Gear Review: Garmin Striker Plus

What is it?

Garmin Striker Plus

What sets it apart?

Garmin packs a lot of tech into an affordable unit that offers a solid entry-level choice for first-timers and a tempting upgrade option for existing Striker users. With the built-in GPS, Quickdraw Contours mapping software, users can create and store their own HD contour maps — up to 2 million acres with 1-foot contours. Strike Plus provides built-in CHIRP traditional sonar and CHIRP ClearVü and SideVü scanning sonar technology with crystal clear fish arches and impressive target separation.

How do I use it?

The Striker Plus lineup offers 4-, 5-, 7- and 9-inch sizes, each boasting a brilliant color display that’s sunlight readable, a rugged design and a keyed interface that’s built to withstand the harshest conditions. Units come with transom- and trolling-motor transducer and mounting hardware and offer flexible mounting so you can tilt them to your preferred viewing angle. In-dash installation is made possible with an optional flush-mount kit. Garmin made the Striker Plus units compatible with several optional transducers for customized sonar performance.

How much?

$139.99 to $699.99

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Angler’s insight:

A couple of cool Striker Plus points: The Quickdraw Contours software instantly shows contours with onscreen labels generated as the boat moves, with the option of real-time viewing or background creation for later use. Also, the 7- and 9-inch models include built-in Wi-Fi that allows users to connect a compatible mobile device with a Striker Plus unit via Garmin’s free all-in-one Garmin ActiveCaptain mobile app. Doing so facilitates waypoint and route transfer, smart notifications and software updates, while allowing users to share or download user-collected data through the Quickdraw Contours Community.