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Garmin GPSMAP 66ST: first impressions…

I bought my first GPSMAP 62ST back in 2012. For six years, he faithfully accompanied me on hunting and fishing trips. Despite the frequent fall in the mud, water, and even the use of the Navigator as a means of fighting wild dogs (I’ll tell you about it another time) – it continues to work and does not ask for rest. However, I wanted to update the “Park” of devices, and my father, a fan of mushrooms and berries, has long looked at it.

Since I didn’t find any good reviews on the model in the network, I decided to make my own.

Fishermen, hunters and tourists-fly in!

Just note that the device is not very rich, but it is sufficient to turn on the device and start working with it. Of course, someone will say that for this price it would not hurt to add batteries and a memory card. But! Personally, I believe that the lack of batteries is not a bug, but a kind of feature. As a rule, those who buy the 66th got models of previous generations and they have no questions with batteries. Also, nothing prevents you from using ordinary finger batteries in the device. It seems to me that during a long hike, it is the batteries, not the batteries, that will make up the main part of the Navigator’s energy supply.

REMEMBER! That the batteries should be disposed of, not discarded. Take care of nature!

Delivery set:

Garmin GPSMAP 66ST Navigator
Quick start guide in Russian
Quick start guide in English.
Lifetime subscription to BirdsEye satellite images.
Carabiner for attaching to the belt or to the loops of the backpack / belt.
MiniUSB-USB cable
Brief functionality of the device that I took from the manufacturer’s website:

Large 3″ color display with excellent image quality in sunlight for easy viewing of information
Support for multiple global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) to track your travels in more difficult conditions than using a single GPS system; three-axis compass and barometric altimeter
Access to BirdsEye satellite images with direct download to your device without an annual subscription
Enhanced wireless connectivity to support “Active Weather” with up-to-date forecasts and animated weather radar, as well as “Geocaching Live” for mobile syncing and updates
Compatible with the Garmin Explore™ website and app for working with tracks, routes, and waypoints, as well as viewing statistics
Led flashlight; battery charge is enough for 16 hours of operation in GPS mode and 1 week in economy mode
The charging connector is hidden under a rubber plug. I haven’t tested for moisture and dirt resistance yet, but I think GPSMAP 66ST will stand it with a Bang.

I was pleased with the battery compartment closing system. Already familiar on the 62nd model, the rotary “key” moved to the 66th and remained just as reliable and simple.

When the compartment cover is removed, you see a picture that is already familiar to owners of previous models. However, the memory card slot was turned in the other direction (compared to 62ST).

As I wrote earlier — batteries are not included in the delivery package. I took the usual batteries, of which there are a couple of packages at home.

When you turn on the device for the first time, it prompts you to select a language. I admit honestly that I was flipping through the pages of the” Russian ” for a long time. Apparently, the device is made under one firmware for the whole world. This is probably due to the fact that Garmin GPSMAP 66ST can be used all over the world. I think that on my next trip to Israel, I will definitely check it out in the Negev desert.

I chose the language and voila-the device immediately starts searching for me (myself) on the map.

Since my review is unboxing, I will not tell you the device’s characteristics, or show its menu in detail. I note that the screen is readable and its backlight is sufficient in the daytime, and even more so at night. High contrast of the screen is achieved thanks to a mirror substrate that reflects light. I also did not find any suspensions. Smart, simple, and most importantly — clear! The logic of the device is built in such a way that even my friend, who is far from such things, understood the device in less than 5 minutes.

The carbine moved from previous models and remained as strong and reliable. The materials also do not cause complaints. The plastic is solid; the sling is neatly stitched; the carabiner is reliable and easy to handle.

All this fits snugly on the back cover of the Navigator.

Let’s sum up the results of the first acquaintance with the device.

Navigator pleases with the quality of materials and Assembly! First impressions indicate that:

The weight is slightly too much (in the fight against wild dogs, this is an advantage).
Garmin GPSMAP 66ST has a large size, but it is not so critical.
The buttons are elastic and have a clear stroke.
The miniUSB port is well hidden behind a high-quality rubber plug.
Nothing slows down or glitches even at high detail.
Quick cold start in the city.
P.S. the Snow has already fallen, which means that very soon I, along with friends who are engaged in orienteering, will experience the Garmin GPMAP 66ST in the field!

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