Garmin GPSMAP 64st, TOPO U.S. 100K with High-Sensitivity GPS and GLONASS Receiver
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Rugged, Full-featured Handheld with GPS, GLONASS and Wireless Connectivity
- 2.6" sunlight-readable color screen
- High-sensitivity GPS and GLONASS receiver with quad helix antenna
- Preloaded TOPO U.S. 100K maps plus a 1-year BirdsEye Satellite Imagery subscription
- 3-axis compass with barometric altimeter
- Wireless connectivity via Bluetooth® technology¹ or ANT+™
GPSMAP 64st features a 2.6” sunlight-readable color screen and a high-sensitivity GPS and GLONASS receiver with a quad helix antenna for superior reception. GPSMAP 64st includes a 3-axis electronic compass with barometric altimeter, wireless connectivity, and preloaded TOPO U.S. 100K maps plus a 1-year BirdsEye Satellite Imagery subscription.
Explore the Terrain
GPSMAP 64st comes with a worldwide basemap with shaded relief and is preloaded with TOPO 100K, which includes coverage of the full U.S., including Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Plus it includes a 1-year BirdsEye Satellite Imagery subscription — all the tools for serious climbing or hiking. Map detail includes national, state and local parks and forests, along with terrain contours, elevation information, trails, rivers, lakes and points of interest.
Get Your Bearings
GPSMAP 64st has a built-in 3-axis tilt-compensated electronic compass, which shows your heading even when you’re standing still, without holding it level. Its barometric altimeter tracks changes in pressure to pinpoint your precise altitude, and you can even use it to plot barometric pressure over time, which can help you keep an eye on changing weather conditions.
Share your waypoints, tracks, routes and geocaches wirelessly with other compatible devices. Your friends can enjoy your favorite hike or cache without waiting for you to plug in to your computer — simply press “send” to transfer your information to another Garmin handheld.
GPSMAP 64st also connects to compatible Garmin devices, including VIRB™ and accessory sensors, including tempe™, foot pod and heart rate monitor.
With Smart Notification you can wirelessly receive email, texts and alerts from your compatible iPhone® 4s or later. Stay connected without having to dig into your backpack for your smartphone.
Keep Your Fix
With its quad helix antenna and high-sensitivity, GPS and GLONASS, receiver, GPSMAP 64st locates your position quickly and precisely and maintains its location even in heavy cover and deep canyons. The advantage is clear — whether you’re in deep woods or just near tall buildings and trees, you can count on GPSMAP 64st to help you find your way when you need it the most.
GPSMAP 64st comes with a built-in worldwide basemap with shaded relief, preloaded TOPO 100K and a 1-year subscription of BirdsEye Satellite Imagery for a photo-realistic view. Adding more maps is easy with our array of detailed topographic, marine and road maps. With 8 GB of onboard memory and microSD™ card slot, you can conveniently download TOPO 24K maps and hit the trail, plug in BlueChart® g2 preloaded cards for a great day on the water or City Navigator NT® map data for turn-by-turn routing on roads (see maps tab for compatibility). In addition, the 64st is compatible with Garmin Custom Maps, a map format that allows you to transform paper and electronic maps easily into downloadable maps for your device, for free.
GPSMAP 64st supports paperless geocaching with 250,000 preloaded caches with hints and descriptions from Geocaching.com, and has a 16-hour battery life. By going paperless, you're not only helping the environment, but also improving efficiency. GPSMAP 64st stores and displays key information, including location, terrain, difficulty, hints and descriptions, which means there’s no more manually entering coordinates and paper printouts! Slim and lightweight, 64st is the perfect companion for all your outdoor pursuits.
Plan Your Next Trip
Take charge of your next adventure with BaseCamp™, software that lets you view and organize maps, waypoints, routes and tracks. This free trip-planning software even allows you to create Garmin Adventures that you can share with friends, family or fellow explorers. BaseCamp displays topographic map data in 2-D or 3-D on your computer screen, including contour lines and elevation profiles. It also can transfer an unlimited amount of satellite images to your device when paired with a BirdsEye Satellite Imagery subscription.
¹GPSMAP 64st is a Bluetooth® Smart device and can wirelessly sync with compatible Bluetooth® Smart Ready phones. Contact your provider to verify if your phone is compatible. The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc.
iPhone is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
- Size: 2.6"
- Color: Standard Packaging
- Brand: Garmin
- Model: 010-01199-20
- Released on: 2014-03-31
- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: 6.30" h x 4.20" w x 1.40" l, .58 pounds
- Sunlight-Readable 2.6" color display
- Expanded Internal Memory 8GB
- DUAL BATTERY SYSTEM Use with 2 traditional AA batteries, or the optional rechargeable NiMH battery pack that can be charged while inside the device.Weight 8.1 oz (230 g) with batteries
- Receive Smart Notifications* and pair with optional ANT+ sensors, such as heart rate monitor, Tempe temperature sensor, speed/cadence, or use to control your VIRB action camera (64s/64st only)
- Wirelessly upload data to Garmin Connect and view on smartphone, plus share activities as they happen with Live Track (64s/64st only)
Most helpful customer reviews
483 of 509 people found the following review helpful.
