Detailed, 100k topographic map includes national, state and local parks and forests along with terrain contours, elevation, trails, rivers, lakes and points of interest
Snap photos with the built-in 5 megapixel digital camera with auto focus; photos are automatically geotagged so you can find your way back to that exact spot in the future
3-axis, tilt-compensated electronic compass shows your heading even when you're standing still and holding the unit upright or at an angle
Altimeter tracks changes in barometric pressure to pinpoint your altitude; it also plots pressure over time to help you keep an eye on changing weather conditions
Share your waypoints, tracks, routes and geocaches wirelessly with other compatible Garmin devices so your friends can easily enjoy your favorite hike or cache
Built-in worldwide basemap with shaded relief helps you navigate with ease; photo navigation lets you download Garmin Connect™ photos and navigate to their locations
Quad helix antenna and high-sensitivity, WAAS-enabled receiver with Hotfix® satellite prediction locate your position quickly and maintain reception under heavy cover
3.5 GB memory microSD card slot make it easy to add maps; choose from Garmin's wide array of detailed topographic, marine and road maps (sold separately)
Garmin GPSMAP 62stc supports BirdsEye™ satellite imagery (subscription required) that lets you download satellite images and integrate them with your maps
Compatible with free Custom Maps maps software that transforms paper and electronic into downloadable map files
Easily connect GPSMAP 62stc to your computer and the Internet to get a detailed analysis of your activities and add tracks using Garmin Connect™
Garmin Connect lets you map your movements on Google Earth, explore routes uploaded by other Garmin users and share your experiences on social networking sites
GPSMAP 62sct lets you download GPX geocache files to make your geocaching paperless and easier than ever; it stores cache location, terrain, difficulty, hints and descriptions
Waterproof design meets IEC 60529 lPX7 standards (can be submerged to 1m for up to 30 min.)
Comes with a carabiner clip, USB cable, two AA NiMH batteries and a battery charger
MapSource™ features data in DVD format to augment the info already on your GPS basemap. It allows you to view color maps on a computer with zoom/pan functions for easy map browsing. You can select maps in areas of interest and transfer them to a compatible GPS. English language only.
by jb-leefromBest hiking electronic in my pack.I hike a lot in the Sierra Nevada range, and most of the time I'm nowhere near any maintained trails. One of my biggest problems with other gps unit's I've used it that in thick forests and deep canyons I lose my signal, and this gps hasn't had that issue what so ever. The menu's are easy to use and the map, track, and waypoint system is simple and accurate. I recommend you subscribe to the Bird's eye imaging through Garmin because it gives a great visual reference when navigating though you need to upload the birdseye map to your gps from your computer before you go. I've also used this gps for marking and making my own maps for locations of a community maintained water system so the members know where water shutoff valves and pipes are located with incredible accuracy. By profession I'm a published professional photographer so I thought the camera was a bit of a gimmick but thought I could at least use it for reference images for scouting locations, but the quality surprised me when I downloaded the images to my computer afterword. The photos where better quality than my 6mp camera on my phone so I was pleased that I could at least take fun snapshots of my family with it. Battery life also surprised me. Since I hike for days on end I was happy to see that I easily get 16 hours of life on a set of rechargeable AA's, and since I take a solar AA battery charger with me attached to my pack I can easily keep going without lugging a ton of batteries. I also love the "tempe" sensor available separately as a great add on to the gps so I can keep track of it while in different regions, though I don't like that the temp system only will track temp for 24 hours, I feel that it would be easy to program the gps to keep track of temp's for a least a week, and a month would be nice and the ability to download temp data to my computer would be great too. Overall this is a great tool to have in my hiking pack and I wouldn't head into the forest without it.
Date published: 2014-06-29
Rated 5out of5
by WildernessmanfromGPSThis was used for a thirty mile hike this weekend. It worked perfectly. Couldn't be happier.
