Garmin InReach

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Garmin InReach

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I just replaced my 10 year old SPOT Messenger with a Garmin InReach Explorer+ . Yesterday I used it in flight for the first time. Seems to work very well. Research on the Internet indicates that it has better coverage and power output than the SPOT. It certainly has a bunch of features that the old SPOT doesn't. I like the satellite texting through a Bluetooth link to my iPhone X the best. The old SPOT could only send a couple of preset messages. A new SPOT has a keyboard to send texts but it's not as easy to use as the iPhone. The InReach also can report position to ATC which the old SPOT couldn't. I considered a new SPOT, which is less expensive both in purchase price and subscription plans, but the issues of coverage and power output won me over to the InReach. I found a video on YouTube of a guy who tested both of them on trails in the Appalachian mountains not too far from me. The InReach definitely won. I would think that the InReach is more popular in Alaska since the InReach uses more satellites and coverage seems to be better.

What do others think of the InReach?
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Andy, I bought one last week for my middle Son who seems to spends most of his free time in the Sierras above 10,000. ft. We don't hear from him some times for weeks at a time, so the plan is that now we can watch his progress and if he gets in to a jam he can call for help. I don't have any experience with it yet, but like you, I read up on them and chose the Garmin because of it's higher rating in the comparative articles that I was able to find.
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I’m still using an older PLB that only has a panic button, and no texting capability. I will Iikely upgrade to an InReach soon. Everyone I know up here (Alaska) uses an InReach, and loves them. I don’t know anybody who uses a Spot. My research indicates that the Spot has less reliable satellite connectivity, especially in the far north.

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I had one of the Spot units with the keyboard, but the buttons on the keyboard didn't work. You really had to smash them hard and even then they didn't register half the time. I didn't get any response from my complaints to Spot. Going with the Garmin mini was easy after the problems I had with the spot. Then the RAF came out with their Garmin Mini package deal and I was sold immediately. I'm much happier now!
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I have an older inreach and LOVE it - would not be flying the remote areas of northern Saskatchewan without one now. On the flip side my dad has a spot and was rescued two weeks ago from a remote location after he badly injured himself, so I was very thankful he at least had the Spot! He is talking of upgrading to an inreach as well. I also love that the subscription plans are reasonable and I can cancel my plan through the winter months when I am not using it...

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