Google maps may be your go-to navigator when it comes to the highways and roads of the world, but what do you use when you want to go somewhere that roads don’t reach? Garmin, who essentially launched the GPS device market, has released the Overlander, a rugged navigator meant for use off-grid.
Featuring a seven-inch touchscreen, the Garmin Overlander offers turn-by-turn directions for on-road navigation, which will help you get to the trail’s head for where you want to go. But Garmin doesn’t stop at the road’s end; rather, it continues with you on your journey, offering off-road guidance through topographic maps. The Overlander covers North and South America, and you can use the Garmin Explore app to download additional maps and USGS quad sheets.
Outfitted with 64 GB of storage, the Overlander can store any number of maps that you need for your next adventure. Overlander will sync with all your devices and with inReach satellite communications for two-way text messaging and interactive SOS and weather forecasts. For the more challenging roads, you can use GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo support. The Overlander uses the height, weight, and length of your vehicle to chart out the route you should take.
When you do get on the trail, you’ll want to make sure that you don’t miss anything. Garmin has conveniently loaded the Overlander with iOverlander Points of Interest as well as Ulitmate Public Campgrounds, so you won’t have to worry about finding a connection to get to the information you need. You can also find the topographic maps you need as well as maps showing 4X4 roads.
The Overlander can be mounted just about anywhere with its magnetic mount or suction cup. It also comes with a RAM-compatible adapter. You can also pair it with up to four BC 35 backup cameras (sold separately) so that you can see what’s behind you.
If you’re content sticking to the roads and streets you know, then Google might be good enough. But if you’re the more adventurous type, then picking up a Garmin Overlander isn’t just a good idea, it’s a necessity.