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DeLorme inReach Explorer

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    Global connectivity wherever you roam.

    The DeLorme inReach Explorer keeps you connected to the world no matter where you are. Any type of outdoor enthusiast can appreciate the inReach Explorer as soon as you head out of cell service, whether you're a hiker, hunter, backpacker, backcountry skier, alpinist, or just a casual camper. Its inReach GPS is accurate to plus-or-minus five meters, and it includes a color-coded map with waypoints, accurate elevation readings, current speed, and average moving speed.

    The inReach Explorer's global connectivity is powered through the Iridium satellite network, and this network allows a lot more than just GPS. Send texts and emails to family and friends so they know you're still safe, and send SOS signals to DeLorme's 24/7 search-and-rescue coordination center when you aren't safe. The Iridium satellite network also allows access to MapShare, which drops your location so your friends with their own inReach Explorer can find you. In fact, the inReach Explorer will drop waypoints automatically from ten minutes to four hours so people can follow your same trail. Iridium provides multiple no-contract and contract plans to provide the best connectivity for your adventures.

    Bluetooth compatibility lets you connect the inReach Explorer to most smartphones and tablets. This connectivity helps you plan routes online ahead of time. It also connects you to social media sites so all your friends can follow your every adventure. Its battery can last up to one hundred hours, and you can recharge it via the micro USB port or the solar charger. Its housing resists impacts and stays waterproof in 1 meter of water for thirty minutes.

    • inReach GPS integration
    • Altimeter
    • Barometric and accelerometer sensors
    • Digital compass
    • Navigation capabilities
    • Iridium satellite network
    • Bluetooth compatibility
    • Interactive SOS communications
    • Virtual keyboard, 160-character messaging
    • Color-coded map view
    • 100-hour battery life
    • USB or solar charged
    • Impact-resistant and waterproof housing
    • Item #DEL0006

    Tech Specs

    Dimensions
    [HxWxD] 4.5 x 2.46 x 1.34 in
    Mapping
    yes
    Digital Compass
    yes
    Computer Compatible
    yes, smartphones and tablets
    Waterproof
    yes, IP 67 (1 meter for 30 minutes)
    Battery Type
    lithium polymer
    Battery Life
    100 hours
    Claimed Weight
    6.7 oz
    Recommended Use
    expedition, backpacking, trekking, backcountry skiing, hiking & camping

    Tech Specs

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    Good features, but not trail-tough

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    Bought this unit after getting lost on a solo hike in Alaska. I got it set up on a basic plan and I like the ability to send a quick text, and to get weather updates for my location. It definitely has great features and functionality. Problems came on the maiden voyage - a 6 day hike in Canada. The unit fell out of my pack from hip-height, and broke the screen, rendering the unit un-usable (90% of the screen went black) - this was mile one, on day one. So I definitely have concerns that the unit will survive the kind of major fall that could cause me to actually need it. I tried to turn it off (hard, when you can't see the screen) and left it in my pack for the rest of the trip. While I was waiting for my ride at the terminus of the trail, the unit sent out it's own un-initiated SOS which I was unable to cancel (that pesky screen problem) and no phone sevice. The result was that the Canadian Coast Guard, the US Coast Guard, the RCMP, and the National Park Service were all on the hunt for me in what could have been a colossal waste of resources had it happened on the trail instead of after having just finished and signed out with the Park Service. Working with DeLorme customer service now to get the unit fixed, will report back if that experience doesn't go well. Overall - I would think hard about shelling out that kind of money again for what appears to be a pretty fragile piece of emergency gear. If you do - consider getting a protective case for it. Major pro: when that SOS goes out, the response is very real.

    Update: Sent my device back into DeLorme for repair and they ended up replacing it at no cost. Overall good experience.

    Google Maps For The Outdoors

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I have been nothing but blown away by this device and its abilities. The thing that I am most impressed by is the fact that you can do everything from your phone... while the device is turned OFF! So while your deep in the backcountry you can still see your blinking dot/current location with mileage estimates to wherever your headed, all while the device is shut off in your pack. I use a portable charger and rely on my mostly on phone when using it. It's nice to come home from a trip and still have a full battery on the device just in case things were to go wrong.

