Garmin GPSMAP 66s

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Garmin GPSMAP 66s

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Description

Outdoor GPS Shop – The expert’s view

The Garmin GPSMAP 66s is currently the best button GPS unit from Garmin.

Launched in late 2018 it took the GPS world by storm, as it was the first button GPS unit to have the same size screen as the Garmin Oregon range.

It is currently the only Garmin GPS unit to work alongside the Garmin Explore app, which, going forward, will be the way things are progressing.

Too many features to list but it has everything you could ever ask for.

With this end of the market you really should be putting Ordnance Survey maps on this GPS so please choose the 1:50k or 1:25k mapping option.

The best four-season GPS unit from Garmin, by a long way.

Premium GPS Handheld with BirdsEye Satellite Imagery Subscription

  • Large, 3″ sunlight-readable colour display for easy viewing
  • Multiple Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) support to track your travels in more challenging environments than GPS alone, plus three-axis compass and barometric altimeter
  • Access to BirdsEye satellite imagery with direct-to-device downloads and no annual subscription
  • Expanded wireless connectivity supports Active Weather for up-to-date forecasts and animated weather radar, and Geocaching Live for mobile syncing and updates
  • Compatible with Garmin Explore™ website and app to help you manage tracks, routes and waypoints, and review statistics from the field
  • LED flashlight function plus up to 16 hours of battery life in GPS mode and 1 week in expedition mode for fewer charges

Navigate your next outdoor adventure with the GPSMAP 66 series. Whether you’re hiking, mountain biking, climbing, geocaching, kayaking or working in outdoor environments, you can explore more with this iconic rugged handheld with a 3″ colour display. It offers a new quality of positioning with Quad-Helix antenna performance and multi-satellite support as well as wireless connectivity for Active Weather, direct downloads and Garmin Explore compatibility.

Get your Bearings

In addition to multi-GNSS support, the GPSMAP 66 series provides ABC (altimeter, barometer and compass) sensor capabilities to track your journey. The built-in altimeter provides elevation data to accurately monitor ascent and descent, while the barometer can be used to predict weather changes by showing short-term trends in air pressure. The three-axis electronic compass keeps your bearing whether you’re moving or not.

See Where You’re Headed

Get a better picture of your location with high-resolution photo-realistic views of your route, thanks to direct-to-device downloads of BirdsEye satellite imagery — without an annual subscription. You’ll see a true representation of your surroundings to find trails, trailheads and clearings for campsites, to find parks and parking for geocaching, and even to create waypoints based on landmarks.

Stay Tuned to Conditions

You’ll always stay informed of weather conditions when you pair your GPSMAP 66 series device via Bluetooth® to a compatible smartphone. Receive Active Weather updates for real-time forecast information, including predictive maps for temperature, wind, precipitation and clouds. It also provides live weather radar so you’re aware of inclement weather that can affect your outdoor adventures.

Find Your Cache

GPSMAP 66s and GPSMAP 66st devices make it easier than ever to enjoy your geocaching experience. Set it to automatically update with all the latest caches from Geocaching Live, including cache descriptions, logs and hints. With a Wi-Fi® connection or through Garmin Connect™ on a compatible smartphone, you’ll avoid manually entering coordinates or printing out cache details on paper — and each find will automatically upload to your Geocaching.com profile.

Explore With Garmin

Even when you’re offline and have no mobile connection, the GPSMAP 66 series pairs with the Garmin Explore mobile app to let you plan, review and sync data, including waypoints, routes and tracks. Plus, you can review completed activities while still in the field, even when you’re off the grid. Once you’re home again, plan for future trips and review previous activities from the Garmin Explore website.

Utility in Adverse Environments

Be prepared for the most extreme adventures. The GPSMAP 66 series offers up to 16 hours of battery life in GPS standard mode and 1 week in expedition mode (with two AA batteries) for fewer charges. It provides an LED flashlight and SOS beacon that can be used to signal for help. It’s built to military standards for thermal, shock and water performance (MIL-STD-810G), and it’s even compatible with night vision goggles.

