With the Garmin Zumo 395LM, you have all that you can wish for in a motorcycle GPS navigator. The best of the features in one single package that makes your travel not only easier and faster, but more exciting than before. Read along our Garmin Zumo 395LM review and you will find the good and the bad of the GPS navigator to make the final decision about your purchase.
The Zumo 395LM comes with the features that you would easily expect like music, hands-free calling, and Bluetooth. It further comes with Garmin’s specialty technologies like the Adventurous Routing and free map updates, which are all reasons that it made it on our list of the best motorcycle GPS systems.
Pros, cons, and features of the Garmin Zumo 395LM
The 4.3” screen is sunlight-ready and supports a 480×272 pixels resolution. That resolution on this screen size is the perfect resolution, therefore making the appearance of on-screen text and terrain details much clearer than other GPS navigators.
The Adventurous Routing gives you access to “twisty, hilly, terrain-hugging roads” instead of the common straight roads. It also avoids highways. You can use it to have a more exciting time while on your journey. We thoroughly abused this feature and it was worth it every single time.
There is a good deal of information that you get when you travel with the 395LM on your motorcycle. For example, there are these rider alerts that notify you of multiple critical things like animal crossings, speed cameras, sharp curves, red lights, state helmet laws, and so on. Not too reliable, but this information can come in handy in the trickiest of places. Always make sure you are making the most of these alerts.
As it is an LM model, you get lifetime map updates support. Whenever the Garmin maps update, it doesn’t matter. You will always have the best and most accurate navigation under your belt.
Now for the drawbacks of the product. The Garmin Zumo 395LM is very short on battery life once it no more has a power supply. In other words, once off the mount, you will have but a short while to use it (more than three hours, still). Further, some models have an impaired Bluetooth service. The signal is either weak or the MP3 play service through Bluetooth doesn’t work well. If you encounter a poor Bluetooth in your product, make sure you replace it as soon as possible.
Our findings: Garmin Zumo 395LM review
This is the 2016 model. The Zumo 395LM builds up on the achievements of its predecessors while learning from their mistakes at the same time. We found the 395LM to be a major improvement over the other models of Garmin GPS navigators for motorcycles. For example, one of the finest examples would be the simplification of the power cord. It used to be a bunch of cables in the past, but it is just one cable now. It has been perfected to such a degree that there is barely any competition in this price range. In fact, it ranks #5 in the powersports GPS category on Amazon.
The entire North America is covered. There is the option to toggle between street and City Tour options. So, whichever mode of navigation suits you, you can now directly and easily select it.
The screen buttons are glove-friendly and you won’t face any challenge or obstacle in using the device with your winter or biking gloves. The rugged design is a given. Further, the Zumo 395LM is resistant to most of the elements that could cause trouble for a motorcycle GPS navigator like fuel vapors, rain, UV rays, and so on. All in all, it is the perfect companion on long journeys and distant travels.
There is the option to use it with tire pressure monitor system and VIRB action cameras. We would recommend Garmin action cameras, but others work as well.
The hands-free calling through Bluetooth and the MP3 player are both working in fine condition even after extensive usage. The design is rugged and very suitable for the kind of work you would like it to do.
We also found that in some areas, the Adventurous Routing isn’t so adventurous after all. In other words, sometimes you might be taken directly into cities or through highways when you want to avoid exactly that. We hope with the constant updates they will revise their Adventurous Routing further for a better user experience for all of us.
Customer response for the Zumo 395LM
The simplicity and user-friendliness of the Zumo 395LM is much better than most of the competitors. This is something the customers actively love. Yes, there are problems regarding the shortcomings of the device, but more than that there are great advantages to using it.
The Zumo 395LM has mixed ratings. However, most negative ratings come from isolated cases of malfunctioning. There are many, many customers of Garmin who use the 395LM and the 595LM on a daily basis and face no problems whatsoever. We ourselves know many who love to use these products heavily.
Wrapping up the review
If you can shell out even more, we would recommend going for the Garmin Zumo 595LM. There are a few improvements over the 395Lm in the 595Lm one. First of all, the screen size is bigger (4.3” vs. 5.0”). There is a dual-orientation display, support for 3D terrain, smartphone notifications support, and LiveTrack.
The Zumo 395LM is, however, a good piece in itself. Not everyone wants to shell out $300 more for fancier options. Most probably, the 395LM is what you need for most basic stuff. Also, beginners are recommended the 395LM over the 595LM by us. The decision is up to you, however.
The Garmin Zumo 395LM is not a product that is going to disappoint you. In fact, it will be with you for a very long time, all the while delivering on the expectations and being a good travel companion. With its robust features and great design, it withstands the toughest of weather and gives you the best of navigational features.