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Garmin introduces Overlander GPS unit

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Garmin has introduced a new GPS unit aimed at off-road travel, the Overlander.

According to Garmin, the new unit is specifically designed for the overland community, with the capability to navigate urban, rural and backcountry routes. Topo maps are built-in, as are POIs from iOverlander, the app designed to help overland travelers find hotels, fuel, boondock campsites or other stopping points. Details from Ultimate Campground are also built-in, and users can download the Garmin Explore app to acquire more info like government satellite maps or imagery, and then sync with their GPS.

Want to keep in touch with home base? Garmin’s Overlander GPS can also pair with an inReach mini satellite communicator for two-way text messaging, as well as the capability to send emergency distress signals (at extra cost, of course, as you’ve got to buy the communicator and pay for the subscription).

Along with all the fancy-pants capability, there are also more traditional GPS unit staples like digital compass and a barometric altimeter. But, even the built-in sensors can be configured to direct the vehicle down appropriate trails based on the overlanding vehicle’s dimensions (height, weight and length); there’s no word on whether these are designed to only work with four-wheeled vehicles, or if there are also options to plug in a motorcycle’s data.

The unit has a 7-inch touchscreen, with 1024 x 600 resolution. There’s a magnetic mount system, with suction cup, and the unit also comes with a RAM mount adapter. There’s 64 GB of onboard storage. There’s also a MIL-STD-810 drop rating, and IP5X dust rating; battery life is rated for around three hours, so you’ll need to have a way of powering this while you ride.

Alas, the price tag is $699 US, so not cheap, but you can’t put a price on navigational expertise, can you?

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