You may venture off the grid, but you can still stay in touch – as long as you’re carrying an Garmin inReach SE+ or Garmin inReach Explorer+. These handheld satellite communicators are designed for the outdoor enthusiast who wants to roam farther and experience more – without compromising their loved ones‘ peace of mind. From backcountry experiences to international adventures, inReach provides communication, location sharing, navigation and critical SOS functions for anyone who loves getting away from it all, on land, water or in the skies.
Using the worldwide coverage of the Iridium satellite network, these go-anywhere portable devices let you exchange text messages with any mobile phone number or email address – while using GPS to track and share your journey’s progress. You can also post to social media or even communicate Garmin inReach-to-inReach in the field. In case of an at-risk situation, you can also use Garmin inReach to trigger an SOS message to the 24/7 monitoring centre, text back and forth about the nature of your emergency and receive confirmation when help is on the way.
Garmin inReach SE+ and Garmin Explorer+ give you all the tools to stay totally connected. You don’t have to worry about being within range of mobile phone signal – encountering spotty coverage in fringe zones or blackout areas. Your inReach communicator offers two-way messaging via the global Iridium satellite network.
Turn on the tracking function of your Garmin inReach SE+ or Garmin Explorer+ communicator, and let family and friends follow your progress on their computers or mobile devices, using the web-based MapShare® portal. The inReach device will send waypoints at preselected time intervals, so followers can track your whereabouts online. You can also invite your family and friends back home to use MapShare to ping your inReach unit and see your GPS location, track your movements and exchange messages during your trip. You can even embed your MapShare page on a blog, website or social media.
For even more capability and convenience, the free Earthmate® app syncs your Garmin inReach handheld via Bluetooth® with your compatible Apple® or Android™ device so you can access unlimited maps and aerial imagery. Plus, Earthmate allows you to conveniently use all of the inReach features on your paired mobile device. For easier messaging, you can also access your phone’s contact list from the Earthmate app to connect with fewer keystrokes.
The optional Garmin inReach weather forecast service provides detailed updates directly to your inReach device, compatible smartphone or tablet paired with the Earthmate app, so you’ll know what conditions to expect en route. Basic and premium weather packages are offered. You can request weather forecasts for your current location or any other waypoint or destination on your itinerary.
GEOS is the world leader in emergency response solutions and monitoring. They’ve supported rescues in more than 140 countries, saving many lives in the process. And they’re standing by 24/7/365 to respond to your SOS, track your device and notify the proper contacts and emergency responders in your area. Then, while help is on the way, GEOS will continue to text back and forth with you, providing updates and critical information until your situation is resolved.
As satellite communicators, both the Garmin inReach SE+ and Garmin Explorer+ offer identical messaging capabilities. However, it’s on the GPS navigation side that their differences become apparent. While Garmin inReach SE+ uses GPS to provide basic grid navigation and allow you to drop waypoints, mark key locations track your progress and follow a breadcrumb trail back to base –the Garmin inReach Explorer+ goes a step beyond, providing full-fledged GPS on-map guidance with preloaded TOPOActive Europe mapping and waypoint routings viewable directly on the unit. Plus, a built-in digital compass, barometric altimeter and accelerometer are included with Garmin Explorer+ to help you get and maintain accurate bearings on or off the beaten path.
To access the Iridium network and communicate with your Garmin inReach SE+ or Garmin Explorer+ device, an active satellite subscription is required. Depending on your usage level, you can opt for an annual contract package or flexible month-to-month airtime plan.
Every Garmin inReach device comes with free access to a cloud-powered Garmin Explore website to plan your trips with routes and waypoints, create preset messages and quick texts, sync and manage your device settings, update your firmware, download additional TOPOActive Europe maps, link your social media accounts, store all your location tracking data and much more.
Tough, durable, impact resistant and water-rated to IPX7, the Garmin inReach SE+ and Garmin Explorer+ handhelds are built to keep you up and running – no matter what the elements throw at you. An internal, rechargeable lithium battery comes standard on both units so you can count on long battery life in every mode of operation (up to 120 hours at the default 10-minute tracking mode, 30 days at the 30-minute interval power save mode and up to 30 days in standby mode). Recharge via the standard microUSB power cable or optional in-vehicle 12 V charger.