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Garmin Tread® Base Edition

Portable GPS navigator with 5.5" display for powersports vehicles

Item # 1500240601

Side-by-side, ATV, and snowmobile owners can track their location easily with this rugged navigator

Side-by-side, ATV, and snowmobile owners can track their location easily with this rugged navigator

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About the Garmin Tread® Base Edition

Know where you are when you're off the map

The Tread Base Edition portable GPS navigator from Garmin is built to handle nearly any outdoor environment so you're sure to know where you're at, even when you're far from civilization. Take your ATV, UTV, snowmobile, or other off-road vehicle exploring nearly anywhere — Tread Base Edition's rugged construction can handle the elements with aplomb. It also offers a panoply of communication options so you can stay in touch with others if you get stuck. With detailed maps and on-point guidance leading the way, Garmin's Tread Base Edition is a must-have travel companion for the outdoors enthusiast.

Know where you are when you're off the map

The Tread Base Edition portable GPS navigator from Garmin is built to handle nearly any outdoor environment so you're sure to know where you're at, even when you're far from civilization. Take your ATV, UTV, snowmobile, or other off-road vehicle exploring nearly anywhere — Tread Base Edition's rugged construction can handle the elements with aplomb. It also offers a panoply of communication options so you can stay in touch with others if you get stuck. With detailed maps and on-point guidance leading the way, Garmin's Tread Base Edition is a must-have travel companion for the outdoors enthusiast.

Garmin Tread Base Edition portable GPS navigator

One tough customer

No matter the weather forecast, you can ride with the Tread Base Edition confidently, as its IPX7 waterproof rating makes it virtually impervious to moisture. Garmin designed this navigator to take on tough rides with aplomb, so don't be afraid of bumps along the way. It also features a long-lasting rechargeable battery with a hard-wire option. The included mounting gear works with roll cages, tube frames, and flat plates, plus RAM mounts.

See things from multiple views

The 5.5" touch display is more than just a pretty face. It features Garmin's brightest backlight yet, so you're sure to see the maps in the harshest of sunlight. It's also truly high definition, with a resolution of 720 pixels, for a crisp and clear view of maps, information, and more. The screen works in landscape or portrait mode, so you can change up your view depending on your mood. Multi-touch control lets you zoom the maps in or out with your fingers for a better view. This Garmin's also compatible with the Garmin BC 40 wireless rear-view camera (not included), so you can see more of where you're going, whether it's behind, to the side, or in front of you.

Built-in pitch and roll gauges

If you're taking your vehicle through rough terrain (and who isn't?), you want to make sure it keeps its wheels on the ground. The Tread's pitch and roll gauges can keep track of your vehicle's vertical and horizontal positions so you'll be able to tackle the next ridge with confidence.

Maps of the paved paths...

The Tread Base Edition features detailed street maps of the United States, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and more, plus millions of points of interest. You can also upload your favorite stops and create custom routes for your favorite adventures. Easy Route Shaping lets you add a point on the map to adjust your route, so you can ride through preferred areas or follow specific roads.

...and for the rest of the ground

Topographic off-road maps cover North and Central America, so Tread is a reliable companion on hiking or camping trips as well. You can explore with confidence, thanks to public land boundary maps for natural forests, Bureau of Land Management property, wilderness areas, and more. Plus you can see private land boundaries and landowner information for parcels four acres and larger. It also offers US Forest Service maps of roads and trails, including motor vehicle use info that'll indicate which ones are suitable for your side-by-side, full-size 4x4, ATV, or motorcycle.

Satellite images available

This navigator also offers access via the BirdsEye Direct Download app to BirdsEye Satellite Imagery around the world, so you can get detailed satellite images directly on the device by downloading over Wi-Fi®, without any annual subscription. Quickly toggle between on-road maps, topographic maps, and BirdsEye images, so you can always have the ideal map.

See the great outdoors

Garmin includes points of interest from Foursquare, iOverlander, TripAdvisor, and Ultimate Public Campgrounds, so you're sure to find nearby trails or campsites, including wild and dispersed locations. You can rely on the Tread Base Edition to lead the way even when you can't pick up cell service out in the sticks.

