Anyone prone to wandering the wilds has a deep love, bordering on worship, of Garmin products. I was stoked to test their recently released 66sr GPS. Its battery life, display screen, and especially its topographic maps are superior to older models. Its weather sealing is impeccable—all Garmin products I’ve used have held up to serious abuse, whether being dumped in the ocean or thrown off a cliff. The 66sr pinpointed my location significantly faster than my older GPS, a helpful feature when hiking through dense forest, as I often do in the jungle of Southeast. My favorite improvement offered on the 66sr is map clarity. Paired with its tracking, the device allows me to feel like a superhero, helping me travel safely through the mountains in fog, or through forest flats on a safe and direct route. Even though the 66sr makes it hard to get lost, I always recommend throwing in a compass for good measure. It’s good to be humble in the wilderness. If you’re in the market for a GPS, the 66sr is well worth considering.

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Bjorn Dihle is Alaska magazine's gear editor and a lifelong resident of southeast Alaska. You can follow him at instagram.com/bjorndihle or facebook.com/BjornDihleauthor.

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