Product review

16 Jun, 2020

Garmin GPS Map 66i

Tested by: Russ

Cost:

GBP

Weight:

g

Miles used:

Miles

Times replaced:

Replacements

First look

I haven’t had it on many hikes yet, but when I was looking for a GPS unit, I wanted something fully-featured so I could learn everything there is to know about these devices and not leave anything out. The Garmin GPS Map 66i offers a huge amount of features, settings, technology and specifications. It’s a huge investment, but it’ll be my primary GPS unit for many years to come.

 

Why the Garmin GPS Map 66i?

Using maps on this unit is incredible with downloadable topographic and preloaded maps, you can use this as a primary navigation device as well as your map and compass. The SOS beacon is just one of the many features on this device, but along with tracking, text messaging, waypoints and so much more, it’s a complete solution to a GPS unit for use all over the world in some of the most remote locations. I went all in and also bought the backpack tether which works well.

 

How well does it work?

I’ll be putting this unit through its paces much more this winter so stay tuned for the full review.

 

Value for money

It’s an expensive machine and it’s got so many features not everyone will need. A smaller, lighter and simpler solution would be the Garmin InReach Mini.

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Overview

  • Durability 100% 100%
  • Battery life 90% 90%
  • Value to weight ratio 80% 80%
  • Value for money 60% 60%

BPros

  • Waterproof
  • Rugged
  • Works very well
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Huge screen
  • Detailed maps
  • Packed with features and settings

CCons

  • Heavy
  • Expensive

Specs

Price:

£517 on Amazon

Weight:

From 243g (8.5oz)

Total weight:

297g (10.47oz)

Screen size:

3.8 x 6.3 cm; 3″ diag (7.6 cm)

Display res:

240 x 400 pixels

Display type:

TFT

Waterproof rating:

IPX7

Charging:

Micro USB

Features

  • Preloaded maps
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Active weather
  • Micro USB charger
  • GPS
  • Tracking
  • Compass
  • Text messaging
  • SOS button
  • For full features and specs head to buy.garmin.com

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