Date published: 2013-03-22
Rated 1out of5
by hide and go seekfromPOOR MAPS IMPAIR USEFULNESS OF THIS UNITThe problem with this device is that it is designed to run a very low resolution "Vector" map set, which is so-badly detailed that you are likely to get confused or worse: Lost, when you try to sync the map with the actual terrain you are traversing. The manufacturer claims the maps are from 24k stock, but the detail is nowhere near this. And, on all legitimate usgs -RASTER MAPS -- the green shading on a map denotes the actual forest pattern you should be seeing ----- but that standard has been bastardized on these maps as -- the green shading is now just painted over All National Forests ---- as a quick and dirty scheme to get you Lost, if you ever hope to comprehend your location by viewing the forest pattern
around you! In this day of ever faster and more competent processors there is no more excuse to be hanging-on to these slow and limited capability gps units. The older National Geographic maps are Genuine 24k topo maps, and one small state in the mountains requires 7 CD's -- just to cover one small state. So. you know that a Micro-sd card is not going to give you Seven complete states of "Topographic maps". The gps manufactures need to stop hanging bells and whistles on their devices, and just "MAN-UP" to using high speed processors! So that we can actually depend upon detailed RASTER MAPS, TO NAVIGATE IN AND OUT OF VERY RUGGED TERRAIN. I don't want a radio, or a camera, or a phone when I am deep in the wilderness, and have to navigate cross country for 4 miles in-order to get out! Sadly, I cannot get that performance from this device, that only functions with vector maps, so I have been forced to return this purchase, and the maps! The unit itself is well built and solid ----- I suggest that the manufacturer just throw out all the old chips and processors, and gear-up the processors and memory to handle RASTER MAPS -- and you will have a world-wide-winner! Until
then, I am much safer using a genuine Topo map, and Compass. I might make the suggestion that REI grab the chance to set the standard for quality mapping stock-- and begin assembling the USGS --RASTER-- quads into a State Series, like National Geographic did --- the market is much bigger now, and this could be a real cash-cow, if you did it right! My parting advise: "Don't Get Lost"
Date published: 2014-05-30
Rated 4out of5
by IAPACA11fromIt guides me!Works really great. The battery lasts a long time and if you run out of a charge in the woods, you can always stick in some regular AA's and keep going. I almost bought the comparable model that has all the same features but with a touch screen, for the sake of battery life I am very glad that I got the non-touch screen. It is also possible that this GPS will get a better signal than the touch-screen because it has an external antenna.
I primarily use it to log my routes and as a way to "check" myself while traveling in an unfamiliar area. I always use a map (and usually carry an extra with me to give to anyone who has lost their way), but the GPS is a great way to check myself (especially in an unfamiliar area). The camera is great because I'm always out in the middle of nowhere and I just want to remember that one specific spot, well now I can!
I use the GPS on well travelled paths/trails, finding geocaches, deep woods exploration, and general navigation (when my car GPS craps out this one always works!).
I also use the GPS at work when estimating the area or perimiter of a building or construction site. It works great as a quick estimate (obviously you need to check the plans for the exact dimentions!).
The small screen size may be hard for people with bad eyesite, if you need glasses or squint while trying to read small pring, than I would opt for the touch screen because it is very easy to read.
The interphase is easy for me to use, although typing in text is not that easy because you need to use the arrow buttons to move around. I rarely need to type on it so this is not a problem for me but some people may have an issue with this.
I have not used the GPS on water (don't own a boat) and I have also not signed up for the "Birds Eye" satellite viewing. This feature seems great and I may sign up for it after the winter because it woudl be great to see an actual picture of what the land surrounding me looks like from above.
Overall its a great product and I would recommend it. Steep price but if you are going to use it every weekend (and during the week if you have time!) than I would try it out. And if you don't like it you can always just return it to REI because they have an awesome return program!
Happy GPS hunting! Good luck!
Date published: 2012-09-12
Rated 4out of5
by Grand County CO HikerfromGood GPS with a flawI bought this during REI's spring sale, and have used it for several hikes. The unit is *much* better than the Oregon 400T (from last year's sale). The 62ST works well in the trees. The display is easy to see, even in the bright sunlight. My only issue (so far) is the power-save feature. If I don't check the mileage within the first couple of miles, the GPS shows 18 miles regardless of how far I've gone. (This has happened even when walking along a road, so satellite reception can't be the issue.)
Date published: 2014-06-01
Rated 5out of5
by Ande10fromThe Best Garmin So FarPurchased the GPSMAP for more detail when hiking and prospecting. This unit is great for downloading locations from Google Earth and then uploading once back from adventures. Location tagging of photos is another great feature that I didn't have with my other Garmins. So far a great product.
Date published: 2011-12-27
Rated 5out of5
by PyrotecfromGarmin GPSMAP 62stcI've had several GPSr units over the years all of which have been Garmin brand. This is the best to date. Better accuracy, easy to use menu, quick to aquire signal. I have used an Oregon for over a year for Geocaching and quickly picked up the function buttons on the GPSMAP.My only beef so far is my failing eyesight, I need to have my readers close by.
Date published: 2012-04-26
Rated 5out of5
by OlydogfromYou're covered....Under the cover.....The MOST important feature in a GPS for me is being able to get reception under the forest canopy. My previous units failed badly ai this. The 62csx is KING. If you want reception this is your GPS. I would prefer a touch screen but the push button is more durable and will last longer. You can plug this into your computer and download home made maps onto it without having to add a mini sd card. Overall there is not a better GPS for my elk hunting trips. Also comes with rechargeable batteries and a charger for them. Instruction manual is so basic as to be non existent. Go to youtube for video instructions if you need to learn the format of this GPS.
Date published: 2014-05-30
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