UPDATE: We now have up a dedicated Garmin Astro 320 page, with links to hands on reviews.
Garmin continues to roll out more handheld love this week, announcing the Garmin Astro 320 dog tracker. A niche product designed for hunters with hunting dogs, the Astro 320 is based on the very popular Garmin GPSMAP 62s, bringing a range of new features to the Astro. These include BirdsEye imagery and Garmin custom map capabilities, a tri-axial electronic compass, wireless data transfer and a new interface.
Additional improvements are a 30% increase in effective range (up to 9 miles in flat, unobstructed terrain), a vibration feature and keypad lock. The Astro 320 alone will have an MSRP of $499.99. Coupled with a DC 40 tracking collar and accessories, it jumps to $649.99 (MSRP). The Astro 320 is expected to be available in July 2011.
Seeing the news this morning makes me think about all the dog owners (non-hunters) who take their dogs on leash-free hikes in National Forest areas and other public lands where it is permitted. I wonder if Garmin can expand their market to these canine fans.
Here’s the full news release.