Garmin GPSMAP 66sr


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Overview

No1 - Currently Garmin's best selling GPS unit - Garmin GPSMAP 66sr

Includes free Gold Support Package

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

Since the launch of the Garmin GPSMAP 66sr in late 2020 it quickly rose to the best selling Outdoor GPS unit and rightly so.

The case looks very similar to the Garmin GPSMAP 66s, but the key updates on this previous model are -

- the built-in battery, with a  stunning 36 hours of battery life. I have always been very skeptical of Garmin's official figures but it actually is doing this
- multi-band satellite signal giving great accuracy, the next generation of GPS technology.
- built-in European mapping (look at FAQ's tab to see video of these).

Therefore if you are a four-season walker i.e. you need a buttoned GPS unit as in winter you will be wearing gloves, you need to look no further.

Overview of the Garmin GPSMAP 66sr

Multi-band/GNSS handheld with sensors and TopoActive Europe maps.

The Garmin GPSMAP 66sr is a great button GPS unit. It is the same as the GPSMAP 66s but it has

- Garmin’s Topo Active mapping installed for Europe (See FAQ's tab).

- It also has the addition of multi-band/ GNSS technology to give improved accuracy.

- Built-in battery

- This unit also works alongside the Garmin Explore app, which, going forward, will be the way things are progressing.

Too many other features to list but it has everything you could ever ask for.

The best four-season GPS unit from Garmin and with the addition of the European mapping (which is updatable).

 

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

EXPANDED GNSS SUPPORT

Multi-band technology and expanded GNSS support (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS and IRNSS) provide optimal accuracy in steep country, urban canyons and forests with dense trees.

ABC SENSORS

Navigate every trail with ABC sensors, including an altimeter for elevation data, barometer to monitor weather and 3-axis electronic compass.

BIRDSEYE SATELLITE IMAGERY

Download high-resolution photo-realistic maps directly to your device without an annual subscription. Easily find trails, pick stand locations, find parking, create waypoints and more.

PRELOADED TOPOACTIVE EUROPE MAPS

Preloaded TopoActive Europe maps provide detailed views of routable street and off-road networks, waterways, natural features, land use areas, buildings and more.

ACTIVE WEATHER

When paired with your compatible smartphone, you can get real-time forecast information and live weather radar, so you’re aware of the surrounding conditions.

BUILT FOR ADVENTURE

This handheld is built to military standards for thermal, shock and water performance (MIL-STD-810), and it’s even compatible with night vision goggles.

LED FLASHLIGHT

The GPSMAP 66 series helps you keep gear to a minimum with a built-in LED flashlight that can be used as a beacon to signal for help.

GEOCACHING

Get automatic cache updates from Geocaching Live, including descriptions, logs and hints. When connected via Wi-Fi® technology or to the Garmin Connect™ app2, each find will upload to your Geocaching.com profile.

GARMIN EXPLORE APP

Plan, review and sync waypoints, routes and tracks by using the Garmin Explore™ app2 and website. You can even review completed activities while still in the field.

BATTERY LIFE

Internal lithium-ion rechargeable battery provides up to 36 hours of battery life in GPS mode and up to 3 weeks in Expedition mode.

Spec
PHYSICAL DIMENSIONS 6.2 x 16.3 x 3.5 cm
DISPLAY SIZE 3.8 x 6.3 cm; 3-inch diagonal (7.6 cm)
DISPLAY RESOLUTION 240 x 400 pixels
DISPLAY TYPE Transflective, colour TFT
WEIGHT 230 g with batteries
BATTERY TYPE Rechargeable, internal lithium-ion
BATTERY LIFE Up to 36 hours, up to 450 hours in expedition mode
WATER RATING IPX7
MIL-STD-810 yes (thermal, shock, water)
HIGH-SENSITIVITY RECEIVER green tick
INTERFACE High-speed micro USB and NMEA 0183 compatible
MEMORY/HISTORY 16 GB (user space varies based on included mapping)

Maps & memory

PRELOADED MAPS Yes (TopoActive Europe; routable)
ABILITY TO ADD MAPS green tick
BASEMAP green tick
AUTOMATIC ROUTING (TURN BY TURN ROUTING ON ROADS) green tick
MAP SEGMENTS 15,000
BIRDSEYE Yes (direct to device)
INCLUDES DETAILED HYDROGRAPHIC FEATURES (COASTLINES, LAKE/RIVER SHORELINES, WETLANDS AND PERENNIAL AND SEASONAL STREAMS) green tick
INCLUDES SEARCHABLE POINTS OF INTERESTS (PARKS, CAMPGROUNDS, SCENIC LOOKOUTS AND PICNIC SITES) green tick
DISPLAYS NATIONAL, STATE AND LOCAL PARKS, FORESTS, AND WILDERNESS AREAS green tick
STORAGE AND POWER CAPACITY Yes (32 GB max microSD™ card)
WAYPOINTS/FAVOURITES/LOCATIONS 10,000
TRACKS 250
TRACK LOG 20,000 points, 250 saved gpx tracks, 300 saved fit activities
ROUTES 200, 250 points per route; 50 points auto routing
RINEX LOGGING green tick

