During my travels I will need a way of keeping track of where I am when I find myself geographically misplaced on the paper maps (Yes I do tend to get lost.. but it adds to the adventure.. assuming of course I’m not lost in the Simpson Desert!). I’ve chosen the Garmin GPSMAP 62S as my companion. Combined with a marine mount and vehicle power cable the unit becomes a decent vehicle navigator. Best of all I can unclip it from the mount and take it hiking with me or even out on the kayak as the unit is waterproof.
The GPS supports installed maps by internal storage or microSD card. I’m still deciding on which mapping software to purchase. Some can be installed on both a laptop and the GPS meaning I can track my progress and plan trips on a big screen.
The trip computer is extremely useful for keeping an accurate track of kilometres travelled and my speed. Turns out my odometer is not the most accurate after a long drive.
The 62s runs off a 12v power source or a pair of AA batteries, meaning a spare set are always on hand. It also has a built-in 3-axis tilt-compensated electronic compass and barometric altimeter.
I’m pretty happy with this unit. It took a little while to learn the menu system, but I’ve got it figured out now.
More info on this model can be found at the: Garmin Website.