Garmin GPSMap 64s Review

Garmin GPSMAP 64s

Lightweight Handheld GPS with Satellite Imagery

5 / 5

Garmin handheld GPS’s have a reputation for being well built and reliable. The Garmin GPSMAP 64, and previous models, lives up to that reputation and is a must-have for any backcountry hiking expedition or simply to bring along to document travel routes. The GPS is lightweight, the batteries last about 16 hours in the field, and the signal works everywhere!

GPS Signal Everywhere

The Garmin GPSMAP 64 works great high up in the mountains, under the dense trees in the jungle, or in the middle of a large lake. The device has no problem quickly getting a signal in any environment. The Garmin GPS can show satellite imagery or a topographic map of exact position within a few feet. The GPS can be used for identifying a location when in the field or to review a trip after it's over. The accuracy is especially important when using the GPS for Geocaching or in Marine Mode.
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BirdsEye Satellite Imagery

The BirdsEye (Amazon Link) subscription service is a feature that enables users to download satellite imagery directly onto the Garmin GPS. This is one of the best features of the Garmin GPS because it enables users to see aerial coverage, which is extremely helpful to anticipate what is coming up next when hiking in the backcountry or remote areas. The satellite files remain available on the GPS device and in BaseCamp (Garmin Software) even after the subscription expires. Satellite imagery resolution can be downloaded at different levels of detail, including high detail.

Other Great features

The GPS has a built-in marine mode. This is a great feature for fishing that allows for uploading detailed lake maps with depth measurements and reef locations. Other notable features include:

  • Geocaching
  • ANT+ and Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Barometric Altimeter
  • Upload Custom Maps
  • Up to 32 GB microSD

Exporting GPS trips and tracks is easy. The tracks can be viewed and edited in BaseCamp, Google Earth and Google Maps. This is a cool feature because it also plots elevation. Check out our Garmin GPSMAP 64S hikes from Isle Royale National Park, and the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in the links and image below.

GPS map of the Inca Trail

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

Pros:
  • Water Resistant
  • Satellite Imagery
  • Battery Life
Cons:
  • Bulky
  • Screen Scratches
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