Guidance you can count on

You don't want to chance a last-second lane change for upcoming turns, so let Garmin's lane assist with junction view keep you on the right course. You'll also see 3D images of buildings and terrain to help you get your bearings. And the Tread Base Edition will let you know what accommodations and services are right by the nearest exit up ahead. Garmin's TracBack routing takes you back to your starting point along the same route you traveled, so you can revisit favorite spots.

Remembers your routes

Tread can start recording your ride as soon as you start your journey, allowing you to retrace your travels back to their starting point. The track recorder also shows you key data for time and distance covered, including elevation.

Comes with Wi-Fi®

Built-in Wi-Fi compatibility lets you update Tread's maps and software without an inconvenient wired connection to your computer. You can prepare for your next trip by uploading trails when connected to your home network, and then take advantage of your own portable Wi-Fi hotspot to get online when out in the wild.

Works with your Bluetooth® headset or helmet

Bluetooth wireless technology connects with your Bluetooth-enabled headset or helmet so you can hear the navigator's spoken directions over road noise. And if your helmet or headset's paired with a compatible phone, you can use the Tread to place and receive calls without touching your phone. You'll be able to call up destinations like hotels or restaurants from the road to make reservations without stopping.

Take your tunes with you

You can pair your smartphone with the Tread Base Edition to control your digital tunes and hear them through your Bluetooth helmet or headset. You can also connect your portable music player through the Tread mount's USB port and enjoy your tunes through the navigator. Or you can add MP3s directly to the Tread and play them as you ride.

Garmin Tread app

Garmin's Tread app keeps up with your busy lifestyle, including delivering smartphone notifications for incoming calls and texts on your navigator's screen, along with other important alerts. It'll also let you access live weather forecasts, reports on nearby traffic, and other helpful travel info. It also syncs your waypoints, tracks, routes, and collections across devices. You can import and export geocaching GPX files, saving paper and giving you more time to search.

Keep up with your pups

The Tread Base Edition can also pair wirelessly with select Garmin GPS dog tracking systems (sold separately). You can track and retrieve your sporting dogs in the field, with markers for each dog within tracking range overlaid right on the Tread navigation app. You can follow and locate each dog with ease by using directional cues.

Maintain contact with the Garmin Explore app and inReach technology

Garmin's Explore app lets you map, sync, and share your adventures from anywhere, including regions without cell coverage. And the app's your lifeline to the Iridium global satellite network, so when you trigger an SOS the GEOS 24/7 emergency response team will track your device and contact the nearest emergency responders.

If you're part of an expedition, text communication with the rest of your crew is easy as long as you're all using compatible Garmin handhelds, wearables, or other mobile devices with inReach — you also get LiveTrack location sharing so people can follow your position remotely. inReach weather forecasts can keep your device up-to-date on changing conditions nearby. A subscription is required to access the Iridium global satellite network.

Stay in touch with optional Group Ride Radio

The Tread Base Edition works with Garmin's optional Group Ride Radio accessory (sold separately) so you can easily keep up with your riding buddies. Simply plug the radio's short VHF antenna into the Tread and use the push-to-talk fist mic to talk with up to 19 of your friends without worrying about cell coverage. It even provides group tracking and canned text messaging for other riders with a Tread. You get between 0.5 and 2 miles of coverage, depending on the terrain. If you want to go hands-free, pair the Tread with your Bluetooth® headset or helmet.

Add simple command of your accessories

Got some sweet 12-volt add-ons for your vehicle? Garmin's optional PowerSwitch digital switch box offers convenient command of your accessories through one stowaway box that can be controlled through the Tread Base Edition or your smartphone. You can wire up to six different accessory outputs (including light bars, horns, air compressors, differential locks, and more — up to 100 amps total output) to one rugged PowerSwitch box, then get wireless control of them all using the Tread or Garmin's free PowerSwitch app for your smartphone or tablet. 