Sensors

GPS green tick
GLONASS green tick
GALILEO green tick
BAROMETRIC ALTIMETER green tick
COMPASS Yes (tilt-compensated 3-axis)
GPS COMPASS (WHILE MOVING) green tick

Daily smart features

CONNECT IQ (DOWNLOADABLE WATCH FACES, DATA FIELDS, WIDGETS AND APPS) green tick
VIRB® CAMERA REMOTE green tick
COMPATIBLE WITH GARMIN CONNECT MOBILE green tick
ACTIVE WEATHER green tick
SMART NOTIFICATIONS ON HANDHELD green tick

Safety and Tracking Features

LIVETRACK green tick

Outdoor recreation features

POINT-TO-POINT NAVIGATION green tick
COMPATIBLE WITH BASECAMP™ green tick
AREA CALCULATION green tick
HUNT/FISH CALENDAR green tick
SUN AND MOON INFORMATION green tick
XERO LOCATIONS green tick
GEOCACHING-FRIENDLY yes (Geocache Live)
CUSTOM MAPS COMPATIBLE yes (500 custom map tiles)
PICTURE VIEWER green tick
INREACH REMOTE WIDGET green tick
LED BEACON FLASHLIGHT green tick

Outdoor applications

COMPATIBLE WITH GARMIN EXPLORE™ APP green tick
GARMIN EXPLORE WEBSITE COMPATIBLE green tick

Connections

WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY Yes - Bluetooth®, ANT+®
In the Box

In the Box

 - Garmin GPSMAP 66sr

 - Access to Birdseye satellite imagery

 - USB cable

 - Carabiner clip

 - Documentation

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 66sr?

 

This unit has Topoactive mapping on the internal memory and so this option comes as standard with any option you purchase. (Eg, if you purchase TOPO Great Britain Pro 1:50k, you will also get Topoactive mapping on the internal memory)

  
– Garmin GPSMAP 66sr With Western Europe TOPO ACTIVE Mapping

Garmin TOPO ACTIVE mapping is a proper digital map, as you zoom in you get more information and as you zoom out you get less. BUT, it is not an Ordnance Survey map, therefore it does not differentiate between Bridleways and Footpaths, it just marks them as paths. 

It covers 47 European countries, compiled using the community-generated OpenStreetMap (OSM) database. Coverage for: Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia (Kaliningrad only), San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the Vatican City.

– Garmin GPSMAP 66sr 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 66sr with TOPO Great Britain Pro 1:50k (2021 edition - most recent)

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 66sr with TOPO Great Britain Pro 1:25k (2021 edition - most recent)

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 battery pack options are available to charge the Garmin GPSMAP66sr?

You can see the battery options available in this video online here.

 

3. What is the best way to carry the Garmin GPSMAP66sr GPS unit?

Our most popular accessory to carry the Garmin GPSMAP66sr is the Garmin backpack tether.

4. Can you use the Garmin GPSMap66sr on a Bicycle ?
Yes you can there is a bike bar mount available for the Garmin GPSMap66sr here and the pre-loaded Topo Active Mapping covering all of Europe has turn by turn routable data suitable for cycling.

5. 
Is the Garmin GPSMap 66sr a good GPS unit for all season use?
The Garmin GPSMap 66sr is a great rugged unit for using in all weathers due to its good size buttons which can be used with gloves on, ingress protection rating of IPX7 offering great weather protection and has a Trans Reflective sunlight readable colour screen.

6. What is the difference between Garmin GPSMap 66s and 66sr Version?
The Garmin GPSMap66sr version over the GPSMap66s has the following: 
Multi-band technology and expanded GNSS support (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS and IRNSS) providing optimal accuracy in steep country, urban canyons and forests with dense trees., the SR version also has a built-in lithium- ion rechargeable battery.


7. Does the Garmin GPSMap 66sr display a temperature reading ?

The Garmin GPSMap 66sr will display a temperature reading if paired with the Garmin Tempe Sensor , you then change one of the data box fields to display temperature.