Garmin GPSMAP 64s

GPS, Outside Bozeman, Montana

Garmin GPSMAP 64s

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McCarthy, Chris

It’s been said that smartphones will eventually make GPS devices obsolete. Maybe when you can get continuous cell phone coverage, but for now, to rely on your smartphone while in the backcountry is just plain dumb. You want a GPS that is simple to use, easy to read, and built to handle some serious abuse, without being overly bulky. Garmin’s GPSMAPS 64s fits the bill. This handheld unit quickly acquires a signal and is extremely accurate; in less than two minutes it’ll lock on to your location within several feet utilizing both the global navigation satellite system (GLONASS) and GPS. Its readable screen is 1.4” wide by 2.2” tall and has different settings for night and day. My previous GPS was a touch screen, which was nice, but frustrating to operate. Not so with the 64s: its large buttons and simple functions can be operated even with your gloves on. If you’re using the GPS for any backcountry travel, get a microchip with different maps (I like onXmaps) and don’t rely on the included belt clip. $400; garmin.com.

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