Additional information

Colour

Black

Brand

Garmin

Options

GPS unit only, With Birdseye Voucher (25,000 sq km of 1:25k maps), With TOPO Great Britain PRO 1:50k, With TOPO Great Britain PRO 1:25k

Specs

PHYSICAL DIMENSIONS 6.2 x 16.3 x 3.5 cm
DISPLAY SIZE 3.8 x 6.3 cm; 3″ diagonal
DISPLAY RESOLUTION 240 x 400 pixels
DISPLAY TYPE Transflective colour TFT
WEIGHT 230g with batteries
BATTERY 2 AA batteries (not included); NiMH or Lithium recommended
WATER RATING IPX7
MEMORY/HISTORY 16 GB
HIGH-SENSITIVITY RECEIVER green tick
INTERFACE High-speed USB and NMEA 0183 compatible

Maps & memory

PRELOADED MAPS Basemap only
ABILITY TO ADD MAPS green tick
BASEMAP green tick
STORAGE AND POWER CAPACITY microSD™ card (not included)
WAYPOINTS/FAVOURITES/LOCATIONS 10,000
ROUTES Routes: 250
TRACK LOG 20,000 points, 250 saved gpx tracks, 300 saved fit activities

Sensors

BAROMETRIC ALTIMETER green tick
COMPASS Yes (tilt-compensated 3-axis)

Outdoor recreation features

AREA CALCULATION green tick
AUTOMATIC ROUTING (TURN BY TURN ROUTING ON ROADS) Yes (with optional mapping for detailed roads)
GEOCACHING-FRIENDLY Yes (paperless)
CUSTOM MAPS COMPATIBLE green tick
HUNT/FISH CALENDAR green tick
SUN AND MOON INFORMATION green tick
CAMERA No
PICTURE VIEWER green tick

Garmin Connect™

GARMIN CONNECT™ COMPATIBLE (ONLINE COMMUNITY WHERE YOU ANALYSE, CATEGORISE AND SHARE DATA)  

Additional

ADDITIONAL
  • Garmin Explore compatible: Yes
  • Garmin Connect IQ compatible: Yes
  • Wireless compatible: Yes (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and ANT+)
  • Map segments: 15,000
  • Active weather: Yes
  • Smart Notifications: Yes
  • Live Tracking: Yes (with) Garmin Connect Mobile
  • BirdsEye direct to device: Yes (no annual subscription required)
  • MIL STD 810G ruggedness for thermal, shock and water performance

FAQs

1. Does this unit come with batteries?

No, but it just requires x2 AA batteries. We would recommend some good quality rechargeable batteries, as it will use a set every day.

2. What is the difference between the GPSMap 66s and the GPSMap 66st?

The GPSMap 66st comes pre-loaded with Garmin’s TopoActive European maps.

3. What are each of the map options available with this unit?

 –              GPS Unit Only

The map page will be blank on this unit unless you put a map card in the unit, or you download some mapping using a Birdseye Plus voucher.

If you already have an Ordnance Survey map card (micro SD) from another Garmin GPS, you could put it in this unit.

–              With Birdseye PLUS Voucher (25,000 sq km of 1:25k maps)

You activate the map credit against your Garmin account and then once you have this map credit in place you have one year to download your 25,000 sq km of 1:25k maps.

25,000 sq km is larger than the size of Wales and the area you choose can be split (i.e. you can choose areas from all over Great Britain).

Don’t worry, if you buy the unit from Outdoor GPS Shop you will get a step by step guide of how to download this mapping.

–              With TOPO Great Britain Pro 1:50k

This is full GB at 1:50k mapping on a map card, which sits in the back of the GPS unit.

The TOPO PRO means that it is the latest map card from Garmin, giving you off road turn by turn routing within the National Parks, this means you can select a location many miles ahead and the GPS will route you via the footpaths to get to that location (like a car sat nav does).

Outside National Parks the GPS will navigate you in a straight line from waypoint to waypoint.

Don’t worry, here at the Outdoor GPS Shop we set the unit up for you so you can easily use these features and we even include a quick start guide so you can quickly get up and running with your GPS unit.

–              With TOPO Great Britain Pro 1:25k

This is full GB at 1:50k, 1:50k and 1:250k mapping on a map card, which sits in the back of the GPS unit. As you zoom in and out you pass through each of these three map sets.