Product highlights:

  • portable GPS navigator for powersports vehicles
  • 5.5" color (1280 x 720 pixels) capacitive dual-orientation display with multi-touch control
  • 32GB internal memory for additional maps
  • powersports mounting kit with power cable and hardware (compatible with RAM mounts)
  • trim rings, USB cable, and rechargeable battery with up to 6 hours of life (3.5 hours at 100% backlight)
  • Bluetooth for receiving directions through compatible helmet or headset; hands-free calling through phone paired with helmet or headset
  • built-in MP3 player with ability to control audio from your Bluetooth phone or device
Navigation Features:
  • preloaded with topographic basemaps and road maps for North America
  • private landowner maps, USFS Roads and Trails maps, and Motor Vehicle Use Maps for full-size 4x4, ATV, Side by Side and motorcycle
  • millions of points of interest from Foursquare and TripAdvisor
  • outdoor/off-road points of interest from iOverlander and Ultimate Public Campgrounds (allows custom points of interest)
  • preloaded with street maps for the United States, Canada, and Mexico, plus U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, and Cayman Islands
  • works with BirdsEye Direct Download for satellite maps downloaded over Wi-Fi (no subscription necessary)
  • text-to-speech voice prompts announce road names at turns
  • route recording and backtrack
  • pitch and roll gauges
  • barometric altimeter and 3-axis electronic compass
  • Adventurous Routing finds hilly and curvy routes
  • TracBack lets you retrace your steps without marking any waypoints
  • compatible with Bluetooth helmets and headsets
  • built-in Wi-Fi for wireless map and software updates
  • compatible with Garmin Tread app:
    • access to Garmin Live Services including fuel prices, traffic reports, and weather reports
    • onscreen notifications of incoming calls, texts, calendar reminders, and app updates
  • built-in Garmin Explore app:
    • provides off-grid navigation
    • sync tracks, routes, and waypoints across your devices wirelessly
    • download additional maps including U.S. satellite imagery, public lands, and USGS quad sheets
  • works with Garmin inReach satellite devices (subscription required)
  • microSD™ card slot
  • compatible with optional Garmin wireless camera
  • compatible with optional Garmin Group Ride Radio kit for push-to-talk communication with up to 19 other riders within 1-2 miles
  • compatible with optional Garmin PowerSwitch digital switch box for 12-volt accessories
Other Features and Specs:
  • certified IPX-7 waterproof housing (submersible in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes)
  • dimensions: 5.941"W x 3.53"H x 0.945"D
  • weight: 9.2 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # 010-02406-01

What's in the box:

  • Powersports GPS navigator
  • Blue trim ring (installed)
  • Black trim ring
  • Green trim ring
  • Red trim ring
  • Roll bar device mount
  • Rubber pipe clamp sleeve
  • Double-socket arm
  • AV/Side-by-side mount
  • Base plate with 1" ball
  • Four M4 x 20mm panhead screws
  • 4 Flat washers
  • 4 Spacers
  • Four M4 Nylock nuts
  • 6' Power cable (2-pin connector on one end and bare power/ground wires on other end)
  • 2 Ring terminals (for 14-16 gauge - 5/16" ring diameter)
  • 19" USB cable (Type A USB on one end and Mini-B USB on other end)
  • Four 10" zip ties
  • Four M1.5 x 5mm screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Installation Instructions
  • Important Safety and Product Information

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More details on the Garmin Tread® Base Edition

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Features & specs

Maps Free lifetime updates
Map Coverage N Amer topo, street, Public La
Points of Interest Millions
Multiple Destination Routing Yes
Screen Size 5.5"
Widescreen Yes
Bluetooth Capable Yes
Photo Viewer No
Digital Audio Playback Yes
Text To Speech Yes
Voice Control No
Traffic Information North America
Dynamic Content Services Via Tread app
Removable Memory Type microSD card (to 256 GB)
Battery Life 6 Hours
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

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Overview: The Garmin Tread is a portable GPS navigation device for off-road use in your ATV, side-by-side, or other powersport vehicle. Tread includes a powered mount that can be securely attached to a roll bar or handlebar. The device has an IPX7 weather-resistance rating, and can withstand direct rain or snow, and even incidental submersion in up to 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes. Tread has a 5.5" (diagonal) touchscreen display that can be oriented horizontally (landscape) or vertically (portrait). The device is preloaded with topographic and street maps. You can also pair the device with a compatible Garmin dog tracking system to help track and retrieve your sporting dogs in the field.

