Posted by Robert
This works great as a fishfinder. Bright screen, clear sonar returns both in down view and traditional sonar, good target separation and detail. The GPS part is not very user-friendly, saving waypoints and tracks is a pain.
Posted by Randy
Great unit for the price! Purchased mine a few months ago, and have used it a variety of water depths up to 600′ and it performs flawlessly. Setup and navigating through menus is a breeze. Down imaging is amazing! My only beef is that I wish it came with the protective screen cover…having problems finding someone who stocks them in Canada.
Posted by swamp man
Easy set up; just connect the red and black wires, get some stainless hardware to mount to, and you should be good to go. I took the 5dv out fishing straight off, and had ZERO problems. I like the way it lets me customize my screens. I was able to catch more fish and mark the spots so I could return later and catch even more! I was glad to see it was totally waterproof. I got hammered with heavy rain and the unit kept on working without a glitch. For the price, the Striker is hard to beat.
Posted by Clint
I picked up this fishfinder a week ago and I’m still in the process of testing it. I’m getting older and I like the larger screen. I bought the Striker especially for the GPS features. I installed the transducer only for backup as I already have a Furuno. So far I like the way the GPS works with it.
I’m transferring all the waypoints from old handheld GPS. The Garmin can sort the waypoint list alphabetically, by distance, or via it’s built-in icons. This is a handy feature and I wouldn’t get another GPS without it.
There’s only one GPS display, so you can’t show the plotter and the waypoints at the same time, which would be nice. But on the sonar the unit lets me customize my screen to see whatever I want. The “compass” is actually a horizontal ribbon across the plotter screen, which I’m not sure I like, but you can turn if off easily enough.
Posted by Norm Breaux
The installation was confusing. The instructions weren’t much more than a small diagram showing the different mount options. There were four colored wires, which had me confused, so I called Garmin tech support and was told I should just use the red and black wires. So why include a blue and a brown one? Still not sure what they’re for. Then they tell me I also need to get a memory chip and plug that in, but it took a while to find the plug for that. Better instructions would be much appreciated. Anyway, I finally got it all installed and running, and looking forward to testing it out.
Posted by Adam Jimenez
I can’t recommend the 5cv unit just yet. I found that the cable connector pins were so short that they barely engage. I’m afraid they’ll keep popping loose and ruin the experience. The transom mounting screws were a joke, so I had to get my own stainless fasteners. The worst part is the enclosed documentation was skimpy, at best. I’m still looking for a decent user manual online. But I finally got it hooked up and will put it to the test.
Posted by Anthony Elliott
Ive looked and looked compared finders, thought the 5 was the best for the money..
Intructions wasnt much…
User manual joke..
As well use differant screws and hard ware..
Still trying to understand the technology.. “Still hung up on eight trac” over all i like it…
Took it for its first run yesterday
Had a blast….
Posted by Albert Collins
I got a Garmin Stricker 5cv. Hooking up hardware was not too bad. When I was out to use it, I could not see anything on the screen. Called Garmin, their tech helped me turn up the brightness. The tech was very helpful, I told him I was on the lake. It works fine, the more I use it, the more I learn.
Posted by Michael
Garmin must be nuts… You dont get instruction book with purchase. I called customer service (sic) and smart-ass rep was beligerant and upset that i even ask for instructions. Told the snowflake that i am reired VP of one of largest electronics manufacturing companies on the planet and couldnt fathom that they refuse to supply the publication. He said he would send it. 7 days later i get Xerox in black and white that was reduced in size. Incredibly inept, marketing management.
Posted by JPOHLIC
I bought this primarily to use as a flasher for ice fishing with the added bonus of being able to use it on my boats in the summer. I did not buy the ice bundle as I got a great deal on the standard unit with the GT20 transducer, however I did order a GT8HW transducer for ice fishing. I have 4 holes (about 2 ft apart) in my ice shack and in shallow water less than 10′ the Striker 5 was able to locate jigs in the 2 adjacent holes with the GT20 but not with the GT8HW even when it was set to 24 degrees. Also, the GT20 transducer allows you to view both the flasher and the graph on the same screen but the GT8HW does not. Using the GT20 was a pain as I had it mounted to a pole to keep it level and lowered it down the hole, where the GT8HW was much easier to use when ice fishing.
Posted by Tony's Boat Works
Bought this unit, and it was a very pleasant surprise!
Super easy to use, no instructions needed for anyone who has even modest experience using fish finders. The menus are very clear and simple.
The standard fish finder is very sensitive, and the Down View scanner is amazing! Trolling at 2 MPH revealed many amazing bottom features that I never knew were there. Just like the sample images you see online.
Overall, I am very, very impressed. Quite a step up from my old Lowrance, and I had really liked that unit!
Thanks, Garmin. I actually like this product.