• Garmin GPSMAP 66i GPS & Satellite Communicator

You’ll never get lost with this contraption by your side

Planning your next trip to that secret hiking spot you’ve known for ages should include just the likes of water and food. Sure, they’re important too, but do you know what is equally significant? Not getting lost, not getting injured, and essentially, not getting killed. In other words, coming home in one piece should be the numero uno concern here. For that, you’ll need a good GPS communicator, so Garmin though to make one. It’s called GPSMAP 66i and here’s everything you need to know about it.

First of all, what is a GPS & satellite communicator?

Garmin GPSMAP 66i GPS & Satellite Communicator
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A GPS and satellite communicator is kind of like a phone, but not really one, for a simple reason. It doesn’t connect to a terrestrial cell to get its signal, but instead taps into the GPS (Global Positioning System) network of satellites to pinpoint your position. Moreover, it connects to another network of satellites to allow the user to send and receive text messages.

OK, tell me more about Garmin’s GPSMAP 66i

Garmin’s GPSMAP 66i is improved in the sense that it offers the GPSMAP 66 navigation capabilities with the company’s inReach satellite communication. Garmin says that in doing that, it listened to customer demands. But that’s not all with the GPSMAP 66i. It also offers two-way messaging, a non-stop, 24/7 SOS function as well as a 3-inch color display that’s easy to read even under direct sunlight.

Other than those features, GPSMAP 66i offers location tracking - this comes in handy when you’re venturing deeper off the grid - and the ability to contact any cell phone number, email address, and inReach device by connecting to the Iridium satellite network. You can even get people to follow your progress via LiveTrack, allowing them to see your location at any time.

Coming back to the SOS feature, you should know it contacts the GEOS 24/7 emergency response team. When needed, GEOS will respond and track your device, get in touch with other emergency responders, and keep a steady communication platform between all the parties involved until the situation is resolved.

Garmin GPSMAP 66i GPS & Satellite Communicator
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The coolest thing, however, is that you can see high-res, photo-like views of your route. This comes in handy when you’re looking for particular POIs, like parks, camping sites, or hunting refugees. Garmin also says their GPSMAP 66i communicator abides by the US Military standard 810G for shock. It is also water resistant (up to 1 meter deep) and you get as much as 35 hours of battery life with 10 minute tracking and up to 200 hours in Expedition mode with 30-minute tracking intervals.

Garmin’s GPSMAP 66i is available to order for $599.99. If you’re not sure about it yet, then you can get the GPSMAP 66st communicator off Amazon for $448.96.

Garmin GPSMAP 66i specs

Preloaded map Topo
Basemap Yes
Wireless communication Yes
OS compatibility Windows, Mac
Display size 3 inches
Screen pixels 240 x 400
Number of routes 250
Number of waypoints 10,000
Internal memory 16 Gb
Altimeter Pressure based
Quad Helix Antenna Yes
Position accuracy 3 meters
Battery type Lithium ion
Battery life up to 35 hours
Dimensions 6.4 x 2.6 x 1.4 inches
Water-resistance rating IPX7
Weight 8.5 ounces
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