At the beginning of August Garrett gave us a chance to test out the new Garrett AT Max Metal Detector at the beach. Of course, when Garrett asked us if we wanted to try the AT Max out we jumped at the chance.  Our main objective was to get some of the questions we have seen you ask all over the internet answered and finally address how will the AT Max work at the beach. Plus who doesn’t love a good day at the beach metal detecting!


Kellyco's veteran sales team member and "AT PRO GURU" Stevie Ray Meeks was given the great responsibility to take the AT Max out on an excursion to New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Not that he minded much! Stevie Ray initially expected the detector to work similarly to the AT Pro, and though some of the features were the same there were quite a few very good updates.

When you go to the beach you know that the chatter from the salt can be bad with many detectors out on the market. That’s why there are detectors made specifically to hunt on the beach and in salt water (to offset conductivity). Stevie Ray reported that when he takes his Garrett AT Pro to the beach he has to pump the machine quite a bit to get the ground balance to where you don’t hear the conductive "chatter" so bad. With the AT Max however, he only had to pump it once while starting in the dry sand and walking all the way down in the ocean water. He told us he didn’t have to ground balance during any of the transitions, this was his favorite improvement. As Stevie Ray continued to detect, I think he had to only re-balance the AT Max maybe 10 times to make sure it was still balanced correctly. And we were out there for around two hours.. For you seasoned pro's out there you will know this will mean more time hunting and less time pumping, bound to find you more treasure on the beach!


It was quite an exciting experience for us to put our hands on the new Garrett AT Max Detector and to see the it's features up close. More importantly, it was nice to see the operation of the unit and it's different settings at the beach. Stevie Ray started out using the AT Max in "All Metal" mode but decided to switch to "Zero Discrimination" mode to hear targets more clearly. While this mode sacrificed depth, it was worth it to to put the detector through it’s paces. Doing so we were able to find clad, various coins, an old toy car, and of course trash. The particular section of the beach we were detecting on wasn’t very populated and so this is about what Stevie Ray expected to find in such a short amount of time. Most everything rang up and sounded like what he thought, except for one bottle cap.


The NEW Garrett MS-3™ Z-Lynk Wireless Headphones that come with the detector work amazingly. Stevie Ray couldn’t tell a lag time in the sound from swinging and hitting a target, much like the traditional Z-Lynk system on the AT Pro. However, the bonus of the AT Max is the Z-Lynk system is built inside the main control housing of the unit, so no extra cords to deal with! Important: We were instructed by Garrett to not take the MS-3 wireless headphones in the water. You must use the official Garrett Underwater headphones *sold separately* if you wish to submerge the entire unit and headphones underwater. Besides not being waterproof, Garrett told us that even if they could make the MS-3 wireless headphones waterproof the signal wouldn’t transmit through water. I wouldn’t put it past Garrett to figure out a way in the future to get around that though!



Overall, the Garrett AT Max blew past our expectations and left us wanting it even more. We still don’t know when they will be released, but rest assured that once we know we will pass the information along to you via Facebook, Instagram, Email, and maybe even smoke signals if we can figure them out! Stay tuned for more AT Max blogs coming around the corner.