For hikers like you, the beauty and inspiration of nature and challenging terrain go hand in hand. The Garmin GPSMAP hiking handhelds get it—and give you that optimal accuracy you need in places like steep country, deep canyons, and forests with dense trees.
In this section, we're laying out the features you will find in the various models offered in the Garmin GPSMAP 65 series (65, 65s) and the GPSMAP 66 series (66s, 66st, 66sr, 66i). Which Garmin hiking GPS companion has the best tools for your hiking style?
- Expanded GNSS Support — Multi-band technology and expanded GNSS support (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS and IRNSS) provide optimal accuracy in challenging settings.
- Preloaded TOPO Maps — Get active U.S. and Canada maps to see terrain contours, topographic elevations, summits, parks, coastlines, rivers, lakes and geographical points.
- Public Land Boundaries — Venture where you're supposed to be with an optional display of federal public land boundaries on topographical maps.
- Smart Notifications — Receive emails, texts, and alerts right on your GPSMAP handheld when paired with your compatible device.
- Garmin Explore App — Plan, review, and sync waypoints, routes, and tracks by using the Garmin Explore app and website.
- Geocaching — Get paperless geocaches by uploading GPX files straight to your device.
- microSD Slot — Using your compatible device and microSD memory card, conveniently download TOPO 24K maps and hit the trail, or access HuntView Plus maps to see public land types and boundaries as well as private landowner names and boundaries.
- The GPSMAP 65/65s have a 2.5" transflective color display.
The GPSMAP 65s handheld has all of the advantageous hiking features that the GPSMAP 65 has with the added benefit of ABC Sensors. Feel confident navigating every trail with included altimeter for elevation data, barometer to monitor weather, and 3-axis electronic compass.
The GPSMAP 66 Series of Hiking GPS Handhelds
Differences between the GPSMAP 65 and 66 Series:
- ABC sensors are standard on all GPSMAP 66 series models
- BirdsEye Satellite Imagery is included in all GPSMAP 66 models
- TOPO maps are standard in the GPSMAP 65 series, but come with the the 66st, 66sr, and the 66i—not the 66s
- The GPSMAP 66 series is built to military specs
- The GPSMAP 66 series has extended battery life option; up to 170 hours in expedition mode
- The GPSMAP 66s provides ABC (altimeter, barometer, and compass) sensor capabilities. The altimeter provides elevation data to accurately monitor ascent and descent, while the barometer can be used to predict weather changes. The three-axis electronic compass keeps your bearing whether you’re moving or not.
- 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. You’ll see a true representation of your surroundings to find trails, trailheads, clearings for campsites, and more!
- You’ll always stay informed of weather conditions when you pair your GPSMAP 66 series device via Bluetooth to a compatible smartphone.
- GPSMAP 66s and GPSMAP 66st devices make it easier than ever to enjoy your geocaching experience. Set it to automatically update with all the latest caches from Geocaching Live.
- Even when you’re offline and have no cell service, the GPSMAP 66s pairs with the Garmin Explore mobile app to let you plan, review, and sync data.
- The GPSMAP 66s offers up to 16 hours of battery life in GPS mode and 1 week in expedition mode (with 2 AA batteries). 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.
The GPSMAP 66st has everything the 66s has plus it comes preloaded with TOPO U.S. and Canada maps. See every hill and valley in hyper detail—including terrain contours, topographic elevations, summits, parks, coastlines, rivers, lakes and geographical points.
The GPSMAP 66sr model adds multi-band frequency support—or expanded GNSS support. Use multiple frequencies sent by navigation satellites which enables improved user position accuracy, specifically in areas where GNSS signals are reflected, weak, or typically do not penetrate. This is superior accuracy previously only available to the military.
The GPSMAP 66i pairs the capabilities of a GPS hiking handheld with a satellite communicator, using Garmin's inReach Technology. With the 66i you'll get two-way messaging, interactive SOS alerts, location sharing, inReach weather, and more—even when you're beyond cell towers!