Garmin GPSMap 66s


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Overview

Includes free Gold Support Package

- GPS Training review on the Garmin GPSMAP 66s - the expert's view -

The Garmin GPSMAP 66s is the second best-selling GPS unit and rightly so, it is currently one of the best top-end buttoned GPS units in our recent video review.

If you are a four-season walker and wear gloves in winter a buttoned GPS unit is a must and the durability and good battery life you get from the Garmin GPSMAP 66s make it ideal.

Being one of the 'new generation' GPS units it also works alongside the Garmin explore app meaning you can download routes directly from the internet and transfer these directly onto the Garmin GPSMAP 66s without the need of a computer.

 

Overview of the Garmin GPSMAP 66s

The Garmin GPSMAP 65s is the updated version of the Garmin 64s. 

The case size is identical, but the Garmin GPSMAP 65s is a multi-band GPS unit, meaning it is one of the most accurate handheld GPS units on the market.

You can also transfer routes directly onto the Garmin GPSMAP 65s using the explore app, therefore taking the PC/ Mac out of the equation.

I personally think it is one of the best GPS units on the market, with the slightly smaller screen (compared to the 66s series) you get great battery life so ideal for the high-level four-season walker.

The tough new GPSMap66s built to military standards for thermal, shock and water performance (MIL-STD-810G).

Navigate your next outdoor adventure with the GPSMAP 66 series. Whether you're hiking, mountain biking, climbing, geocaching, kayaking or working in outdoor environments, you can explore more with this iconic rugged handheld with a 3" colour display. It offers a new quality of positioning with Quad-Helix antenna performance and multi-satellite support as well as wireless connectivity for Active Weather, direct downloads and Garmin Explore compatibility.

Large, 3" sunlight-readable colour display for easy viewing

Multiple Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) support to track your travels in more challenging environments than GPS alone, plus three-axis compass and barometric altimeter

Access to BirdsEye satellite imagery with direct-to-device downloads and no annual subscription

Expanded wireless connectivity supports Active Weather for up-to-date forecasts and animated weather radar, and Geocaching Live for mobile syncing and updates

Compatible with Garmin Explore™ website and app to help you manage tracks, routes and waypoints, and review statistics from the field

LED flashlight function plus up to 16 hours of battery life in GPS mode and 1 week in expedition mode for fewer charges.

Please call - 01669 621044 - and speak with one of our friendly GPS experts.

 

----- ONLY AVAILABLE WHEN YOU PURCHASE YOUR GPS FROM GPS TRAINING -----

PLUS - We don't just sell you a box with a GPS unit in. In with the price we teach you how to use it via our online training course (online resource), give you free factsheets and training manuals (in with your unit) and are only ever an email or telephone call away if you ever need any help.

PLUS - All GPS units are kept in stock and is sent out Royal Mail Special Delivery, so it will be with you the next working day.

PLUS - We also will take your old GPS as a trade-in, to get a value for your GPS unit please click here.

Buy and Learn from the experts - GPS Training.

With this GPS purchase, you get our 'gold' support package for 1 year at no extra cost (see below) - worth £145.00

GPS Support with GPS Training
Features

Get Your Bearings

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.

See Where You Are Headed

Get a better picture of your location with high-resolution photo-realistic views of your route, thanks to direct-to-device downloads of BirdsEye satellite imagery — without an annual subscription. You'll see a true representation of your surroundings to find trails, trailheads and clearings for campsites, to find parks and parking for geocaching, and even to create waypoints based on landmarks.

Stay Tuned to Conditions

You’ll always stay informed of weather conditions when you pair your GPSMAP 66 series device via Bluetooth to a compatible smartphone. Receive Active Weather updates for real-time forecast information, 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.

Find Your Cache

GPSMAP 66s make it easier than ever to enjoy your geocaching experience. Set it to automatically update with all the latest caches from Geocaching Live, including cache descriptions, logs and hints. With a Wi-Fi connection or through Garmin Connect on a compatible smartphone, you'll avoid manually entering coordinates or printing out cache details on paper — and each find will automatically upload to your Geocaching.com profile.

Explore with Garmin

Even when you're offline and have no mobile connection, the GPSMAP 66 series pairs with the Garmin Explore mobile app to let you plan, review and sync data, including waypoints, routes and tracks. Plus, you can review completed activities while still in the field, even when you're off the grid. Once you're home again, plan for future trips and review previous activities from the Garmin Explore website.

Utility in Adverse Environments

Be prepared for the most extreme adventures. The GPSMAP 66 series offers up to 16 hours of battery life in GPS standard mode and 1 week in expedition mode (with two AA batteries) for fewer charges. It provides an LED flashlight and SOS beacon that can be used to signal for help. It's built to military standards for thermal, shock and water performance (MIL-STD-810G), and it's even compatible with night vision goggles.

