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#50831 - 07/11/17 09:05 PM Garmin inReach Explorer+
ScottHikerEsq Offline

Registered: 05/23/16
Posts: 12
Loc: California
I'm looking for an alternative to my cell phone for when I'm out of coverage and for when it crashes. Any thoughts on this:

#50834 - 07/11/17 10:12 PM Re: Garmin inReach Explorer+ [Re: ScottHikerEsq]
Steve C Offline

Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7075
Loc: Fresno, CA
I bought the older InReach SE (on ebay for about $200) It doesn't have the map display features of the Explorer; it requires a bluetooth connection to an EarthMate app on my cell phone.

But anyway, I have both a Spot an SPOT II that I'd like to sell (for almost nothing if anyone wants either one) The SPOTs require an annual subscription, which in the long run costs more than the unit.

The InReach has various levels of subscription, more flexible, but no way less than the SPOT subscription. My cheapo level with InReach is $15 per month if I don't use it. If I use it on a trip, they ding me a few bucks extra, since each message costs $.50 or something like that. Tracks cost a dime each.

But anyway, I bought the InReach because of its 2-way texting capabilities. That gives me (and my family) peace-of-mind that I won't just vanish on a trip, and can let people know if I'm in trouble.

From mountain tops, the satellites are easily accessible, so messages transmit right away. Down in canyons, you might wait 20 to 30 minutes before the unit can "see" a satellite to send/receive a message. SPOT signals are similarly temperamental.

#50889 - 07/13/17 12:12 PM Re: Garmin inReach Explorer+ [Re: Steve C]
BFR Offline

Registered: 04/07/16
Posts: 40
Loc: Santa Monica, CA
I use the inreach explorer+ and love it.
Strava, IG

#50936 - 07/15/17 03:38 PM Re: Garmin inReach Explorer+ [Re: BFR]
Bobby49 Offline

Registered: 07/04/17
Posts: 18
Loc: California
I have an inReach SE for a few years now. It works pretty good just about anywhere unless you get deep in thick trees or deep in a box canyon. The problem that I'm having is with technical support. The inReach line was sold from DeLorme to Garmin, and I don't think that it is clear as to which is doing the support. That leaves the customer dangling.