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Garmin GPSMAP 66 series announced on 2018-08-06

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The first is the forum messaging.  The second is the Geocaching messaging.

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Whoops, may have found another one. I made two custom maps lat night that both worked for the 64st, and both crashed the 66st any time they would be displayed.

Both were single 1024x1024 JPEG images.

 

So has anyone tried any custom maps?

 

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1 hour ago, _Art_ said:

Whoops, may have found another one. I made two custom maps lat night that both worked for the 64st, and both crashed the 66st any time they would be displayed.

Both were single 1024x1024 JPEG images.

 

So has anyone tried any custom maps?

 

can you send those to me ART?

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I'm late to the party here and only skimmed through the 5.5 pages of prior comments, but I thought I'd add some observations of my own. 

 

Some quick background:

-First GPS was a Garmin GPSMAP 62s

-Attempted a Garmin Oregon 650t, and I immediately returned it. Too buggy.

-Bought a refurbished Oregon 450t, and I thought it was a good, small device, but I missed my buttons.

-Tested the GPSMAP 64s and loved it, but I couldn't justify the cost as it was basically the same as the 62s.

-Saw a Montana 600-series and was intrigued; bought a 610t and fell in love. I miss the buttons, but the large screen makes it less of an issue. Great, great, great device

-Tested the GPSMAP 66s on a recent caching trip. Was excited to test out the "new" Geocaching Live feature. Needless to say, it's going back.

 

The 66 isn't a bad GPS, and it is definitely an upgrade for the GPSMAP series and for those who like buttons rather than touchscreens. Despite having Geocaching Live implemented, it seems that the device really doesn't handle geocaches as well as on the 62/64 or the Montana. 

 

I also am not a fan of the Geocaching Live. It was very clunky to get it set up (via Bluetooth). It was clunky accessing caches in the field. And the fact that it automatically sends a default log upon finding/DNFing a cache is a non-starter for me. The only way I could figure out how to disable that "feature" was to turn off bluetooth.

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5 minutes ago, platoaddict said:

The 66 isn't a bad GPS, and it is definitely an upgrade for the GPSMAP series and for those who like buttons rather than touchscreens. Despite having Geocaching Live implemented, it seems that the device really doesn't handle geocaches as well as on the 62/64 or the Montana. 

 

How so?

 

I think it is far superior at handling geocaches compared to the other device you mentioned.

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10 minutes ago, platoaddict said:

I also am not a fan of the Geocaching Live. It was very clunky to get it set up (via Bluetooth). It was clunky accessing caches in the field. And the fact that it automatically sends a default log upon finding/DNFing a cache is a non-starter for me. The only way I could figure out how to disable that "feature" was to turn off bluetooth.

 

Geocaching Live is a must have feature for me - It saves so much time and allows me to be spontaneous and have access to current data without any setup at home before each outing. And the initial setup only requires a minute or two to complete.

 

The automatic logging can be disabled with a simple on/off setting [Setup > Geocaching > Geocaching Live > Auto Upload Logs = Off] for those who do not wish to have this feature enabled. Could not be much easier to use.

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1 hour ago, Atlas Cached said:

 

How so?

 

I think it is far superior at handling geocaches compared to the other device you mentioned.

 

I regularly toggle between a cache description and the map. On other devices, I'm able to do so without losing my place in the description. Every time I did this on the 66, I was scrolled back to the top of the description and had to scroll back down to find where I had left off. Perhaps this was an instance of user error again ... but it repeatedly happened regardless of how I attacked it.

 

1 hour ago, Atlas Cached said:

The automatic logging can be disabled with a simple on/off setting [Setup > Geocaching > Geocaching Live > Auto Upload Logs = Off] for those who do not wish to have this feature enabled. Could not be much easier to use.

Aaah! Thanks! I'll have to look for that again. I searched through a couple of menus while in the field and couldn't find it. I should have noted that this was a very brief and unexpected trial with the 66. I inadvertently left on a trip with my Montana conveniently left plugged in at home (d'oh) ... so, opted for a test-run with the 66 but didn't have enough time to completely familiarize myself with it.

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1 hour ago, platoaddict said:

I regularly toggle between a cache description and the map. On other devices, I'm able to do so without losing my place in the description. Every time I did this on the 66, I was scrolled back to the top of the description and had to scroll back down to find where I had left off. Perhaps this was an instance of user error again ... but it repeatedly happened regardless of how I attacked it.

 

Thank you. Duplicated and verified on other units. Have forwarded to Garmin software engineers.

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23 hours ago, _Art_ said:

Whoops, may have found another one. I made two custom maps lat night that both worked for the 64st, and both crashed the 66st any time they would be displayed.

Both were single 1024x1024 JPEG images.

 

So has anyone tried any custom maps?

 

I have several on my MAP 66, and all function as expected.

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The Oregon 700 allows you to select which GPX/GGZ file you want to use.

 

Could someone confirm that the GPSMAP 66s also has that capability?

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That's one of the filters.... something like "files 5/5" and you can toggle which ones are in use. I love it. I can see what's on my to do list.

 

In other news, I had to write to Garmin about how to apply a custom filter. I thought I was just dense. No, it took them a while to come back with the realization that they are not working-no way to apply them. It's supposed to be fixed in the next update. 

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I sold mine at a $50 loss, rather than any hassle in taking back for refund after 3 months now. Actually I included the Garmin battery pack so it did cost me a bit more.

Now I do like the hardware, and will probably buy another one later if I know a lot of things are fixed, but 3 months where I wouldn’t want to use it is too much.

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