If, like me, your thought of navigation whereas off-roading someplace means a window rolled down, large paper map flapping unhelpfully within the wind, whereas parked in a two-track attempting to match what I believe this sidewinding path is that I’m sitting in to a dotted line on the map that I hope it’s, cursing loudly but additionally secretly loving the analog connection to navigation of the previous, then a turn-by-turn four×four GPS steering system could seem somewhat like dishonest.
However when you like truly attending to the middle-of-nowhere campsite or vista you’ve rigorously deliberate, with out having to wish a fellow adventurer ambles previous so you’ll be able to flag them down and sheepishly ask for assist, then you definitely’re most likely gonna be actually all in favour of Garmin’s new GPS machine, the Overlander.
We haven’t been in a position to get our fingers on one but, however the specs and capabilities are fairly fascinating.
It’s a seven-inch touchscreen unit that appears loads strong. It could possibly mount to your car’s sprint or, when you want, you’ll be able to join it through bluetooth to your smartphone and toss the Overlander within the glove compartment and function the tech together with your cellphone. The unit comes loaded with topo maps, four×four trails, and public lands boundaries throughout North and South America. It should additionally show public lands campgrounds and factors of curiosity just about wherever you go.
It has 64 GB of onboard storage and a micro SD card slot so you’ll be able to construct your personal routes and cargo them into the system.
Whereas plotting these routes, the Overlander will, based on Garmin, permit you to plug in your car’s dimensions (size, width, peak, weight) to create customized routes that your rig can deal with. It consists of pitch and roll gauges too, hoping to assist preserve your wheels down and your roof up.
Whereas a number of preliminary studies on the market have mentioned the Overlander can even ship and obtain textual content messages through satellite tv for pc, this isn’t correct. You’d want one thing just like the inReach Mini for that. Paired with a messaging machine. the Overlander would make a cool mix of a robust GPS unit with the flexibility to name for assist if wanted.
The unit retails for $700. That’s lots.
Is it higher than a pill operating an off-road navigation app? Onerous to say with out with the ability to use it. I’ve used an iPad operating customized off-road routing software program and had no points, however the element and devoted options like pitch and roll gauges and public lands and four×four roads already baked-in to at least one single machine are compelling. The unit is harder and much more mud proof than most tablets, additionally a win. Hopefully, we’ll get an opportunity to get method, method on the market with considered one of this stuff quickly and may report again.