What We Like About the Garmin Zumo XT

Jul 30, 2020by Dean Shirley

Garmin Zumo XT

The Garmin Zumo XT is the little brother to the Garmin Overlander. The Zumo is available in either a 4.3” or 5.5” screen. Unlike the Overlander, the Zumo is waterproof and comes with mounting brackets and wiring for motorcycle handlebars. It can also be mounted in side-by-side or single seat ATVs - and there is an optional mount kit which allows the Zumo to be mounted in a car, truck, or SUV.

Both the Zumo and the Overlander come with on-road and off-road navigation apps built into the device. Switching between the two is seamless via the large touch-screen and easily read graphical interface. Large buttons make accessing features easy with touch-capable riding gloves. The screen is bright with vibrant colors making the Zumo easy to read while in direct sunlight.

The only feature missing from the Zumo that the Overlander has is the built-in database of camping sites. However if all you need, or want, is purely a navigation device then the cost-savings of the Zumo is a win without paying for a feature you won’t need on something like the Overlander.

The magnetic mount on the back of the device keeps it firmly planted on the dock which also serves as the device's charger. This means it stays put when you want it, but can easily be removed when you want to take it with you.

The last thing we like about the Zumo is the price point. The 4.3” version retails for $399.99 and the 5.5” version retails for $499.99. This is a considerable cost savings compared to the $699.99 retail price of the larger Overlander. The obvious buyer is the motorcycle or ATV enthusiast, however we also think people with open-top vehicles (convertibles, Jeeps, older FJ cruisers, etc) would benefit from the device’s waterproof nature.