Garmin does it again with a handheld GPS navigational device made to withstand the adventures of even the most rugged outdoorsman. Its GPSMAP 62s packs a ton of features into a unit that weighs less than 10 ounces and costs just over $370.
Most experts agree that there are some basic features that every handheld GPS unit should have. A crucial one is the external antenna, which does not require a level position for accurate readings or clear space for a good signal. With an external antenna, the handheld can be used just as well in the city or the woods as in the open field. Another important aspect is an internal memory in conjunction with an external memory. The GPSMAP 62s comes with 1.7 GB of internal memory for downloading maps and charts. In fact, the internal memory allows the user to store 2,000 specific locations or waypoints and 200 different routes with a 10,000 point track log. However, the unit also comes with a microSD card slot for programming in topographical maps, marine routes, and other navigational tools. A good outdoor GPS unit should also contain a digital compass and be made to withstand the environment, whether it be hot and dry or cold and wet.
Garmin takes its handheld up a notch by providing a GPS unit that can run for up to 20 hours on just two AA batteries. The transreflective color screen conserves on power and is more than 2.5 inches. It can be seen day or night, in sunlight or no light. The push-button interface can be operated with one hand, using just eight buttons and a directional pad. Baked into the unit itself is a barometric altimeter that gives the most accurate readings for land elevation. The GPSMAP 62s can also be used with other downloadable apps for turn by turn navigation in the city or for scanning paper maps.
As if that weren’t enough, Garmin goes even further by adding tide tables for sea adventures, a hunting and fishing calendar for the most avid sportsman, and paperless geocaching along with other games and activities for even more outdoor escapades. The amazing features of the GPSMAP 62s can make an explorer of even the most committed couch potato.