Dang it woot! You where so close on this one. I have been looking to get a new GPS but this one is just out of my price range. I was looking for the Garmin GPSMAP 62 not the 62sc. I can get the new 62 for 275 on amazon so this is just to much for me. But anybody thinking about getting this trust me you wont be disappointed. If I had more money then I would diffidently get this.
This is an absolutely fantastic hiking GPS. Keep in mind though that the SC does NOT come loaded with the Topo maps. You want the ST for that feature. I have the 62STC, which adds the camera feature along with the built in topo maps. You can buy the topo maps to load into this, but once you’ve done that… you might as well have sprung for the 62ST or 62STC.
There is nothing like a Garmin. I’ve had my GPSMAP 60CSx handheld (one of the predecessors to the 62SC) for about 7 years now, and it is a trooper. It’s been through everything, and I still use it every day. This is a no-brainer for any outdoor enthusiast!
only $429 @REI, $454.23 on amazon, so discount here is not too deep.
will sleep on it since cc is just about hit the limit…
I found this video and thought it may help any of you who are on the fence about this item. It is a quick look at the series and does have some great info and differences between the models. Including the woot offered one. Enjoy.
I’ll disagree here. The 62 ST or STC comes with 1:100,000 topo maps. Good for basic overview, but you’d be crazy to rely on them in the back country. For finer detail you’re looking at the 80 dollar topo regional maps.
For 30 bucks a year you can subscribe to Garmin Birdseye Topos (not birdseye satellite, which just downloads satellite imagery of a map), which lets you download USGS topo maps at your leisure. Or you can go to gpsfiledepot.com and probably find good topos for free. Or you can rip raster topos from the USGS and make custom maps. You have a lot of options.
In other words, you don’t need the 1:100,000 topo map. There are better alternatives out there for way less. Buy the street navigator package if you intend to use the GPS for geocaching though.
I’m not sure why I’d want the camera either personally. Might be useful for notes and trail tracking, but I have the 62S and really have not missed it at all.
Now, having had the 62s for a year, this thing is effing awesome. I originally got it for geocaching, and while it has a robust feature set, it suffers from a lack of touchscreen or a keypad. Entering notes on the rocker switch is painful. However, the features list rocks, it locks onto a signal quickly, and once you lock on you don’t get a lot of slop in your tracking. Earlier firmware had a lot of problems, but that was like firmware 1.something and they’re up to 4.6, so that’s ancient history.
Other really nice features are the microSD card, which I just slapped a 16 gig card into without problem, the 3-axis magnetic compass (your GPS doesn’t have to be held flat or move), some very useful pre-defined profiles, stopwatch, calendar, sunrise/sunset, barometric altimeter, and the ability to communicate with ant+ perhipherals and the ability to squirt waypoints and other data to other compatible units (pretty much GPSMap 62s units)
The battery compartment has a gasket and seals very well, and the antenna/USB port has a heavy rubber plug to keep out water and dirt. Overall, it’s pretty rugged, although as always I’d avoid submerging it.
Downsides… The manual is a joke, the interface is cluttered and not intuitive (especially with the large amounts of options and profiles), and unless you want the GPS to do something, you probably won’t realize it’s capabilities.
Garmin’s map addons are what they are. I don’t believe they support the NatGeo topo maps program, but I could be mistaken. The Birdseye Topo program remedies that, but at the same time, if you break your subscription, you can’t sync the maps from your computer to your GPS any more. Whatever is on your GPS stays however. So if you go that route, get a BIG SD card.
Screen resolution is… meh… Very pixelated, but it does the job that it needs to. It gets a little less sexy dealing with topos in rugged territory. Screen is viewable in direct sunlight, which is a big plus.
Battery life is about 20 hours of runtime according to manuals. I haven’t verified this, but there is a power saver option, and you can muck with the compass, the brightness of the screen, and other things to help get the most out of your batteries.
Now that I’m getting into backpacking, I’m digging the dozen or so coordinate systems that it offers, and I’m unlocking more of the GPS unit’s power, but I’m also seeing it’s limitations. That screen is still a major limitation, as it’s too small to get good detail, and a good topo map is going to still be needed in a backpacking situation. On the up side, with a UTM map and tool, you can pretty much pinpoint where you are extremely fast, and then use your good old compass to extrapolate from there, speeding up your map plotting immensely.
This is a decent deal. Basically, you save 10 bucks off of the amazon price of the same model without the camera (which isn’t an item I want at all, more stuff to go wrong). If you need a bigger screen than the 2.8 inch screen, or a higher resolution, or especially touch-screen, look at the Oregon series. Otherwise, if you want a rugged (Garmin says this thing is waterproof, so I stand corrected from earlier) GPS, this is a pretty decent offering.
