hour before you use it for the best results.
👤The product is nice. Also works with Energizer batteries. It's easy to smudge with fingerprints and you should buy a Tusita protection and screen protectors.
👤My last 4 purchases have been bad, hearing aids, 1 quit, and pickup seat covers wouldn't stay on. I was buying a gps and light bar, but it was hard to figure it out, and the batteries wouldn't last long.
👤Good quality and reasonable.
👤It worked as it was supposed to.
See your surroundings with a 1-year Birdseye Satellite Imagery subscription. Montana locates its location quickly and precisely, thanks to its high-sensitivity, WAAS-enabledGPS receiver, Hotfix satellite prediction and GLONASS support. Track manager is able to organize and navigate through the track logs. CAPTURE THE MOMENT is a digital camera that has 8 megapixels and can be used for higher quality images and better resolution.
👤Preface: I just want to say that the product from Garmin is a good one with features that help navigate and rugged materials. It's like using 15 year old cellphone technology if you're using a Garmin product. It's the Blackberry that ignores innovation in key areas of user experience such as web browsing, excellent cameras, etc. I still think there's plenty of room for user experience improvement, even though that's not what the gps is supposed to do. There is a nice size screen and excellent back lighting. The combo of the powered/locking mount and the RAM mount was great. The battery life was good. It comes with cables and instructions. None of those things failed me. It doesn't come with a case, but it does have a map loading that's hesitant, and it's incongrocy zooming. I spent 18 hours in the wilderness of Washington and I swear it was 50% wrong on forest/fire service roads, and that's probably a data quality issue from the data source. It was difficult to find alternate routes with the 380T in the field because of the scrolling/zooming. In an example, I was plotted a course from forest service roads down through a campground and into the trees down a barely maintained foot trail, apparently because it connected to a road 2.5 miles away. It was a one way trip of hope and fear that I might have to figure out how to ride my bike back up a brutal path. I know I can get out of the hills on foot if I need to. This is a good unit. It feels and acts like a cellphone. Base Camp can be used to plan your back country trip so that you can have sat image as well as route. If you're a back country motorcyclist, you may be better off just using the maps on your phone. If you want to know if we can improve our HHGPS units to be even better than they are today, you should buy a SAMSUNG GALAXY S9 and pay attention to the user interface on GOOGLE EARTH.
👤The device works great, but it's not clear how to use it. I thought I would get great looking maps out of the box when I turned it on. Wrong. You have to download Basecamp, highlight the area you want detailed, and then download it to the gps device. You can only get maps in certain areas. This is free and included. It makes sense that there would be too much data to have maps of the whole USA. You just have to tell the device which areas you want. It's beyond me why the instructions, website, or support pages don't state this. It took me a lot of headaches to get to this point, but you might have read about it right away. I like it now.
👤I would give this product a good review since it was the only game in town in the late 90's. Back in the 90's, I used to own a gps navigator that was great. It's too old now. I am going to do the JMT next month and I got this unit. I went to the White mountains to check it out. I had a phone and a unit. The map was hard to read. There is no way to change the color of the track. It is green. When on trails, the topo maps have a green hue. The zoom is slow in response. The battery life is not near what they advertise. It took mine 8 hours. My phone was still working. I had to change my batteries. Come on, get with the times! One job is included in this unit for $500 or more to show you where you are going. My phone did more than that. This century, update your software. I'm sticking with my phone.
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.
👤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.
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.
It is durable, constructed to military standards. Accurate positioning can be provided with the use of gps, GLONASS and galileo satellite systems. Smart notifications allow your device to receive emails, texts and alerts if you misplace your navigation sensor. In watch mode, the battery life can be up to 1 month. The user manual is a PDF manual in the product description.
👤I have been using this in the Army for over a year and I love it. I used to have a Fortrex 401 and loved it. There were some issues with the 401 that this solved. I will compare the two. The biggest changes from the 401 to the 601 are as follows. 1. The life of a battery. If you are using these in the military, or just use them often, you need an upgrade like this to justify it. I went from having to change my batteries every mission to changing them every 3-4 days of heavy use. 2. The ability to tell time in a watch is great, it saves you from having to carry something around your wrist, and works well. You wont have to worry about draining your battery supply for a watch because the watch only mode allows you to use this without taking much battery life at all. 3. Back light. The back light is better than the orange light. On the other side of the spectrum, it has a night vision mode that is very dim and can't be seen past 10 meters on the dark nights. 4. There is a screen. It has a bigger screen and a better resolution, making it easier to see what is displayed. 5. The location of the gps device. The gps seems to connect a little faster than the 401, but that is not a big deal. Overall, I think. This thing is amazing if you are in the military or use a lot of gps's. It works well and is small. The battery life alone makes this worth the upgrade if you already own a 401.
👤The army infantry is very useful in the field. The mode was more needed than expected. This garmin has many options and abilities. Didn't notice a huge difference in performance for 401. The screen may scratch easily under use.
👤I bought the 601 to replace the 401 that was stolen from my luggage a few months ago. Foretrex is the only line of gpss that do the job for me when I'm hiking or dog sledding in the winter. I can operate it with gloves on, and the batteries can be replaced quickly after the cold kills them. I've operated the 401 in temperatures as cold as -38C/ 36F without any issues. ICs have gotten a lot more power efficient since the 401 hit the market, and the biggest upgrade that the 601 provides is the greatly improved battery life. The way I burn through the batteries will pay for the unit within its lifetime. The improved screen resolution and support for Galileo are nice, but not a big deal to me. I had a lot of trouble getting the 401's interface to work with modern PCs because it was persnickety. The 601 seems to have fixed that. You don't need to use the software to work with it because it is a mass storage device with a full GPX file system. I was able to populate the Foretrex with waypoints from a database of mountain peaks by copying a hand-written GPX file to GARMIN/ GPX/WPTS. GPX on the Foretrex filesystem. The new band is cheap and not as comfortable as the old one. It's hard to remove it to get to the battery compartment. The Berry Amendment requires that units sold to the US military come without the band that is made in China. It's probably easier to attach your own band with some compromises made by Garmin. Bigfoot's one-star review only mentioned the missing satellite-accuracy display, but I've been able to reproduce it. I'll take his word for it, but I haven't missed any. The maximum elevation drift off I've seen is about 60 feet, which is1-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-65561-6556
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