Garmin Montana 700i Review & Field Test

Check out this detailed Garmin Montana 700i Review & Field Test.

Montana 750i Introduction

Other than the Garmin GPSMAP 67i, this is probably the most powerful device that Garmin has created. Let me list some of the features the Montana 700i/750i has to offer:

  • Garmin Montana 750iOff-road Navigation
  • Global 2-Way Messaging
  • Interactive S.O.S.
  • Full QWERTY Keyboard
  • Routable Topographic Maps
  • Meets MIL-STD 810 for Thermal, Shock, Water and Vibration
  • Birdseye Satellite Imagery
  • Inreach Weather Forecasts
  • Outdoor Maps+
  • City Navigator Maps
  • Topoactive Maps
  • Additional Maps with 16 GB of Onboard Memory
  • Micro SD Card for Expandable Storage
  • Public Land Boundaries
  • ABC Sensors
  • Active Weather
  • Dog Tracking
  • and Much More…

Menu Layout

The menu layout is extensive but you can customize it to help you navigate it more easily. Here is an example of what you will see when the Montana 700i or 750i is delivered to you.

Garmin Montana 750i Menus


The S.O.S. function is easy enough to access. It is one of the few hard keys built into the outside of the device. All you need to do is to is have a subscription and then open the cover and depress the key for about 3 seconds, then the IERCC will contact you and get search and rescue teams dispatched to your location.

Garmin Montana 700i SOS

Two-way Messaging

I never thought I would care much for 2-way messaging as I don’t like to be bothered on my hikes with people messaging me, but what I have found out is that my family and friends do leave me alone to enjoy the outdoors, but I do have the convenience of messaging people for important reasons, up to and including life threatening emergencies.

Here are some examples of recent messages I have sent with the Garmin Montana 750i.

Garmin Montana 750i Messaging

City Navigation

There are two options for City Street Navigation. They are City Navigation and BaseCamp.

Garmin City Navigation


Garmin Montana 700i


There are two types of weather on the Garmin Montana 700i/750i. They are:

inReach Weather

Garmin Montana 750i inReach Weather

Active Weather

Active weather gives you a lot greater weather detail but you must be in WIFI or at least Cell Service to get it.

Garmin Montana 750i Active Weather


There is a lot more on navigation here than I will cover today, but I will go into this in more detail in the future in the Montana 750i training playlist, but I want to add here that using the Course Planner is my favorite way to create Courses/Routes and Garmin has said the Courses is the new and better way to navigate by.

Here are a few screenshots of what it’s like to navigate on the Montana 700i/750i with the Course Planner.

Garmin Montana 750i Navigation

Final Thoughts

This is a powerful, but large satellite communicator, and I only use it in my truck when heading off-road here in Colorado. You may want to consider putting it on your backpack, but I think it’s too large for that. I would look at the Garmin GPSMAP 67i if you will be packing this on hiking adventures.

Check out this link if you would like to know more about the Monana 700i.

Information on the Garmin Montana 700i

Leave a comment below if you have any questions or advice on the Garmin Montana 700i/750i satellite communicator.

Watch this YouTube video of the actual field test.

Garmin Montana 700i, Rugged GPS Handheld with Built-in inReach Satellite Technology, Glove-Friendly 5" Color Touchscreen
  • Features rugged military-grade construction and a 5” touchscreen display that’s 50% larger than the previous model; offers easy viewability and includes versatile mounting solutions.Control Method:Touch,Application.Special Feature:Routable Topo Maps; Multiple GNSS Networks, ABC Sensors; inReach Satellite Communication; BirdsEye Satellite Imagery.
  • Trigger an interactive SOS to the GEOS 24/7 monitoring center — two-way messaging via the 100% global Iridium satellite network (active satellite subscription required; some jurisdictions regulate or prohibit the use of satellite communications devices).
  • Multi-GNSS (GPS and Galileo) support — plus preloaded TopoActive maps and City Navigator street map navigation; navigation sensors include 3-axis compass and barometric altimeter
  • Pro-connected with ANT+ technology, Wi-Fi connectivity and BLUETOOTH wireless networking, giving you direct-to-device access to BirdsEye Satellite Imagery downloads, location sharing, Connect IQ app support and more
  • 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

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Garmin GPSMAP 67i Rugged GPS Handheld with inReach® Satellite Technology, Two-Way Messaging, Interactive SOS, Mapping
  • Large 3” sunlight-readable color display for easy viewing
  • Enable two-way messaging and location tracking via the 100% global Iridium satellite network, and trigger an interactive SOS to Garmin Response℠, a 24/7 staffed emergency response coordination center (active subscription required; some jurisdictions regulate or prohibit the use of satellite communications devices)
  • Access preloaded TopoActive mapping from Garmin, view satellite imagery, and navigate with multi-band GNSS support and sensors
  • When paired with your compatible smartphone, you can access active weather forecasts and Geocaching Live
  • Use with the Garmin Explore website or app on your compatible smartphone to help you plan trips and more
  • Get access to a wide variety of premium mapping content delivered directly to your device via Wi-Fi technology with an Outdoor Maps+ subscription

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Garmin Backpack Tether Accessory for Garmin Devices, Black
  • Compatible with multiple Oregon, Alpha, inReach, GPSMAP, and eTrex devices.
  • Durable nylon harness wrap
  • 2-Inch - 14-Inch adjustable strap

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Garmin Montana 700 Series Suction Cup Mount with Speaker 010-12881-00
  • Garmin Part Number 010-12881-00
  • Mount your compatible Garmin GPS to any windshield or smooth surface
  • Includes suction base, arm, and AMPS cradle to power your Garmin.
  • AMPS cradle includes integrated speaker

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