Garmin’s newest marine-friendly handheld GPSMAP 78sc

Scott Tunage, host of the award-winning series G3 Sportsman, takes to the woods and waters each week in search of new outdoor adventures. Scott is dedicated to the everyday outdoorsman, and brings a realistic look at what happens in the real world of outdoor adventures – including gear reviews. In the clip below, Scott spends time with Garmin’s newest marine-friendly handheld, the GPSMAP 78sc. The rugged GPSMAP 78sc comes preloaded with U.S. coastal charts and features a 3-axis compass, barometric altimeter, a high-sensitivity receiver, and – like you’ll see in the video – it floats! Watch the video below for a look at why anavid outsdoorsman like Scott doesn’t venture far without hisGPSMAP 78sc. Here’s a hint: “It’s as handy as a pocket on a shirt!”

Garmin Heads Back To Hawaii

On Sunday, July 31, 2011, the eyes of the ocean community will be on more than 250 athletes on both prone and stand-up paddle boards (SUP) who will attempt the 32-mile, open-ocean crossing of the infamous Ka’iwi (kah-EE-vee) Channel, also known as the Molokai Channel during the Paddle Board World Championships in Hawaii. And Garmin is thrilled to yet again be a sponsor of this prestigious race and involved within this tradition rich community.

Vying for his 10th consecutive World Championship title, Garmin sponsored athlete Jamie Mitchell will have a target on his back as he crosses the potentially dangerous Molokai Channel. Mitchell practices prone paddle boarding, which is one of the toughest, mentally grueling and most ocean-sensitive paddle sports in which one uses their arms as the paddles while either laying down or positioned on their knees. Mitchell will need to recognize each change in the ocean landscape, as any minor ocean change, such as a knot of wind, inch of tide or ripple of surf could affect his performance drastically. Mitchell will have his trusted Forerunner 310xt attached to his board giving him speed and  distance metrics as well as directional guidance during this marathon paddling event.