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Garmin Striker 5cv

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Striker 5cv

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5"2D CHIRP,
CHIRP ClearVü
1,750' 2D,
830' Cv
InternalNo

The Garmin Striker 5cv is not far different from last years Garmin Striker 5dv. However, according to Garmin, the ClearVü sonar technology offers a slightly wider imaging than DownVü. The unit that we’re going to cover here is the 010-01807-00, the part number that includes the ClearVü transducer.

Technical Details and Specifications

  • Screen: 5″ diagonal, 800H x 480V pixel resolution, WVGA color, backlit
  • Sonar: 2D CHIRP & ClearVü
  • Frequency & coverage:
    • 2D Sonar: 200 kHz / 15° and 77 kHz / 45°
    • ClearVü: 455 kHz / 2.5° (fore to aft) x 53°, 800 kHz / 1.6° (fore to aft) x 29°
  • Depth Capability:
    • 1,750 ft (533 m) freshwater
    • 830 ft (253 m) saltwater
  • Transducer: CV20-TM
  • Transmit power: 500 W (RMS)
  • GPS: High-sensitivity, internal
  • Maps: No
  • Waypoints: 5,000

Sonar and transducer

The Garmin Striker 5cv features two types of sonar, 2D CHIRP and ClearVü. The unit itself is capable of 50/77/200 kHz for 2D and 455/800 kHz for ClearVü. However, it comes with the ClearVü transducer CV20-TM which only covers the 77/200 kHz frequencies for 2D and both 455/800 kHz for Cv. This transducer integrates a temperature sensor, comes with approx. 20′ of cable (6 m) and the box includes both a transom and trolling motor mount for it. Also, this transducer is slightly bigger than the older GT20-TM which was supplied with the Striker 5dv unit, so it may not be compatible with older mounts that you may have.

All the Garmin fish finders within the Striker series, including the Striker 5dv, have CHIRP sonar technology. This means they can provide a better target definition and separation, and clearer images with less clutter. This being said, the unit can focus much better on fish targets that with a unit without CHIRP.

With the included transducer, this unit can use Mid-Range CHIRP and High Range CHIRP. Also, for the Cv sonar, the pulse is modulated over a range of frequencies between 435-475 kHz and 800-840 kHz.

For the unit’s CHIRP 2D sonar the transducer uses conical beams, of approx. 15° (200 kHz) and 45° (77 kHz). For ClearVü the beams are wider, with a coverage of 53° (455 kHz) and 29° (800 kHz) but they are very thin fore-to-aft wise, being more like the beams of a scanner.

The unit’s depth capability with the included transducer is 1,750 ft (533 m) for freshwater and 830 ft (253 m) for saltwater. However, with a 50 kHz transducer, its depth capabilities can reach 2,300 ft (701 m).

This Garmin fish finder doesn’t have Sonar Recording and Sonar Rewind functions. However, it does include several useful standard sonar functions. Among them, we can count Bottom Lock, A-Scope, Circular Flasher, AutoGain, Fish Symbol ID, Temperature Graph, Fish Alarms etc.

Fish Symbol ID is a function that replaces fish arches with fish icons. Each fish will have its depth displayed next to it. The Circular Flasher mode is a circular depth scale, which also incorporates information regarding the targets caught by the sonar beams. The inner rings of the Flasher indicate depth, while the segments flashing on the outer rings indicate different strengths of the sonar returns. This function is great for stationary fishing or ice fishing.

Bottom Lock focuses the view of the sonar onto the bottom. It’s best to be used along with the Fish Symbol ID function, in order to have a better view of the fish that are feeding close to the bottom.

A-Scope is also a flasher but vertical. It appears next to the 2D sonar window and displays the information caught by the most recent sonar echo. Auto Gain gives you the possibility to setup the unit to automatically filter unwanted noise, while Ultrascroll allows you to scan at higher boat speeds, enabling the sonar data to scroll faster. However, even with the Ultrascroll function ON, at higher speeds, over 40-50 MPH, images will lose quality.

Navigation features

Unlike the echoMAP units, such as the echoMAP CHIRP 54cv for example, the Striker 5cv unit does not have any charts and doesn’t have the QuickDraw Contours function. It also cannot be upgraded with any charts because it is not equipped with an SD or microSD card reader.

The unit uses a blank “waypoint map” for navigation, on which you can mark waypoints in order to return to your hot fishing spots, boat ramps and docks. The unit can store up to 5,000 waypoints in its internal memory. It also offers a decent array of icons to assign to your waypoints, in order to make them more suggestive and appropriate to your points of interest.

The unit integrates a high-sensitivity internal GPS. It can show the coordinates (latitude and longitude) for your location and waypoints. Also, via the GPS system, the unit can calculate the speed of your boat.

Control unit features

The Striker 5cv unit doesn’t have networking capabilities such as NMEA or Ethernet connectors. It also doesn’t have a card reader so you cannot add any charts to it.

It’s has a WVGA color 5-inch display, with a pixel matrix of 800H x 480V, and adjustable LED backlight. Thus, it offers excellent readability in direct sunlight. It’s IPX7 waterproof which basically means that it can withstand incidental water exposure.

The box includes a classic tilt-and-swivel mount. The transducer has both trolling and transom mounts. However, a unit cover is not included.

The Pros

  • CHIRP 2D and ClearVü sonar;
  • 77/200 kHz, ClearVü (455/800 kHz) and temperature capable transducer included;
  • Dual-frequency sonar – which means you can use both 2D beams simultaneously;
  • Various sonar features such as Fish Symbols, A-Scope, Ultrascroll, Flasher etc;
  • High-sensitivity GPS;
  • Can save up to 5,000 waypoints;
  • Can show coordinates;
  • Can calculate the speed of your boat;
  • IPX waterproof and LED backlight for better readability in direct sunlight;
  • Easy to install;
  • Affordable unit.

The Cons

  • Unit cover not included;
  • No microSD card reader;
  • No NMEA connectivity.

Summary

The Garmin Striker 5cv is a great unit for freshwater use, but due to its powerful CHIRP sonar, it can also serve as a great fish finder for coastal waters. It only has basic navigation functions, however, these should be just enough for any angler who doesn’t require a dedicated chartplotter unit, and wants to save some money on such features. It focuses on supplying the best sonar technologies available, and for quite an affordable price. It’s an excellent unit for any small boat or kayak, and with a portable kit, it can make an excellent unit for ice fishing.

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