Sorry one more note here to refine this.
The difference between the 62 and the 62s (or st or sc or stc) is large. Wireless communication, compass, altimeter, the microSD slot, and a bunch of other functions are left out. If you just want a really good, accurate GPS without the bells & whistles, the 62 might be worth while, otherwise at least look at the 62s.
The SD slot alone probably would be worth the upgrade. I’m not sure what the internal memory was for the 62, but the 1.7 gigs in the 62s go quick.
Garmin GPSMAP 62SC Handheld GPS Unit
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Had an odd thing happen with several of the 62S version of this unit. Even though I couldn’t find any info on the webs about people with the same issue and tech support had no knowledge of the problem.
We deploy about 30 of these units for a survey program each summer. Generally you get 20 hours of use from a set of batteries (we use ray-o-vac ultra industrial AA, have for years, they are great batteries) but somehow the volt monitoring on the units is faulty. After about 2 hours of use the unit would say “lost connection to external power, saving data” and it would beep, save data and after about a minute of freaking out, power it self down. Some of the survey crew said that if they turned the unit on and off three times, the unit would work for a few more hours. I personally had to change batteries every 2 hours. Now the batteries are not depleted mind you, the unit just doesn’t detect enough juice in them.
Before you ask, yes we had all the settings correctly applied, we tried all the power saving options, etc. I had about 6 units with this problem. Garmin Tech support said to try using non-industrial strength batteries, so I ordered Duracell. Same problem. Tried rechargables, same thing. I noticed on surveyor purchased lithium but I did not get to speak to her about her experience with them. Oh, I installed the latest firmware too.
Loading the 24k topo for the entire state of MN and some of the Dakotas and Iowa took about 1/4 of the available 62s internal memory.
I am upgrading from a Garmin GPSMAP 60Cx, are you interested in doing a deal?
Please keep in mind that this “wireless communication”, last I checked, was only with other Garmin GPS’.
Unless you have a few people with a Garmin then it’s kind of useless.
For the record, I bought an Oregon 400T when they were on the way out and I love the thing. It has saved my butt a bunch of times over the years.
I got the same model from amazon yesterday for less, but YMMV. However, WHY I got it was for my geocaching husband who is updating. This will be great for the geocacher in your life.
I have a good friend with the 62ST (this one minus the camera). Everything works great on it… except the compass. The map loading is great (including trail maps, satellite view and topo maps). Satellite lock is fast and appears pretty accurate. But the compass doesn’t seem to work worth anything (sits there pointing this way and that way and the other way and so on) unless it’s on the move… and the antenna is pointed straight up at the sky. That’s something you can adapt to… but my “other brand I won’t mention” GPS actually has a three-axis compass that works great. So when we’re out geocaching together… they work great in tandem - him watching the trail maps… and me watching the direction we’re going.
My smartphone will display a real-time map with a trail showing where I’ve been, and an overlay showing where I plan to go. When I’m done, I can post the map with superimposed trail to Facebook to prove to my friends that I do occasionally leave my computer to encounter nature.
How is this almost $400 better than my smartphone? I’m somewhat amazed that dedicated GPS units are still a thing. Can somebody please explain why?
I was shopping for the 62S and almost jumped on this deal when I saw it but the price was just as high as the 62S and that is still too high for me. After seeing this and searching around I found the 62S on sale at GPSCity for $304 with a 4GB SD Card.
All too often I am in areas where my smartphone will not receive a 3G/4G signal and render the phone GPS function useless. Dedicated GPS units don’t have that problem. I haven’t found a smartphone that can operate as well or as long as the dedicated GPS especially when hiking in the winter or deep in the backwoods. Not to mention the ruggedness of a dedicated unit like this woot! over a smartphone makes it worth its weight in gold when I want it to augment my map and compass to help navigation. Love my smartphone but the right tool for the right job. YMMV.
Wait - there are places that don’t have 3G/4G? How uncivilized!
At any rate, Google maps has an offline mode so all you need is the GPS in your phone to figure out where you are. Of course, that requires you to have the foresight to download the maps before you head out and wouldn’t do squat for you if you survived a plane crash.
If you’re gung-ho, you can blow $130 and recharge your batteries by burning some twigs in one of these.
So the one remaining advantage is ruggedness. Is this advantage enough to keep dedicated GPS units viable? They’re still here, so I guess so. But this fair-weather hiker would have a hard time justifying $400 for ruggedness.
Thanks for answering. Happy trails!