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Best Garmin Handheld GPS in 2017

I was lucky that I spent a lot of time on GPS devices in my hand for work and entertainment. Sometimes it's at an exhibition helping a customer choose a new GPS or maybe help them with their current GPS, which they brought for us to download maps. In the fall you will find me far from the office with GPS in hand, while wandering through the mountains and valleys of Montana. Over the years, I've come up with a list of my favorite over-the-counter, precise GPS devices that Garmin provides. Read on and look at the GPS comparison below - to determine which GPS device is best for your hunting, fishing and other outdoor adventures that you like.

Here is a list of the Best Garmin Handheld GPS in 2017

Below is a list of My Top 5 Best Garmin Handheld GPS for 2017

 1.  Garmin eTrex20 - the easiest GPS device

Rating: 4.0 / 5.0

Being the cheapest version of Garmin, this entry-level GPS navigator has been very popular. This GPS module is inexpensive, lightweight, uses a small juice for batteries and fits easily into your pocket or is packaged during the day on the hills. The newest model in this line, eTrex 20, replaces the old etrex / vista models a few years ago. If you want GPS with buttons and do not want to interact with the touch screen, this is one of two options that you have.

I found that this model is the hardest to learn, since all menu options work through 2-3 buttons, and you need to practice to familiarize yourself with operations such as creating waypoints. Our vice-president explains: "I like how easy and inexpensive the device is, it's an excellent GPS module for people who simply fall into the technology of GPS-cards." If you take the time to study the eTrex 20, it will reward you with a 25-hour continuous battery life, a bright screen and a light load for your pocket book and packaging.

Garmin eTrex20 Video Review

 2.  Garmin GPSMAP 64s - the most convenient GPS-device

Rating: 4.4 / 5.0

The 64th is the latest replacement for one of the most popular Garmin models - the GPSMAP 60 version. It was a GPS model that appeared from the ground on the same day. I have many pleasant memories of days in the field with my 60csx, and the new GPSMAP 64s took its place flawlessly. With an incredibly easy-to-use menu and a bright screen, the 64's have become a very popular model.

Our founder tells about this GPS device: "I like battery life and the ability to use with a GPS device with gloves." Weighing at 8.1 ounces is slightly heavier than the Oregon 600, but usually has a better battery life, although its performance says 16 hours. If you want GPS to have physical buttons instead of a touch screen, then this is your only choice, in addition to eTrex 20. It also comes with an absurd amount of internal memory of 4.0 GB. The 64th is a GPS module if you do not want to use the touch screen.

Garmin GPSMAP 64s Video Review

 3.  Garmin Oregon 600 - the most popular GPS device

Rating: 4.0 / 5.0

The second largest screen size is 3.75 square meters. Inches, and Oregon 600 is another block recommended for use. The new screen has a reflective display technology that provides a bright and readable screen even in direct sunlight, which was one of the main disadvantages of the old Oregon 450 models. This GPS is very smooth and thin and comes in 7.4 ounces. I found that it easily fits into most coats and trouser pockets. Through personal testing, I found that the battery life is less than the specified 16 hours, so do not forget to bring extra batteries.

In general, the battery life can vary from GPS to GPS even for the same models, so try to get a good indication of how quickly your unit uses the battery so you can prepare in advance for what you need. Oregon 600 GPS also has a touch screen with easy-to-use navigation. This model supports gloves, but I found it a little cumbersome and it's difficult to select a point on the screen, so in most cases gloves must come off to use it, which can become a fall in cold weather. In general, this is one of the most popular devices Garmins and has a good balance of weight, screen size and cost.

Garmin Oregon 600 Video Review

 4.  Garmin Montana 600 - the biggest screen of a GPS device

Rating: 4.3 / 5.0

Now it's time for my favorite unit. It can be great, and it can be expensive, but on the eyes it's easy. This was the only unit that I was considering when I bought a new GPS for my father last year. The combination of size (difficult to prevent) and a large screen measuring 7 square inches (easy on old eyes) made it an ideal combination for him. An easy-to-use touch screen menu and interface was easy for him to pick up a quick 5-minute tutorial from me. Basically you can move forward or backward on each screen, though the buttons / arrows. So just read the settings on each screen and go to what you want. A large screen makes it easy to see maps and use GPS.

Like all GPS devices, the more you train on the couch, the more you will use it in the field. If you are so inclined, you can also get navigation maps from Garmin and install the Montana 600 in your car for everyday navigation around the city. With the second largest memory of 3.0 GB, this unit is the second heaviest at 10.2 ounces, only the Rino is heavier. Another nice feature is a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which saves when you buy batteries. However, when you go out for a long stay, you can grab several dual AA batteries, since the Montana 600 can just as easily run on 3 AA straight from the box.

 5.  Garmin Rino 650 - the most communicative GPS module

Rating: 4.2 / 5.0

If you are looking at the Rino 650, you just need to ask yourself one question: do you want GPS with built-in radio? What is this radio you ask? Well, three main things. First it allows you to use the GPS device as a walkie-talkie, you can easily communicate with other members of your group who have a radio. If you are in the zone of action, this is a big question. The quoted range is up to 20 miles, but we all know that it is in ideal conditions. Alaska along the coast, we regularly received 5-8 miles; On sheep hunting in MT in a steep break of the country, it was more like 1-3 miles at times. However, it is a good function to have legal and ethical techniques in the field.

Secondly, you can send text messages from a unit to a unit to other units of Rino. This is a nice quiet tool for communicating with your party and sending messages back and forth. Finally, the third function, and one of the most enjoyable, is the ability to ping your location to another Rino so that your friend or family member can see your location on your map. Our operations manager found this very valuable for a number of reasons, both for hunting and for safety: "I like to know the location of my son when we both hunt."

Garmin Rino 650 Video Review

Of course, with all these features, the price is very good and the screen size of only 3 square inches is not enough. This GPS also works on a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, but if you want to use AA batteries, you need to purchase an additional battery adapter that will cost another $ 30. It has the same easy-to-use touch screen and menu options as other GPS devices - something that Garmin really did spend in recent years.


All these devices are compatible with the HUNT chip, and all of them will work perfectly with our cards. The key is to go out and play with your GPS and maps; This is no longer a tool to return to your truck or search for your camp. It will become your gadgets, and you can not leave home. Especially when you realize the value of having a land property card. Connect your HUNT Chip and make a round-the-world trip, and you will quickly learn how to improve the GPS-navigator Garmin, and how much valuable information that we provide will be for you.

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