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Garmin Overlander.

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

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 Montana and RV series but is too large, heavy and doesn't have the battery life to be used as a handheld.


  • Boyd 2009 Points
    edited May 2019
    Thanks Alan, that is an interesting (and unusual) device. There was a time I might have been tempted.... but $700? I am still very happy with my $400 DriveTrack 71 which is sleek and slim, has a bigger screen, and works with traditional Garmin map formats that support the maps I make.

    I get the impression that you may be locked into their Garmin Explore app for this new device, which no doubt lets them nickel and dime you for additional maps and imagery.
  • Boyd 2009 Points
    alanb said:

    It has a 6" screen, weighs almost a pound (15.4) ounces

    Actually it has a 7" screen, Alan.

    7” color touchscreen features turn-by-turn directions for on-road navigation and topography maps

    That makes more sense.... I'll bet it's the same panel used in the DriveSmart 6x and DriveTrack 71 (it has the same specs).
  • alanb 557 Points
    edited May 2019
    Ah... thanks for the correction Boyd … not sure how I missed that size. It seems like the weight and size of this device on a magnetic mount might be a little "iffy" for a bumpy offroad ride. Hopefully the mount has a locking mechanism so the viewing angle stays solid. I know those magnetic mounts are quite strong. Sometimes it is difficult to remove my 3597 without pulling the cradle socket off of the ball mount.
  • Boyd 2009 Points
    edited May 2019
    Just watched the video. What a bunch of fluff, lots of CGI of a truck driving across a "map" but almost nothing that shows what the real maps look like. But that thing really is HUGE. @-)
  • Zemartelo 207 Points
    Damn when is Garmin going to release that paying $700 for a GPS device are gone?
    Whos crazy enough to spend that kind of money on that??
  • Boyd 2009 Points
    Well, this is the same forum where the members couldn't wait to shell out $800 for the GPSMap 276cx (only to later regret it). But there's no love for the Overlander (mainly because it isn't intended for bikes).
  • Ramaprem 112 Points
    alanb said:

    I know those magnetic mounts are quite strong. Sometimes it is difficult to remove my 3597 without pulling the cradle socket off of the ball mount.

    Tell me about it.
    I always use my left hand to push back on the cradle, and even use a kind of twisting motion to assist. Sometimes I also push back on the windshield - in order to make sure that it doesn't come with the device.
    I would trust my life to that mounting.
  • Boyd 2009 Points
    No doubt it's a strong magnet, to match the macho image they are projecting for this big, heavy, military-grade device. Check out the video, with the bearded guy in a lumberjack shirt planning his adventure on a laptop in his garage. Isn't that where you always do your route planning? There's so much smoke in there, it must be hard to breathe. :))
  • deserteagle56 188 Points
    But do the "offroad" features include the ability to load tracks I created in Basecamp?
  • Boyd 2009 Points
    edited May 2019
    I don't see a manual yet (and it would probably be worthless anyway), but surely it can do that. You might need to upload all your data to Garmin's cloud with the Explore app first though, it's not clear whether this device works with Basecamp at all.

    Garmin is dumping Basecamp, and dumping on Basecamp users.

    Their new devices will all use the Explore app, although there might still be some Basecamp compatibility. See the support FAQ from the GPSMap66 for example

    I have never used Explore and don't have a compatible device. But I found this screenshot on their website .

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