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Kayaking and fishing are outdoor hobbies that truly never go out of style. As a matter of fact, they do not even go out of season especially for those who really are into it. Whether you are just a fishing enthusiast, a commercial fisherman or a professional in the field of marine life specifically of fish, you would know how important it is to have an up to date gear.
For this reason, I have scrimmaged for the latest and best GPS fish finders available. I kind of stumbled upon the Humminbird 410210-1 Helix 5 Chirp GPS G2 Fish Finder. If you happen to be someone who is planning on taking a chance on this gear, you are on the right page because I am going to unpack this gear with the things you have to know about it.
What's in the Box?
Let us start with what you will see in the box. On top of the box would be the device itself, the Chirp GPS GS2 Fish Finder. If you lift the device, you will find the accessories that comes with it. What comes with the box would be the transducer, the hardware for image processing and other functions, its power cable and the gimbel mount for better positioning and stability.
Some of the FAQs for what is in the box includes, does it come with a case? The answer is no. Its case is purchased separately. It fits perfectly so you can just attach it to your waist whenever you go out fishing. But you must also know that its cover is made of a material called neoprene so it is not water proof. It is also suggested that you buy a double ball mount for the Helix 5 for you to get a 360 degree movement for the gear. This is also bought separately and I can vouch that it is a good investment if you want to get the most out of the Helix 5.
Features, Specifications, and Benefits
I think that we can all agree on the fact that the Helix 5 has one of the most upgraded sets of features and specs available. The manufacturers clearly invested on imaging and navigation which is clearly manifested in its 5” screen with 1,500-nit brightness at an 800x480 resolution. Aside from this, the following features and specs totally makes it a good catch:
How is it Used
Because this part is quite technical, just spitting words would not be enough. I suggest that we turn for visuals in this section. Now I have found some helpful videos from installation to actually using it on fishing which I think will be helpful. For installation, you can check these videos from Sin City Outdoors and The Outdoor Thinker. On the installation and use part, you can watch these clips from Humminbird TV and Stones Corner Marine.
Pros and Cons
Here is a rundown of the pros and cons of the product:
Sonar Technology via CHIRP
Separate purchase gear cover.
Depth and transducer capability
Does not have battery saver feature when stationary.
Imaging and mapping precision
LED display, wide resolution and IPX7 water proof scale
NMEA 1083 port, Micro SD reader slot with upgradable internal software
Easy to install mounts and parts
So here is everything you need to know about the Humminbird Helix 5 CHIRP. Personally, I find it commendable but of course, the final verdict is still on your hands. Happy fishing!