Gear Review: Garmin Montana 650T

You’ll get in-car voice and off-trail navigation on 1:100K USA topo maps, plus a 5MP camera that snaps crisp, geotagged images.

You’ll get in-car voice and off-trail navigation on 1:100K USA topo maps, plus a 5MP camera that snaps crisp, geotagged images.

Major likes: the four-inch color touchscreen, which reads in horizontal and vertical orientations; a dual battery system (use the lithium-ion when you can charge daily from an outlet, and standard AAs on longer trips); and customizable dashboards that reduce excessive clicking.

Three defining features: The antennae locked faster than any other unit, the sweet BirdsEye imagery offers 3D terrain perspectives wherever you are on trail, and the map updates are free for life. Butterfingers beware: One tester dropped a unit from knee level, cracking the screen. Buy a case or extra screen protector.

$700; 11.5 oz.

3.5GB internal storage (200 tracks)

microSD slot

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