Specs
PHYSICAL DIMENSIONS 6.2 x 16.3 x 3.5 cm
DISPLAY SIZE 3.8 x 6.3 cm; 3" diagonal
DISPLAY RESOLUTION 240 x 400 pixels
DISPLAY TYPE Transflective colour TFT
WEIGHT 230g with batteries
BATTERY 2 AA batteries (not included); NiMH or Lithium recommended
WATER RATING IPX7
MEMORY/HISTORY 16 GB
HIGH-SENSITIVITY RECEIVER green tick
INTERFACE High-speed USB and NMEA 0183 compatible

Maps & memory

PRELOADED MAPS Basemap only
ABILITY TO ADD MAPS green tick
BASEMAP green tick
STORAGE AND POWER CAPACITY microSD™ card (not included)
WAYPOINTS/FAVOURITES/LOCATIONS 10,000
ROUTES Routes: 250
TRACK LOG 20,000 points, 250 saved gpx tracks, 300 saved fit activities

Sensors

BAROMETRIC ALTIMETER green tick
COMPASS Yes (tilt-compensated 3-axis)

Outdoor recreation features

AREA CALCULATION green tick
AUTOMATIC ROUTING (TURN BY TURN ROUTING ON ROADS) Yes (with optional mapping for detailed roads)
GEOCACHING-FRIENDLY Yes (paperless)
CUSTOM MAPS COMPATIBLE green tick
HUNT/FISH CALENDAR green tick
SUN AND MOON INFORMATION green tick
CAMERA No
PICTURE VIEWER green tick

Garmin Connect™

GARMIN CONNECT™ COMPATIBLE (ONLINE COMMUNITY WHERE YOU ANALYSE, CATEGORISE AND SHARE DATA)  

Additional

ADDITIONAL
  • Garmin Explore compatible: Yes
  • Garmin Connect IQ compatible: Yes
  • Wireless compatible: Yes (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and ANT+)
  • Map segments: 15,000
  • Active weather: Yes
  • Smart Notifications: Yes
  • Live Tracking: Yes (with) Garmin Connect Mobile
  • BirdsEye direct to device: Yes (no annual subscription required)
  • MIL STD 810G ruggedness for thermal, shock and water performance
 In the box

In the Box 

 - GPSMAP66s

 - USB/charging cable

 - Carabiner clip

Only from GPS Training you also get in the box -

 - GPS Training getting started guide

 - Getting started with Garmin BaseCamp factsheet

 - Our 'gold' support package at no extra cost for 1 year - worth £145.00

Video



FAQ's


1. What are each of the map options available with the Garmin GPSMAP 66s?  


– Garmin GPSMAP 66s with Birdseye PLUS Voucher (25,000 sq km of 1:25k maps)

You activate the map credit against your Garmin account and then once you have this map credit in place you have one year to download your 25,000 sq km of 1:25k maps.

25,000 sq km is larger than the size of Wales and the area you choose can be split (i.e. you can choose areas from all over Great Britain).

Don’t worry, if you buy the unit from GPS Training you will get a step by step guide of how to download this mapping.

– Garmin GPSMAP 66s with TOPO Great Britain Pro 1:50k

This is full GB at 1:50k mapping on a map card, which sits in the back of the GPS unit.

The TOPO PRO means that it is the latest map card from Garmin, giving you off road turn by turn routing within the National Parks, this means you can select a location many miles ahead and the GPS will route you via the footpaths to get to that location (like a car sat nav does).

Outside National Parks the GPS will navigate you in a straight line from waypoint to waypoint.

Don’t worry, here at the GPS Training we set the unit up for you so you can easily use these features and we even include a quick start guide so you can quickly get up and running with your GPS unit.

– Garmin GPSMAP 66s with TOPO Great Britain Pro 1:25k

This is full GB at 1:50k, 1:50k and 1:250k mapping on a map card, which sits in the back of the GPS unit. As you zoom in and out you pass through each of these three map sets.

The TOPO PRO means that it is the latest map card from Garmin, giving you off-road turn by turn routing within the National Parks, this means you can select a location many miles ahead and the GPS will route you via the footpaths to get to that location (like a car sat nav does).

Outside National Parks, the GPS will navigate you in a straight line from waypoint to waypoint.

Don’t worry, here at the GPS Training we set the unit up for you so you can easily use these features and we even include a quick start guide so you can quickly get up and running with your GPS unit.

 

2. What are the best batteries for the Garmin GPSMAP 66s?

The Garmin GPSMAP 66s runs on some good quality rechargeable batteries.

3. If I go overseas lots what other mapping options are there?

•   Open Street mapping. GPS Training provide these on a micro sd card

•   Garmin overseas mapping. Just get in touch

 

4. How do I access my free training that I get when I buy a GPS from GPS Training?

•   You will receive everything you need to access this in with your GPS.

•   You will receive a username and password so you can access the GPS online resource (online training course) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

5. What countries is the Active Weather alerts available in?  

Active Weather is currently available in United Kingdom, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, France, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Austria and Slovenia, with partial coverage of the North Italy.