No handheld GPS units have received more love over the last few years than Garmin's 62 series. They had a good run but it's time to introduce their replacement... The new 64st is basically the 62st on steroids.
Double the waypoints and internal memory, add Glonass, Smart notifications, Birdseye Satellite Imagery and live tracking and you have the next evolutionary step in rugged handheld GPS.
Ultimate Work GPS
Ultimately Garmin knows the 64st will be used by thousands of outdoor professionals. They had this in mind when they built it. The 64st is waterproof, rugged and has the same great user interface that has made them by far the most popular handheld GPS brand for the working man (or woman). Many people that use Garmin handhelds do so in less than ideal circumstances. With the addition of the GLONASS compatibility this will be much less of an issue. With double the satellites to lock onto you will get a position faster and stay locked on even in thick tree cover or mountainous areas. The 64st comes preloaded with Topo Canada preloaded, so it is ready for action right out of the box.
Isn't it annoying when you replace an electronic device and all the accessories you bought are now useless and destined to a lifetime in the junk drawer? Garmin made sure that with the 64st you won't have to put up with that again. It uses all the same accessories as the 62 series and even the same RAM cradle.
Where Are You Heading?
As per usual the "s" tagged to the end of the name means sensors aka a 3-axis tilt-compensated electronic compass and barometic altimeter. The compass will tell you which you are facing without moving and without being held level. The barometric altimer doubles your elevation accuracy (when calibrated properly) and can keep a recording of the pressure levels over time so you can pretend to be a meterologist and predict changes in the weather.
Let's face it - in this day and age when we want to share something with our friends, family or coworkers we don't want to have to get a computer and cables involved every time. Just stand within a few meters and send waypoints, tracks, router, or geocaches wirelessly. It is as easy as pressing "send". Search and rescue groups should especially appreciate the wireless transfer function. Time is of the essence for them and taking your GPS back to a computer to download the known search area is an unneeded inconvenince.
That is not all the 64st can do over the air. It can also wirelessly control a VIRB Action Camera, connect to a tempe temperature sensor or pair up with Garmin foot pod and heart rate monitor. Oh wait there's more....
We all know your iPhone® can't survive a day in the 64st's world. So why not keep it safely stored away in your backpack or pocket and let the 64s take over. With Smart Notifiactions your GPS can wirelessly receive texts, emails and alerts from your compatible iPhone® 4s or later. Keep in mind this is completely optional. If you are out in the middle of nowhere and don't want to even think about texting just don't enable it.
GPSMAP 64st comes preloaded with Canadian Topo maps with shaded relief but it is capable of using all of Garmin's various map products. Load up its 4GB of internal memory or throw a microSD card in the chipslot for even more data. There are maps for work and play in the city, the middle of nowhere or on water. Or if you know what you are doing there is nothing stopping you from using your own raster map files as a georeferenced layer with Garmin's Custom Maps. For more information on how to do so, read our blog post.
Many of our customers load their own custom points of interest databases into their GPS units for an unlimited categorized list of locations with name, location and optional comment field. We also offer other datasets, such as the prairie quarter sections or l.s.d. look-up which many of our customers such as RCMP and Manitoba Conservation like to have available.
By combining a quad helix antenna with a GPS and GLONASS receiver, the GPSMAP 64st grabs a position fast and keeps you locked even under thick tree cover. Losing your location will be the last thing on your mind.
Fun Will Be Had Too
Although the 64st is a go-to model for outdoor professionals, it will also excel at all your other fun activities. Garmin has decided to load the 64st up with over a quarter million geocaches so you can start using it right out of the box. Whether you use it for fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, quading or anything else you enjoy doing outdoors - the 64st is all you need.
Same Great Garmin
Dating all the way back to Garmin's model 12, which was released 10+ years ago, Garmin have not made any radical changes to their user interface. When it comes to showing where you are, how you got there and how to get back, the 64st works as great as ever. Hook the 64st up to your computer to transfer waypoints and tracklogs back and forth or load your own custom maps.