When I reviewed the Garmin GPSMAP 62s, I gave it a tentative recommendation because I needed to run beta firmware to get accurate tracklogs. Since then, I’ve been testing the 62 series with the 2.50 (non-beta) firmware and, as promised, I’m updating my recommendations.
The tracklog issue occurred at speed and under canopy; downhill runs on my mountain bike showed significant track separation errors when compared to the slower uphill portions of the ride. The image above shows a typical track under the latest production firmware. The track separation at the top of the image is about 50’ at its worst. Not bad at all on a downhill run under canopy. I’m seeing none of the wild errors I saw with earlier versions.
As a result, I feel comfortable updating my review and recommending the 62 series. Sure, the firmware is still young and there are some residual STM Cartesio chipset issues (aside to Garmin: can we please get the odometer to show accurate, slow speed hiking distance, like the active track does?), but overall the 62 series should make most users very happy campers.
Now off to update a bunch of posts.