New Garmin Overlander.

 

Garmin has announced a new $700 navigation device that includes some offroad features, the Garmin Overlander.

https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/685257

It has a 6" screen, weighs almost a pound (15.4) ounces and has a magnetic mount. It is IPX5 rated for dust. It includes some of the features of the RV devices, has a barometric altimeter, magnetic compass and can pair with Garmin's InReach series. It has 3D terrain, preloaded street and topographic maps, downloadable satellite and USGS Quad Sheets topographic images.

It kind of reminds me of a hybrid of the Garmin road navigation and heldheld devices, but it is too large and heavy and doesn't have the battery life to be used as a handheld.

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NICE

Nice mini-review

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Sounds great for 4-wheeling

Sounds great for 4-wheeling up in the mountains or deep backwoods trails. BUT the price is more than I would shell out for that couple-of-times a year activity.

None of Garmin's Auto devices are made for extended use without connecting to a battery, and the weight is something to consider. So even talking about using this as a handheld is out of the realm of reality.

Magnetic mounting for a bumpy rough off road activity would be risky. You would have to use something more secure than that design.

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I never get lost, but I do explore new territory every now and then.

If

KenSny wrote:

Magnetic mounting for a bumpy rough off road activity would be risky. You would have to use something more secure than that design.

If it's a similar mount as on the DriveSmart 61, I think you'd find it pretty secure. It is one strong magnet.

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Well, maybe, but...

t923347 wrote:
KenSny wrote:

Magnetic mounting for a bumpy rough off road activity would be risky. You would have to use something more secure than that design.

If it's a similar mount as on the DriveSmart 61, I think you'd find it pretty secure. It is one strong magnet.

The Drivesmart 61 is roughly 8.5 oz, where as this unit is almost 16 oz.

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I never get lost, but I do explore new territory every now and then.

New Garmin Overlander

This is an excellent post. It is nice to see that Garmin is still introducing some new devices. Yes, I agree it is over-priced. Yes, I agree it a bit heavy.

This is gives me some hope that a replacement for the Garmin Monterra could happen. Okay, I am not holding my breath on that one, but still hoping anyway.

I've recently started

I've recently started thinking about getting a hiking GPS like one of the GPSMAP 64 or GPSMAP 66 series.

At first glance the Overlander looked like something that could serve as both a handheld/hiking and automotive unit.

But the battery life of the Overlander is a deal breaker for my intended use.

Garmin is really not very good at marketing and explaining the differences among series like GPSMAP, Montana, Oregon and eTrex series. You really have to squint at the specs to understand the differences and intended use.

New Garmin Overlander

I still can't help but think it would be so nice is this would also work as an Android tablet.

@BruceMck

Garmin always have specialized devices for vehicles, hiking, marine and airplane usage. And even in those groups they had sub-groups, that has been different with futures. They seems to depart from creating many models for particular usage in favor of one device packed with futures. This must make price higher, as now sales will not be as high as before. Especially with other navigation options that many people will choose.

Thanks for the Info

Thanks for posting this!