The Garmin GPS MAP 64s features large buttons for easy use in all weather conditions. The large antenna locks-down on position while trudging through the most tangled terrain. This is our Top Pick for Reliability.
This unit has Smart Notifications technology. Receive text messages and updates on this handheld GPS when connected to your phone. No need to take your phone out of your backpack!
The quad-helix antenna coupled with GPS + GlONASS satellite access keeps your position on lock-down everywhere you go.
Combining a highly sensitive quad-helix antenna with GPS + GLONASS + WAAS compatible technology, this unit sees high accuracy in both open spaces and shady places. Signal acquisition is fast and, once it finds your position, it stays locked in. Take it through heavy canopies or deep canyons.
The electronic compass makes it easy to navigate back to old tracks and hit old waypoints. Of all the units tested, this unit provided some of the best satellite reception and accuracy in all types of terrain.
This is fully-buttoned unit with quick access to menu options. The screen is large and easy to see in all light conditions.
Ease of Use
The large buttons on this unit make getting from one place to another easy breezy. In total the unit features ten large and easy-to-use buttons. They work well with both thick and thin gloves.
The operation keypad features a large multi-directional pad, zoom in/out, find, mark, quit, enter, menu, and page button. We especially loved the mark button which made marking waypoints very accessible. The menu, like many Garmin units, is easy to use and customizable.
Of all the buttoned units tested, we felt like this was one of the easiest to get to know and understand. Some of our testers mentioned that getting to know more intricate features takes a little research, but the same is true for all units.
Receive text messages and media updates on your device without pulling out your phone. A modern and unique feature.
The display is not as large and brilliant as some of the touchscreen models, but it's also not far behind. It features a 2.6" display with 160 X 240 pixel resolution. Even though this is one of the lower display resolutions in the test, our testers really couldn't tell the difference when comparing unit screen quality.
The transflective display is quite durable and shows up quite nicely in both high and low light conditions. Unlike the dual-orientation touchscreens, the display is locked in portrait view and does not rotate.
This screen is a larger; a great size that can be seen in high and low light conditions. The keyboard is shown on one screen and is quick to use.
Even though the device doesn't respond to button pushes nearly as fast as any touchscreen units, we were pleasantly surprised to see there was very little lag time between pushing a button and the device carrying out its function. We were also surprised to see how fast it redraws maps.
A little larger than most units, the antennae makes the unit a little larger than other units. Stash it in a larger pocket, the lid of your pack, or attach it to a lanyard for easier access on your journeys.
Weight and Size
Not too big, not too small. The Garmin GPS MAP 64s is only 7.6 oz. Its thin design will easily fit into a larger breast or pant pocket. It also comes with a loop option at the base of the unit to attach it to a lanyard.
Here we compare all units. From left to right: Garmin eTrex 20x, Garmin Montana 680, Garmin GPSMAPS 64s, Magellan eXplorist 510, Garmin Oregon 600, DeLorme PN-60. The eTrex 20x is our smallest and lightest unit.
With all of its great features, we thought this unit was incredibly versatile. Many of our testers felt like it was incredibly durable and easy to use in all weather conditions. With that, we selected this GPS as our Top Pick for Reliability.
Enjoy the pre-loaded geocaches on this device.
When submerging the unit, we didn't notice any leaks. When marking waypoints and performing functions while wearing gloves of varying thickness, the buttons were easy to press. To top it off, this unit comes with 250,000 pre-loaded geocaches. So if you're into hunting for hidden treasures, this unit is perfect. That said, plan on uploading maps for your hikes. The base map that accompanies this device provides little to no detail.
Use it with or without gloves. In both situations this Top Pick for Reliability is accurate and easy to use.
Buttoned units are typically more reliable than touchscreens because of their versatility in gnarly weather.
This device is also a little bit heavy. Even though 7.6 oz isn't bad for most missions, it's not ideal for adventures that require a minimalist approach. Overall, great to use for most activities and all weather.
Pictured here are the barometric pressure settings. You can set this to track pressure trends and predict weather patterns while in the backcountry.
Take this versatile and reliable unit anywhere. Go geocaching, hiking, or backpacking. The world is your oyster.
What comes in the box? Garmin GPS Maps 64s, carabiner attachment, USB cable, user manuel
This unit is high value all the way around. For just $299.99 you get a handheld GPS with excellent reception and more reliable design.
Did you accidentally drop this unit in the water? No worries. All units tested - including the Garmin GPS Maps 64s - are water resistant. Feel free to take this device anywhere.
The Garmin GPS MAPS 64s is perfect for the adventurer that loves geocaching, buttoned units, and high-value items. Enjoy our Top Pick for Reliability.