An update on the Garmin Tactix.


A couple of weeks ago I went on a bit of a rant about my Garmin Tactix.

Essentially, it decided not to get a lock over several hours of me wandering around the bush in the Kaimanawa Ranges.

It must have gotten the attention of Garmin on the whole – because within a week I was contacted by both the local distributer and Garmin themselves (credit to the responsiveness of the company).


The suggestion was to update the firmware and reset the watch.

This was something I had already done – but with a twist- I had been using Garmin Basecamp – which told me there was no update to do. It was suggested I use Garmin Express – which did tell me I had a firmware update to do.

So – the Watch now has the latest Firmware and has been reset.

While I understand Firmware can solve a lot of problems, I am still not sure why the watch seemed to work ok, then not.


At the moment, it seems to be getting a lock without problem – it’s still slow, but I recognize that is part and parcel of the nature of the unit. It doesn’t matter if it takes a couple of minutes to get a lock, as long as it does. I would be keen on a watch that also utilises the GLONASS system as well – like the E-Trex30. Yes. That means the newer Fenix 3.

To be honest, my faith is still a little shaken in the unit – so over the next couple of trips I will be carrying the E-Trex30 as well as the Tactix.