I recently purchased a Garmin GPSMAP 64st, which is my first handheld navigation device. I wanted a single, handheld device to address all of my activities that include driving, off-road motorcycle and bicycle, hiking and boating (mostly inshore kayak fishing). I wanted military grade ruggedness and both water and saltwater proof. Devices like some cell phone options say they’re waterproof which does not mean that they’re “saltwater" proof. I need both.
Bass Pro has it on sale for $229.95. I paid $289…then I had to buy more maps and chip.
You give up a lot of features with a hand-held like screen touch and keyboards, but the navigation is pretty much all there. At a recent rally I was able to sit down with a Montana user and compare functions. It was all there from a navigation perspective.
The device came with global and topical maps, perfect for the offroad stuff. For on road and all the Garmin Waypoints I needed to buy and download City Navigator. The City Navigator gives you the turn by turn navigation and the Garmin waypoints library (like camping, restaurants, parks, etc. etc.). For the offshore I need to buy the marine map called Bluechart g2 Marine Navigation Maps. I did try and use it without marine maps but it really does need the maps and charts. It looks like that’s going to be $150 price tag unless I can get just regional maps.
I only got it a couple months ago but have been using it quite a bit. I got to use it at the beginning of April at a 3 day dual sport rally in Tennessee…it really did great. You get used to that 2.6” screen.
Ram has a very good cradle for it and I got one for motorcycle use and another to move between my bicycle and kayak.
So far it’s working out pretty good.
I was kind of hoping for the functions of my SPOT Messenger built into the handheld. Didn’t get it in the GPSMAP, but Garmin did have a device that provided it called inReach Explorer. It’s essentially the Delorme model who Garmin apparently recently purchased. I discounted that product immediately because they haven’t yet changed the maps and navigation over to Garmin and maps and navigation are not Delorme sweet spots imo. If they shift over to the Garmin software, I may go back and look at it again. Also, it’s currently $450 compared to the GPSMAP 64st that I see is currently on sale at Bass Pro for $230.