Skip to main content Skip to main content

Garmin's New Force Wins ICAST Best of Show

It's the second year in a row the company won the top prize.

Garmin’s foray into the world of trolling motors was admittedly a risk.

Known in the fishing word more for its fish-finding expertise, Garmin still unveiled its Force trolling motor this week at ICAST 2019 and it paid off with winning the popular fishing show’s Best of Show award for the second consecutive year. Last year, Garmin’s Panoptix LiveScope live-scan sonar won the top prize.

“It’s validation of all the hard work that we put into it,” Garmin’s Dave Dunn said. “It was a long shot when we decided to do this. This proves it was worth it.”

The Force continues Garmin’s commitment to freshwater fishing and to bringing innovation to the marketplace. Fellow electronics maker Lowrance also unveiled its first trolling motor this year — the well-received Ghost — creating a buzz around a product catergory where long-standing makers Minn Kota and MotorGuide have been top of the heap for years.


“It’s a heavily contested category and the two dominant market players have been there forever,” Dunn said. “So, it’s pretty brave for Garmin and Lowrance to go into a category like this.


“We’re both known for something vastly different. But to be honest, we felt both companies could propel the industry a little bit more and add some innovation … It makes better products and better fishermen.”

Garmin has been coming to ICAST for about 15 years, but last year’s Best of Show and Best of Category wins were the company’s first-ever at the show.

“It’s amazing. We’re honored people have embraced our product.”

MSRP on the Garmin Force is $3,099.99.


Learn more about the Force in this video

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

Popular Videos

Tow Ready in 2: How to Choose the Right Size Hitch Ball and Mount for Towing

Tow Ready in 2: How to Choose the Right Size Hitch Ball and Mount for Towing

To tow a trailer safely, you must select and use the right equipment. This equipment includes the trailer ball and mount. In this episode of “B&W Hitches: Tow Ready in 2” Dr. Todd Kuhn addresses the importance of selecting the correct size trailer hitch ball and mount for your tow vehicle.

Understanding Kayak Hull Design and Deciding What is Best for You

Understanding Kayak Hull Design and Deciding What is Best for You

In this video we discuss how hull design effects your kayak fishing experience and what you should look for when picking out a kayak.

Two-Person Tandem Kayak Options: Crescent Crew & Hobie Mirage Compass Duo

Two-Person Tandem Kayak Options: Crescent Crew & Hobie Mirage Compass Duo

In this video we discuss the benefits of considering tandem kayak options, like the Crescent Crew, which can be ideal for families with small children or pets.

See All Videos

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

Buy Digital Single Issues

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Game & Fish App

Other Magazines

See All Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get the top Game & Fish stories delivered right to your inbox every week.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Game & Fish subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now