Garmin GPSMAP 66i vs SPOT X

Here’s a head-to-had comparison of between the Garmin GPSMAP 66i vs SPOT X. I have field tested both of these satellite communicators many times over the last several years, so let me give you the breakdown from what I have found.

Garmin GPSMAP 67i

Garmin GPSMAP 66i

SPOT X Bluetooth

What They Have in Common

  • S.O.S. Button to call for Emergency ServicesGarmin GPSMAP 66i vs SPOT X
  • Two-way Messaging
  • Satellite Messaging
  • Pre-Programmable Messages
  • Bluetooth Capable
  • Tracking for Family and Friends

What’s Different about the SPOT X?

Globalstar Satellite Network

What’s Different about the GPSMAP 66i

Iridium Satellite Coverage Map

The Look and Feel

Both the GPSMAP 66i and the SPOT X are large devices. You can see them side-by-side in the image below plus I’ll post some specs below that.


GPSMAP 66i vs SPOT X Specifications

You can see that these devices are about the same height and weight, but the SPOT X is about 0.5 inches wider and the 66i is about 1 ounce heavier, but this is where the similarities stop.

Garmin GPSMAP 67i

What the 66i has Over the SPOT X

There are several things that give the Garmin GPSMAP 66i a major advantage over the SPOT X. First, the 66i has global, pole-to-pole coverage. Second, you can see pre-downloaded topo maps on the GPSMAP 66i. Lastly, you can get detailed weather forecasts on the 66i.

There are many more differences, but these are the most obvious differences.

Final Thoughts

I do like the SPOT X and the new SPOT Gen4, and you’ll be happy with these satellite communicators if you buy one, but if you haven’t made that decision yet, then may I suggest you take a harder look at the Garmin GPSMAP 66i?

I have tested the 66i extensively, along with many other Garmin Communicators and I only use the Garmins now as my satellite messengers when I head out on my outdoor adventures.

Learn more about the GPSMAP 66i field tests HERE.

Learn more about the SPOT X field tests HERE.

You can see more about the differences between the 66i and the SPOT X in the YouTube video below.

Garmin GPSMAP 66i, GPS Handheld and Satellite Communicator, Featuring TopoActive mapping and inReach Technology, Multi
  • Large 3 inch Sunlight-readable color display for easy viewing
  • Trigger an interactive SOS to the geos 24/7 search and rescue monitoring center, two-way messaging via the 100% Global Iridium satellite network (satellite subscription required)
  • Preloaded Garmin TOPO mapping with direct-to-device Birdseye satellite imagery downloads (no annual subscription), includes multiple global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) support and navigation sensors
  • Cellular connectivity lets you access active weather forecasts and geocaching live
  • Compatible with the Garmin explore website and app to help you manage waypoints, routes, activities and collections, use tracks and review trip data from the field
  • Internal, rechargeable lithium battery provides up to 35 hours of battery life in 10-minute tracking mode and 1-minute tracking mode (display off), 200 hours in Expedition mode with 30-minute tracking

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Spot X with Bluetooth 2-Way Satellite Messenger | SOS Protection | Handheld Portable 2-Way GPS Messenger for Hiking, Camping, Cars| Globalstar Satellite Network Coverage | Subscription Applicable
  • SYNC WITH BLUETOOTH: Connect to SpotX to cellphone so you can communicate with family or even search and rescue; Use as a standalone communication device with it's own dedicated US mobile number to receive messages
  • PEACE OF MIND: Send S.O.S. to 24/7 Search & Rescue service, message back and forth about the nature of your emergency, receive confirmation when help is on the way; Message any cell number or email address virtually anywhere
  • GLOBALSTAR SATELLITE & SPOT products use GPS to determine location and transmit GPS coordinates to others; SPOT users can notify friends, family or emergency rescue their exact GPS coordinates
  • WHAT'S IN THE BOX: SpotX Device, strap and carabiner, micro usb data/power cable, quick start guide, SOS mirrored sticker, warranty card and kickstand
  • PURCHASE, ACTIVATE, EXPLORE: Grab a Spot X 2-way Satellite Messenger; Activate by selecting your service plan; Get out there and explore the world with peace of mind

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