Hiking Review with Garmin GPSMap 64s

Garmin GPSMAP 64s

Lightweight handheld GPS with satellite imagery

5 / 5

My gps goes with me on every trip. It's lightweight, batteries last about 16 hours with the light setting on low, and the signal has never let me done even high up in the southern mountains of Bolivia.

GPS Signal Everywhere

The GPS works great when your're high up in the mountains or in the dense trees in the jungle. I haven't had a problem quickly getting a signal in any environment yet.Also, the Garmin GPSMAP 64s can show actual satellite imagery or a topographic map of exactly where you are at. This is a very useful feature to have when your hiking out in the wilderness and want to see what's around you or what you're up against.

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Birds Eye Satellite Imagery

I received a year long subscription to the satellite imagery (BirdsEye - Amazon Link) service where you can download specific areas or places. Even after the subscription is over, all the satellite files on your device or external microSD card remain yours and accessible on the device or BaseCamp. You can also select the level of detail that you want to download. Very high detail compared to medium detail doesn't have a really noticeable difference so I choose that for my imagery so I could have more areas and faster speeds. It's still great in my opinion.

What are some other features?

There's a marine mode for fishing where you can upload lake maps with depth measurements and reef locations. The other feature I use after every trip is exporting the final gps track to Google Earth or Google Maps. This is a cool feature because it also plots elevation and you can attach pictures to the track if you upload it to Google Maps or some other map plotting service. If you have Google Earth installed, check out my hikes of Isle Royale and the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Or click the Google Maps like to view the online version.

Google Maps Isle Royale hiking route
Isle Royale National Park hiking track .kml

Google Maps Inca Trail hiking route
Machu Picchu - Inca Trail .kmz

GPS map of the Inca Trail

Hiking Route of Inca Trail in Peru leading up to Machu Picchu

Pros:

  • Waterproof (resistant) and durable
  • Built in satellite imagery is amazing
  • Coverage everywhere, with good accuracy and great battery life

 

Cons:

  • Older model was sometimes glitchy

 

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