Garmin’s GPSMAP 66i Finally Combines Pathfinding & Communication

There’s no denying that Garmin has solidified themselves in the outdoor industry as the top option when it comes to GPS navigation. But there’s always been one nagging problem with their handheld GPSMAP lineup: users needed a secondary inReach device if they wanted the ability to utilize satellite communication. The navigational brand has just fixed that issue, however, with their new GPSMAP 66i.

Available exclusively at REI, the fabled outdoor retailer, this handheld device has a long list of handy features that make it one of the best off-grid pathfinders of all time. That includes preloaded topographical maps with direct-to-device BirdsEye satellite imagery, multiple Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) support, up to 200 hours of battery life, and an ultra-rugged weatherproof construction. On top of that, the 66i also boasts an interactive SOS function with two-way messaging, Iridium satellite network connectivity (which covers 100% of the globe), active weather forecasting, live geocaching, and access to GEOS 24/7 emergency response teams. It can even pair with your mobile device as an alternative access option. Get one for your next adventure now for $600.

Purchase: $600