5.5" Touchscreen Display: Tread's 5.5" HD glass display has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels with white backlight. It features multi-touch response, allowing you to zoom in and out with "pinch" and "spread" two-finger actions. The display is easily viewed in bright sunlight as well as pitch dark.

Preloaded Maps: Tread is equipped with a 32 GB internal flash memory preloaded with plenty of maps to show you where you are and where you're going. The device includes topography maps for point-to-point navigation, and street maps for turn-by-turn navigation. Also included are government maps of US Public lands and US Forest Service Roads and Trails, with Motor Vehicle Use information for motorcycles, ATVs, Side-by-Sides, and full-size 4x4s. Boundary lines are drawn for privately-owned land and parcels larger than 4 acres, including information on the landowner. Additional maps can be downloaded onto an optional microSD card (up to 256 GB) inserted in the back of the device. Periodic map updates are available at no charge for your device from Garmin.

Note: As of December 2021, Tread has the following maps loaded: City Navigator North America NT, TopoActive PS Americas (North + Central), North America Adventure Roads and Trails, Garmin Public Land Maps, National Parks, and North America DEM (digital elevation model).

BirdsEye Satellite Imagery: High-resolution map images can be downloaded directly to the device from BirdsEye Satellite Imagery. Detailed satellite images and raster-based topographical maps can be obtained without the required annual subscription. The satellite images provide true representation of your surroundings using high-res color imagery. The TOPO Raster maps are high-quality USGS and NRC raster maps with a real-life view of the terrain, as well as points of interest. To obtain BirdsEye Satellite Imagery on Tread, you must be connected to a wireless network (Wi-Fi).

Off-Road Navigation: Tread can navigate you from point-to-point where there aren't always roads to get you there. You can create and save a route from your current location to one or more destinations. Off-road routes are shown as a straight line, with multiple waypoints along the way. As you travel, Tread records your path, along with time, location, and elevation data, which can be saved a "track." Tracks can be saved to your device when it is paired with a Garmin Explore account. When you return to the location in the future, you can follow your recorded track using the Explore app. The TracBack feature records the most recent segment of your movement, allowing you to retrace your recent track to get back to a specific previous location.

On-Road Navigation: Tread can be used like other traditional Garmin GPS navigators when you're navigating on the highways. It features spoken turn-by-turn directions, millions of points of interest by categories (i.e. restaurants, gas stations, rest stops, and hotels), and a trip planner. Sources for points of interest include Ultimate Campgrounds and iOverlander, which provides information and directions for public campgrounds nearby, Trip Advisor, Powersport, and History Channel. There are also driver warnings for upcoming hazards, such as sharp turns or steep grades, as well as red light and speed camera warnings where available. If you are seeking a more enjoyable ride, Tread can calculate a more adventurous route that favors more curves and hills, and fewer highways.

Pitch and Roll: The device can display the angle of your vehicle based on calibrated measurements. When your vehicle is traveling over difficult terrain, the pitch and roll angle measurements can provide warnings that your vehicle may become unstable. You can set the pitch and roll warning angles in the menu. Before using the Pitch and Roll function, the device must first be calibrated on a flat, level surface, setting the readings to zero. For the Pitch and Roll warnings to be effective, you must not adjust or relocate the device after calibration.

GPS: The Tread device utilizes the US-based Global Positioning System (GPS) and the European Galileo constellation of navigation satellites to pinpoint your exact location, and to help you navigate the trails, backroads, and highways of North America.

ABC Sensors: Tread is equipped with internal altimeter, barometer, and compass sensors, each with automatic calibration. When the device is connected to the powered mount, it uses GPS data to determine the compass heading. When removed from the mount, the device uses its built-in compass.