The 60CSx was better
After using, and loving, the Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx for years, I decided to "upgrade" to the GPSMAP 64st. Mainly, I wanted the much more finely detailed map of the US, but the built-in Bluetooth connectivity also seemed interesting and possibly useful. I also wanted the ability to save more tracks and longer tracks.
Now that I have used the 64st for a few months, I can say that the 64st is not nearly as good as the 60CSx. In most of the ways that matter to me, the predecessor 60CSx is better. Where the 60CSx felt like it had been designed by someone who actually hiked and depended on a GPS unit, the 64st feels like it was designed by a committee whose main goal was to come up with bullet points to appear in an advertisement.
To begin with the battery life of the 64st is abysmal. The batteries on the 60CSx last at least 2 to 3 times as long as those on the 64st. To even come close with the 64st, you have to turn off features like Bluetooth and GLONASS and use the display "battery saving" mode (which means the the screen is not on unless you press a key). To get around this, the manual suggests that you use (ultra high priced) lithium batteries. You could also use rechargeable batteries (good luck getting them recharged when you're out on a 4-5 day hike).
Even the user manual for the 64st is a minimalist document which appears to be designed to prevent you from finding how the 64st is supposed to work. The 60CSx manual is 116 pages long and is very compete. The 64st manual is 18 pages long. It contains only the most basic information. For example, the 64st has a setting called profiles. Profiles appear to be designed to save a collection of settings. The manual contains no information about the profiles that are included with the 64st or what settings are affected by a profile. The profiles included with the 64st are "Classic", "Hiking" and "Geocaching". There is no information in the manual explaining the difference in the profiles. "Classic" is the default. I thought that since I mainly use the GPS for hiking, I would change the profile from "Classic" to "Hiking". That was a big mistake. When the "Hiking" profile is selected, the 64st tries to "Calculate" the route (just like an automotive GPS would). Of course, since the device doesn't have most trails built in, the "calculation" always fails-- it never finds a route. Even if it could "calculate" the route it would be of little use since it has no way of knowing what route you want to take.
I have had frequent trouble with the 64st including nonsense points in a track leading to absurd odometer readings. Before the start of a hike, I wait for the GPS to get a good solid satellite position and a good location. Then I reset the trip odometer and other trip settings to zero. I start the hike and discover a minute or two later that the 64st thinks I have hiked 60 miles! Its clear that the 64st had gotten at least one spurious point and included it in the odometer mileage. How hard would it be for the GPS to deduce that it is not possible to travel 24,000 miles per hour and ignore the spurious track point?
There are some good things about the 64st. The built-in map is much more detailed than the one that comes with the 60CSx. When you are on a hike and you come to a road-- even a back-country dirt road, the 64st will likely be able to tell you the name of the road. The 60CSx only knows about major roads and not even all of those. The Bluetooth connectivity could be useful. You could, for example, download a GPX track on your smart phone and transfer it from your cell phone to the 64st via Bluetooth. The 64st has a lot more memory and can store much longer tracks than could the 60CSx (10,000 points versus 2,000 on the 60Csx) and can store many more tracks..
151 of 166 people found the following review helpful.
Just get a 60 model
By Thomas Hardy
Like many others, I bought the GPSMAP 64 because I lost my beloved 60Cx out in the woods. I looked over the Amazon reviews carefully, and I searched all over the Internet for more and more reviews. It seemed like maybe the hardcore fans of the 60 series were too harsh on the 64, and I just wasn't sure if it was as bad as they say. Well, at the end of my first hike, after seeing the 64 take measurements in a wild and seemingly inexplicable manner, I decided on that basis alone I hated the 64 so much, I would sell it and use the funds to buy another used 60 model.
Then an amazing thing happened. I thought, why not check this one little spot I sometimes go to take a break and look once more. I had already searched the ground at least once, maybe twice at this spot, and I had found nothing. This time around, I saw a familiar, shiny reflection from under the trees. Buried in a half a foot of leaves was the half-circle shaped battery cover lock from the 60Cx! I almost didn't believe my eyes until I had the thing back in my hands. It had been sitting in the woods for over two weeks during a time when the lows had dropped to near freezing for several nights. I opened up the battery cover, and the Eneloops I put in there looked normal. No moisture anywhere. No battery leakage or anything. I took out the batteries just to be safe, and I packed my lovely little buddy in my bag for later. When I got home, I put the 60Cx in a ziplock bag of rice, and I patiently waited for about three days before testing it. After that, I put two freshly charged batteries back in and booted it up. Bingo. Just like day 1.
