Sending out an SOS.
The Garmin inReach Explorer+ acts as your emergency lifeline to civilization in case you get lost in the wilderness or injured in the wild. This satellite communicator excels on remote excursions and backwoods pursuits far from cell phone towers and WiFi signals, thanks to its 100% global Iridium satellite coverage working off the grid. Rugged construction withstands bumps on the trail, inclement weather, and submersion in shallow bodies of water.
It’ll notify GEOS with the simple click of an SOS button, which is the leading search and rescue center in over 140 countries. Because adventures don’t adhere to standard business hours, GEOS is on call 24/7/365 for peace of mind when you’re traveling deep into wilderness areas. Another useful feature, the tracking function gives friends and family real-time updates on your whereabouts via a MapShare online portal. The inReach Explorer+ sends waypoints to this online portal at predetermined intervals, also working with blogs and social media programs to deliver this information.
Upgraded over the less sophisticated inReach SE+, this satellite communicator offers full-fledged GPS navigation with pre-loaded 1:24k topographic maps across North America. These maps are at the same scale as the gold standard USGS topo quadrangles used by outdoor enthusiasts, so you know they’ll be capable of satisfying your navigation needs. In conjunction with these detailed topo maps, the inReach Explorer+ offers on-screen GPS routing, waypoint marking, and breadcrumb navigation, as well as digital compass and barometric altimeter tools for finding your bearings in the wilderness.
For users desiring text message capability, Garmin offers a separate subscription service for sending text messages to loved ones anywhere in the world. Another cool feature, Garmin gives remote backcountry travelers live updates to changing weather with its inReach weather forecasting tool, which is another separate add-on that’s highly useful for maritime users, backpackers, and alpine explorers alike.
- Satellite-based communication off the grid
- SOS notifies search and rescue in an emergency
- Share location online with friends and family members
- GPS navigation with DeLorme TOPO maps, onscreen routing
- Built-in digital compass and barometric altimeter tools
- Pairs with Earthmate app on smartphones and tablets
- 2-way text messaging to anyone (separate subscription)
- inReach weather forecasting (separate subscription)