Dog System Compatible: Tread has the capability, through a software update, to wirelessly pair with select Garmin GPS dog systems. This will allow you to track and retrieve your sporting dogs in the field. Markers for each dog are overlaid on the Tread's navigation map, with directional cues to help you follow and locate each dog you're tracking. The update can be obtained through Garmin Express desktop software or a wireless update of the Tread device when you connect it to an active Wi-Fi network. This new feature works with the following Garmin dog systems: Alpha 100, Alpha 200i, Astro 320, Astro 430, Astro 900, and PRO 500 Plus.

Optional Backup Camera: Tread can display the video feed from one or more Garmin BC 40 wireless backup cameras. For best results, you should first align the guidance lines so that they reflect the outside edges of the vehicle.

inReach Compatible: You can use Tread as a remote control for a Garmin inReach satellite communication device. You can send messages, view weather reports, trigger an SOS alert, and more. Tread communicates with the inReach device via ANT+ wireless protocol. Compatible inReach devices include:

Live Smartphone Services: When Tread is paired to your smartphone, you can use the Garmin Tread app to receive smart notifications, live weather information, and live traffic data. Notifications and messages on your phone appear on Tread's display. Real-time weather forecasts, road conditions, and weather radar are available for your current location, as well as other cities. The app sends live traffic data to the device, including traffic incidents, delays, construction zones, and road closings. Live services require the Garmin Tread app on your smartphone. The app is compatible with Apple iPhone/iPad/iPod touch running iOS 12.0 or later, and with Android devices running version 6.0 and up.

Hands-free Calling: The Bluetooth connection from your phone allows you to place and receive phone calls while using your connected Bluetooth headset.

Digital Music Player: Tread's built-in music player lets you play music loaded on the device, or from a paired phone to your Bluetooth headset or helmet. Basic playback controls on Tread let you play/pause, skip forward, skip backward, and turn on/off random play.

Garmin PowerSwitch: The optional Garmin PowerSwitch adds wireless control for your vehicle's connected 12-volt accessories. You can connect your vehicle's light bars, air compressor, horn, fans, and other devices to the PowerSwitch, and control them from Tread's display on the PowerSwitch app. PowerSwitch has a total of six circuits, rated up to 30 amps each, or a total of 100 amps. Not only can your turn the connected devices on or off, you can create routines to turn switches on or off when certain conditions are met, such as time of day or when your vehicle reaches a certain speed. Up to four Garmin PowerSwitches can be accessed from a single display.

Power Requirements: Tread comes with a tube mount that attaches the device to a vertical roll bar or similar tubular structure. The included 6-foot power cable hardwires to your vehicle's 12-volt electrical system, and has a proprietary plug that integrates into the tube mount. Tread's built-in Lithium-ion rechargeable battery lets you operate the device without a powered mount for up to 6 hours on a full charge. When the display is at 100% brightness, the battery life decreases to approximately 3.5 hours. The included USB cable can power the unit when it's plugged into your computer or a plug-in USB power supply (1A output or more recommended).

Installation: Tread's Tube Mount lets you install the device on a roll bar or similar structure with a circumference of 1.5" to 2.375" with a pipe clamp-type of fastener. The mount fits into the Tube Mount with an AMPS base plate and 1" ball mount. The dual ball socket arm gives you flexibility to adjust the device for best visibility. Tread securely snaps into the mount and connects to the power cord contacts.

Trim Rings: You can customize the look of the Tread device with interchangeable trim rings. Trim rings in blue (installed), green, red, and black are included.

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Does it have routable forestry roads loaded for Canada?
[ Greg  Mar 04, 2022 ]
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This unit has varying degrees of coverage in Canada. Garmin is able to checking the ones you are interested in and I recommend contacting them by calling 913-397-8200 for this help
[ Paul  Mar 07, 2022 ]  Staff
Does this come with snowmobile trails loaded on it?
[ Brian  Jan 16, 2022 ]
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It does include trails that become snowmobile trails during the winter.
[ Paul  Jan 18, 2022 ]  Staff

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