Rugged handheld GPS for serious trekkers

Tech Tools: Garmin GPSMap 67i

Garmin GPSMap 67i

From €550

We’ve become spoiled by smartphones. Not only do we have access to all the information on the internet at our fingertips, but the phones have also replaced several devices we would once have had to carry around with us – cameras, diaries, entertainment, books, satnavs. But there are still times when a smartphone won’t cut it, mostly when you are out of range of decent mobile data networks or are heading off somewhere where smartphones fear to tread.

Which is why Garmin has a range of rugged hand-held GPS devices. The Garmin GPSMap 67i is aimed at enthusiastic adventurers, offering a rugged hand-held GPS and satellite communicator in one. It has a battery life of up to 425 hours in expedition mode, though location tracking to keep your loved ones in touch with your movements bumps that down to 165 hours. With a satellite subscription, you can use it as a two-way messenger and send interactive SOS alerts in case of an emergency.


It’s not cheap, though, starting at €550, so probably only for serious trekkers.

Ciara O'Brien

Ciara O'Brien

Ciara O'Brien is an Irish Times business and technology journalist