The TOPO PRO means that it is the latest map card from Garmin, giving you off road turn by turn routing within the National Parks, this means you can select a location many miles ahead and the GPS will route you via the footpaths to get to that location (like a car sat nav does).

Outside National Parks the GPS will navigate you in a straight line from waypoint to waypoint.

Don’t worry, here at the Outdoor GPS Shop we set the unit up for you so you can easily use these features and we even include a quick start guide so you can quickly get up and running with your GPS unit.

Only From Us

  • Unit set up by one of the Outdoor GPS Shop team.
  • Receive the Outdoor GPS Shop quick start guide, unit specific. Written in-house for you by one of the Outdoor GPS Shop team. 

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Delivery

This product is posted out using Royal Mail Special delivery which is guaranteed next working day delivery (before 13.00). 

Any order placed online before 11.30 am will be despatched the same working day.

In the box

  • GPSMAP 66s
  • Access to Birdseye satellite imagery
  • USB cable
  • Carabiner clip
  • Documentation

11 reviews for Garmin GPSMAP 66s

  1. 5 out of 5

    Simon Brown

    Had the GPSMAP66s for about a year nor, upgraded from my previous 64s.

    Really like the larger clearer screen and also the connectivity to my smartphone so i can bury that away in the bottom of my rucksack on a wet day and get all the phone notifications on my GPS screen.

    Great unit.

  2. 5 out of 5

    David Jeans

    Excellent! Still have a lot to learn but so far I am very impressed with quality and build of the unit and Although not being very technically minded I have found it quite easy to master the basics

    Was not to sure about purchasing online but am so glad I did.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Banks

    Excellent unit. Improvement from my previos unit the Garmin GPSMAP 62S. Bigger screen. Easier menu enabling better access to functions.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Henry Conner

    Had the Garmin 64s to test before I bought this one (66s) I am very satisfied with it. Very good satellite connection and that even in the hpuse without interruptions. What the predecessor, unfortunately, did not succeed. Very suitable for geocaching and hiking. Geocaching app is already integrated in the device, which allows you to select everything. Routes can be transferred via Bluetooth to the device as a GPX file (Android), as well as via PC. Synchronisation of routes, or tracks also works very well. Use Garmin’s own software for this. Personally use the device for hiking and geocaching. During hiking it was important to me that the route is recorded and that you can archive it on the PC with all important information such as time, miles and altitude difference.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ashley B. (verified owner)

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    First class service

  6. 5 out of 5

    Antonio (verified owner)

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  7. 5 out of 5

    Antonio Capponi (verified owner)

    I did try the unit few times now, hiking in the Lake District. It did work without any problems, with the display really clearly readable under sunny conditions. GPS accuracy was always around 2 m, and full signal. Operations on this unit are not straightforward as there are plenty of functions or options. It is a complex unit after all, but it’s easy to start with and the more you use it the more you get acquaintance with the functions. The software (v 4.2) seems stable, i did not have any reboot or sudden shut downs, as often happened with previous software versions from what i read. Battery, for my experience, lasts around 12 hours using eneloop 1900. So I guess with the eneloop PRO 2500 you can get close to the declared 16h. I am using only Open Street Maps, and for now i had no problems at all. The paths I did were well mapped, shops/POI all present, and position was accurate, both in the Lakes and around my area (Lancashire). I miss the “beauty” of the Ordnance Survey, and the more detailed geological features in there. But I also feel I can save the money, especially if you are considering the 1:25k, and go and support the Open source community (as long as you bring a paper map with you as well for safety). Operations via buttons is easy, and I don’t miss touch operations, although I must say buttons often have a squeaking sound while pressing them (at least on my unit). Overall, very satisfied, and looking forward to use the unit at its full potential.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Celia (verified owner)

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    Fantastic GPS even receive email notifications whilst geocaching, has as good features as our other GPS oregon 700

  9. 5 out of 5

    Anonymous (verified owner)

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  10. 4 out of 5

    Matty Bowman (verified owner)

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    Probably my poor eyesight everything looks smaller these days

  11. 5 out of 5

    Garry Doolan (verified owner)

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    Can’t believe it came already set up. Top class service.


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