Garmin releases three new handheld GPS devices for 2023
Improved positioning, satellite option, and longer battery life
Last year I had the opportunity to test out a Garmin inReach Mini 2 that is perfect for trail running, hiking, fly fishing in mountain lakes, and staying in touch outside of cellular range. Garmin also makes GPS devices with larger displays to help you accurately navigate in regions where you may not have a path to follow.
Two new GPSMAP devices and a new eTrex SE were released last week, just in time for getting back outside as the snow melts and the sun starts to shine brightly. The GPSMAP 67 Series provides five times the battery life of the previous models.
Dan Bartel, Garmin Vice President of Global Consumer Sales, stated the following:
Whether you’re on an afternoon hike or climbing a mountain on an extended expedition, the eTrex SE and GPSMAP 67 offer adventure seekers the perfect navigation companion and peace of mind of having Garmin’s proven GPS technology. For those who prefer global communication and SOS capabilities, the GPSMAP 67i with inReach technology provides communication through the 100% global Iridium satellite network. We’re also excited about the improvements in battery life as well as the superior GPS technology that gives you all the information you need, including Active Weather, smart notifications, and more2 when exploring off-the-grid locations.
Garmin GPSMAP 67 and 67i
These two new GPSMAP 67 Series devices provide a large three-inch color display in a button-operated handheld built to withstand the elements and rigors of the outdoors. Preloaded TopoActive maps from Garmin are provided with new support for the Outdoor Maps+ subscription, which was previously limited to Garmin’s Montana 700 Series.
The Outdoor Maps+ subscription is only $49.99 per year and provides an amazing level of detail for all 50 US States with state plat maps, public land maps, hunting units, freshwater features, and more. If you enjoy hunting, fishing, hiking, and other outdoor adventures then these maps are a great addition to your GPS handheld device.
The GPSMAP 67 is priced at $499.99 while the GPSMAP 67i is $100 more at $599.99. The GPSMAP67i includes support for Garmin’s inReach satellite technology.
The GPSMAP 67 provides up to 180 hours of active GPS tracking and 840 hours in expedition mode with less frequent positioning. The GPSMAP 67i provides up to 165 hours in GPS mode and 425 hours in expedition mode. GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and QZSS satellite navigation systems are supported with multi-band accuracy.
One of the things I love about the Garmin Enduro 2 is the integrated LED flashlight and you can find this same feature in these handhelds. These handhelds also connect to your smartphone with the Garmin Explore app and website to help you plan and review your trek.
With the Garmin inReach technology, the GPSMAP 67i also supports two-way text messaging, location sharing, and interactive SOS alerts. In addition to connecting to the Garmin Explore app, you can also connect this device to the Garmin Messenger app on your smartphone to more easily enter messages to send to your contacts. This is the first Garmin inReach device with multi-band technology.
Garmin eTrex SE
Garmin also released the eTrex SE as an entry-level GPS handheld device. It is available now for just $149.99 and provides up to 168 hours of GPS tracking and 1,800 hours of support in expedition mode. It is powered by two AA batteries so you can carry spares and ensure it provides support for your long adventures.
The eTrex SE has a 2.2-inch high-contrast display with that same high IPx7 water resistant rating. GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou, and QZSS satellite navigation system support is provided.
Through a connection with the Garmin Explore app, you can set up your planned route, track you position, check the weather, and more.
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