Garmin Launches New GPS Handhelds

Garmin GPSMAP 66

In an effort to further bolster its growing outdoor segment, Garmin announced two new additions to their outdoor GPS handheld series last week – the GPSMAP 66s and the GPSMAP 66st. The devices bring expanded wireless connectivity, direct-to-device access to BirdsEye Satellite imagery, and a large color display.

In addition to multi-GNSS support, the GPSMAP 66 series provides ABC (altimeter, barometer and compass) sensor capabilities to track your journey. The built-in altimeter provides elevation data to accurately monitor ascent and descent, while the barometer can be used to predict weather changes by showing short-term trends in air pressure. The three-axis electronic compass keeps your bearing whether you’re moving or not.

The new GPSMAP handhelds also allow you to download BirdsEye Satellite Imagery for high-resolution photo-realistic views of your route or places of interest like parks, trailheads, and even stand locations for hunting.

In addition, the GPSMAP 66st offers preloaded topographic maps for U.S. and Canada so you can have detailed information on coastlines, rivers, summits, terrain contours, and geographical points.

Expanded Bluetooth wireless connectivity supports Active Weather for up-to-date forecasts, including predictive maps for temperature, wind, precipitation and clouds. It also provides live weather radar so you’re aware of inclement weather that can affect your outdoor adventures.

The handheld devices run off a set of AA batteries and boast a battery life of 16 hours in GPS mode (1 week in expedition mode) and a large 3-inch sunlight-readable color display. They come with a LED flashlight and SOS beacon that can be used to signal for help during adventures.

The Garmin GPSMAP 66s retails for $400 and the GPSMAP 66st for $450 — both available for pre-order now with expected delivery in five to eight weeks.

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