Garmin Oregon 600 Worldwide Handheld GPS Review


The body of the Garmin Oregon 600 GPS is built to withstand a beating and has a waterproof rating of IPX7. The screen is very large and bright, and the touch interface works great, even allowing you to use gloved hands. The Garmin Oregon 600 uses a built-in 3-axis electronic compass with an accelerometer for tilt compensation. It uses a very sensitive GPS and the receiver is also enabled for WAAS and GLONASS systems. Details on your altitude can be obtained thanks to the barometric altimeter. The GPS already comes with a worldwide base map installed, and another remarkable feature is the 1-touch waypoint addition tool. You can also wirelessly share your routes and waypoints with any other compatible Garmin devices. Here is a complete list of features of the Garmin Oregon 600 handheld GPS:

  • The screen is large and bright, easy to read
  • Touch sensitivity works smoothly, even with gloved hands
  • 3-axis electronic compass always delivers precise position
  • Built-in worldwide basemap with shaded relief
  • Compatible with WAAS and GLONASS systems 
  • Lightweight and entirely waterproof
  • Battery life lasts up to 16 hours
  • Can wirelessly share routes with compatible devices
  • Carabiner clip included in the box
  • Internal 1.7 Gb storage expandable to 32 Gb



Dimensions: 2.4” x 4.5” x 1.3”/6.1 x 11.4 x 3.3 cm

Display size: 1.5” x 2.5”, 3” diagonal

Display resolution: 240 x 400 pixels

Weight: 7.4 ounces/209.8 grams with batteries

Battery type: 2 AA batteries or rechargeable NiMH pack

Battery life: 16 hours

Waterproof rating: IPX7

Storable waypoints: 4.000

User Experience


Usability: Even for those that have never used a dedicated GPS and are used to dealing mostly with smartphones, the Garmin Oregon 600 is very easy to understand and operate. Everything you need to know and see is written clearly on the display and the menus never become confusing, with the screen being always smoothly responsive to the touch.

Especially nice is the ability to add a waypoint with a single touch of a finger and even be able to use gloved hands to operate the device, as well as the easy wireless sharing of your favorite routes with your friends. The build feels reassuringly good in your hand, and the waterproof rating is more than respectable, letting you confidently handle the device even during a thunderstorm although the weight remains nicely well contained.

Precision: Whatever the weather conditions, you can be sure that the Garmin Oregon 600 will perform when it is tasked with finding your position in the wilderness. Combining a very sensitive GPS with the latest position technologies, as well as making full use of the in-built 3-axis electronic compass, much more precise than its analog counterparts, the device can always pinpoint your location with remarkable accuracy, even if you find yourself at the bottom of a canyon. 

You can already take it for a spin as soon as you have it out of the box thanks to the preinstalled world map, but should you need to add more of them the process is remarkably easy and straightforward, and the internal memory is also expandable up to 32 Gb. The barometric altimeter also works remarkably well should you need knowing how far up you’ve gone.


  • Very well built
  • Touch screen interface works smoothly
  • Very effective electronic compass
  • Comes pre-loaded with a world map


  • It May be expensive for beginners

Overall Rating

Overal_RatingUsability: 99% – With its beautiful screen and smooth and reliable responsiveness to the touch, the Garmin GPS Oregon 600 feels enjoyable to use and comfortable in hand. Everything you need is always readily accessible at the tip of your fingers, and the device’s build quality is reassuringly top-notch, with an IPX7 waterproof rating. Adding the optional BaseCamp software is very nice since it gives you the chance of precisely planning your trips from home before you start. 

Navigation is always clear and is never influenced by the weather conditions of the day, and will keep you right on track wherever you are headed while knowing you can count on top-notch battery life is very reassuring every time you head out on the trail. The two AA batteries already perform great, but if you want to push the device even further then the rechargeable NiMH pack is much recommended.

Precision: 99% – A GPS is only as good as it is precise, and the Garmin Oregon 600 doesn’t disappoint. Making good use of its very sensitive GPS and compatibility with WAAS and GLONASS systems, it can deliver precise results no matter the weather conditions or your location in the environment, or the position in which you are holding the device at the moment. 

The addition of a precise altimeter is a very welcome plus, and the ability to install virtually all the maps you may ever need make this device a formidable tool in the hands of an experienced hiker and a reassuring one for someone just getting into the sport. Being able to prepare your trips from home thanks to the BaseCamp software adds to the overall versatility and makes the GPS usable even from home.

Price: 97% – The Garmin Oregon 600 is a premium device, so the price tag reflects this, even if it remains reasonably well contained for an item of this quality. All things considered, if you need one of these then you will be ready to pay for it, knowing just how much you can rely on it on a day to day basis. If you are a beginner, it might be harder to justify the cost, but don’t go thinking that you can get away with an iPhone for navigating in nature, it can be dangerous! Overall, much will depend on your objectives as a hiker, so you will know if you can stretch as far as buying a GPS of this quality.

Overall: 98% – It is very hard to find a flaw in the Garmin Oregon 600 GPS, simply because it performs admirably well in almost every regard. It’s tough, waterproof, and delivers reliable information in every condition. The long battery life is also worthy of notice, and the possibility of sharing your routes and favorite spots with your friends is a nice touch that we know many hikers will appreciate. Overall, the Garmin Oregon 600 represents one of the best GPSs you can get for your money, so we believe any lover of the outdoors should give it a serious look before heading out of the door.

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Thanks to its blend of build quality, performance, and high-tech, the Garmin Oregon 600 is a near-perfect handheld GPS. If you can afford it, there is nothing you will be missing, and it will rapidly become an integral part of your outings, carrying you confidently over many obstacles and into unknown terrain.

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