I took the 60 back out on another hike. This time, I put both the 64 and the 60 in my bag, cleared the trip data on both devices at the same time, and started on the journey. When the day was done, I compared both units. The total distance measured by both devices was actually pretty close, but the other values were totally different.
Trip Odom: 9.64mi
Moving Time: 4h49m
Stopped Time: 3h51m
Max Speed: 5.7mh
Moving Average: 2.0mh
Overall Avg: 1.1mh
Trip Odom: 10.3mi
Moving Time: 6h47s
Stopped Time: 1:54m
Max Speed: 2.8mh
Moving Average: 1.5mh
Overall Avg: 1.2mh
The biggest issue I have here is that the moving time and stopped time are so completely different. I tried to figure out why, so I walked with both devices in hand and then repeatedly stopped. What I noticed is that the 60 model is a whole lot more accurate about starting and stopping. It really does recognize you have stopped very quickly whereas the 64 seems to take two or three times as long to recognize the change. Also, when I am stopped in place, if I move just a little bit (I mean literally a half a step in any direction), the 64 will oftentimes think I started moving again, whereas the 60 has a more realistic understanding that when you take a break, you might move a little bit, but you're not yet "on the move."
I haven't tested the water resistance of the 64 vs. the 60 yet but I will say the 64 gets a lot of dust and dirt and stuff that gets caught under the water seal whereas the 60 does not suffer from this problem as much. I can only surmise that if more dust can get inside, then certainly water might be more able to as well.
The build quality of the 60 is obviously a lot higher. The plastic on the 64 feels cheap; hell, the whole thing looks cheap. It really feels like a toy. The huge difference is immediately obvious when holding both units.
In the sunlight, I can read the 60 so much better than the 64. Somehow the 256 color display on the 60 holds up better in sunlight than the 65k screen on the 64. At night, I can read the 60 better, too. I don't know why; it's just more easily readable. I really thought I would like the higher color display. I was totally mistaken.
This last item is perhaps totally unimportant to many people, but I really prefer the gratifying, old school sound the 60 makes when booting up. It's really swell, and I almost get an adrenaline rush from hearing it, because I know I'm gonna be on the trail with good mapping/tracking capability. Plus the beep it makes when changing pages is also really satisfying.
The menus in the 64 are definitely more complicated. I found that the complications were not as bad as I read in some reviews, but the increased details of using it did not enhance the experience, either.
So I decided to keep the 64 for now just as a redundant backup to the 60. It is not as nice in almost every way, but if I lost my 60 or something terrible happened to it, etc, the 64 will get you where you want to go; it's just not as much fun.
Garmin, please make the 60 series again. You don't even have to improve it. Just re-release it. When you do something right, keep it that way! Listen to your customers for goodness sake.
There is still a market for standalone GPS units, but only if they provide the kind of benefits that the 60 series provides. They are very tough, use standard AA batteries, apparently can sit out in the woods for weeks without harm, easily readable in sunlight or in darkness, and are truly a simple joy to use.
When I'm hiking, I don't want any kind of BS. I want my GPS unit to be extremely simple and straight-forward, so much so that reading the manual is hardly required before using it the first time. I don't want to have to worry about the thing breaking, because it's just a toy. I don't want to deal with it thinking I'm moving when I'm not or vice versa. I want to focus on nature and the wonderful experience of immersing oneself in it, not on fumbling around with any kind of electronic device. The 60 allows me to focus on what I'm out there for without getting in the way, and it does a phenomenal job of that.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
Good solid gps
By Amazon Customer
The unit and the amazon customer service are both excellent. The unit does everything plus some of what I need and hasn't lost signal on me yet the several times I've had it in the field so far which is all I can ask of it. I ordered a 32 GB micro SD card and am good to go for what I figure will be many years excellent build quality and finish. The birdseye and the topo maps are very helpful and easy to use and the basecamp program it all syncs up to on the computer works great. Plan out where you are going download the map send it to unit and head out. I'd recommend this gps to anyone needing a good solid unit for a reasonable price I've had cheaper ones that I've returned after one day the extra cost is worth it and necessary in my opinion if you do any kind of wilderness hunting or hiking, biking etc I'd put my faith in the unit not only getting me in easier and logging my trip but getting me home safely to my family. Only feature I haven't tested is the waterproof claim I'm sure it is it seems sealed up expect it to perform. Ordered Wednesday afternoon picked up at my local ups store Friday morning with prime next day shipping and had it to test on the hunting trip I had planed for the weekend. Buy it and enjoy.