Posted by Miles Arbour
Garmin’s eTrex GPS devices have been a mainstay amongst bikepackers for quite some time. Simple and reliable handlebar-mounted navigation make them a safe bet to help get you from point A to point B and everything in between. Although there is a bit of a learning curve to get started, and the user interface isn’t nearly as nice as that of your new iPhone, the eTrex’s rugged design, replaceable AA batteries, and reliability are hard to beat. Garmin just announced two new models into the lineup, the 22x and 32x, adding a few more features that build upon the popular 20x and 30x models.
Weighing in at 142 grams, the eTrex 22x and 32x both feature a 3.5 x 4.4cm (1.4 x 1.75″) color screen, run off of two AA batteries, and have a battery life up to 25 hours. If you’ve used either a 20x or 30x before, you’re likely reading some familiar specs. So, what’s new? First off, the internal memory on both models has been increased to 8GB, doubling the storage right out of the box. And if you need more, both eTrex models offer a microSD card slot for expandability. Something completely new is the integration of TopoActive maps, which come preloaded on the device and so far have pretty positive reviews. The 32x differs from the rest of the lineup by offering a barometric altimeter, compass, ANT+ compatibility, and the ability to add custom maps. Unfortunately, the eTrex 22x and 32x still have track logs that are limited to 10,000 points, which isn’t always enough for longer trips and large GPX routes.
Although not as popular for bikepcking, Garmin’s GPSMAP devices also saw some updates, the details of which can be found in the press release here.
Check out Garmin’s release video below…