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ADV NewsGarmin Launches Handheld GPS Devices With Boosted Performance

Garmin Launches Handheld GPS Devices With Boosted Performance

Next-gen devices offer improved positional accuracy and battery life.

Published on 03.16.2023

Garmin has expanded its lineup of outdoor navigation devices with the release of the GPSMAP 67 Series and the eTrex SE. The next-gen GPS handhelds feature upgrades like longer battery life to support longer expeditions and improved positional accuracy for added confidence while exploring trails.

GPSMAP 67 and 67i

While all devices in the new lineup feature multi-GNSS for better coverage, the premium GPSMAP 67/67i units take it a step further with multi-band support that utilizes multiple frequencies further improving positioning accuracy. Starting at $500, the 67 Series includes a pair of button-operated handhelds with a 3” sunlight-readable color display. Both are powered by internal lithium-ion batteries for extended life, boasting up to 180 hours in standard mode and up to 840 hours in expedition mode – up from the 200 hours from its predecessor.

Garmin handheld GPS device GPSMAP 67 and 67i

The rugged GPS devices also give users access to preloaded TopoActive mapping from Garmin,  satellite imagery and navigation with multi-band GNSS support and sensors to explore with confidence. Adventurers can also download premium maps with an Outdoor Maps+ subscription, which had previously only been available on a handheld with the Montana 700 Series. They also feature a 3-axis compass and barometric altimeter so users can see their altitude and air pressure when exploring at elevation.


The GPSMAP 67i differentiates from the standard 67 in that it has built-in inReach technology. This added feature lets users stay in contact with friends and family even without cell service through the global Iridium satellite network­– and if needed, trigger an interactive SOS to the 24/7-staffed Garmin ResponseSM Center.

 eTrex SE

If looking for a more budget-friendly device, the $149.99 eTrex SE is the newest iteration in Garmin’s longest-running line of durable, easy-to-use handhelds. This entry-level handheld GPS option also features multi-GNSS and gives adventurers up to 168 hours in standard mode as well as up to 1,800 hours in expedition mode with 2 AA batteries (sold separately). It also features an easy-to-read, 2.2” high-contrast display, which allows explorers to view waypoints, track their location and navigate their trail, even in bright sunlight.

Garmin Explore App

When paired with a compatible smartphone, all three devices can utilize the Garmin Explore app to access active weather reports for up-to-date forecasts, plus Geocaching Live for mobile updates and syncing. Even when off-the-grid, the app allows users to load routes and waypoints to their handheld device with or without Wi-Fi or cellular service.

Pricing for the GPSMAP 67 is $499.99 while the inReach-capable GPSMAP 67i is priced at $599.99. The entry-level eTrex SE handheld has a suggested retail price of $149.99. To learn more, visit

Author: ADV Pulse Staff

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