    Peace of mind for family and more!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The inReach Explorer combined with their reasonable service plan is great to post your location to love ones and friends, interacts with social media to share your trip tracking. Your parents love it because they can see you are where you are supposed to be and have peace of mind that you can call for help when there is no cell/mobile signal. The service plans also let you exchange text messages with approved users. It is rugged and I went on a five day four night kayak trip over 60 nautical miles and never recharged the battery once at it was still at 39% charged. It posted our position every 10 minutes. Shared text message each night with our kayak rental co to let them know all was good and we had reached our target destination for each night safely. (NO CELL SIGNAL Needed)



    Peace of mind for family and more!

    It's great,

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    and family/friends like knowing if I'm safe and if I'm moving on the trail. I've used this for 900+ miles hiking the PCT in Washington & Oregon and 285 miles in Northern California.
    Yays:
    *it's waterproof
    *it uses the standard micro USB for recharging and updating
    *Two way communication beats the one way of the Spot.
    *Battery life is OK if I don't permit tracking.
    *Coverage plans can be monthly or pay as you need it.
    *sometimes messages come/go quickly.
    *the free Earthmate app for android/ios makes texting easy

    Nays:
    #other times messages can take a long time to send/receive
    #it would be great if it would update via bluetooth as well as through the USB port
    #the coverage plans can be pricey, but my life is worth that.
    #it has no provision for securing itself from theft and use by others, but that might be a double edged sword that can bite the user, if he forgets a sign-in password or isn't conscious.
    #The texting app on the device really stinks. How difficult would it have been to put in a touch screen like iPhone or Android for that? Without Earthmate for Android/iPhone and bluetooth I'd seldom if ever send a text.
    #you don't get a case to hang on your shoulder strap. I like that place best for any satellite device better than buried in my pack, though a lid pocket might provide better protection for the unit and still preserve access.
    #you can post to Facebook/Twitter, BUT you cannot use Earthmate on your phone--you have to use the glacial texting utility on the inReach

    If you don't get this, at least get a Spot or an ACR so you have something that might work if you or someone else on the trail needs help.

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    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Certainly fully read your terms of use, but this is just good advice for any plan based technology. That aside, spectacular piece of gear. The SOS feature is what I purchased for but it's extremely versatile. It pairs with your smart phone with a free app. In some cases your service plan will dictate the use of some features. Certainly read all manufacturer literature before spending this kind of money on a device. It could be life saving, and in that event it'd obviously be worth it. One more thing to think about, you can send predetermined number of texts via the DeLorme satellite network, here's how this could save you thousands. Two Massachusetts men in the back country of Glacier far from phone towers decide they're having such a good time that they'd spend a few extra days in the park even if that means missing their flight home. When they did not check in for their flight the standard phone calls were made by authorities. Neither man's spouse could account for why they could have missed their flight. What resulted was a full scale search and rescue effort. The men were not lost, simply taking their time and enjoying the beauty of Glacier. Unfortunately it's expensive to fuel a SAR chopper, and such expenses are often passed on to the subject of a search. Perhaps more significantly this tied up the vital resources of Park and local authorities, making them unavailable for someone else in need. One text could have prevented this.

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    2014 Backpacker Editors’ Choice Snow Award

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    inReach has been honored as a recipient of the 2014 Backpacker Magazine Editors’ Choice Snow Award, the most prestigious award, bestowed annually to products for their outstanding design and performance.

    2014 Backpacker Editors’ Choice Snow Award

    I love the 2in1 combo. Explorer rocks!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have put my inReach Explorer through the ringer, and so far, do good.



    When I go hiking in the Wasatch, the less I have to bring the better, so I love the fact that my Explorer is really a hybrid 2-way satcom/ handheld GPS navigation device.



    While the GPS navigation side of the unit could probably use some improvent, for a first stab at it, I think DeLorme did a great job with this concept, and my Exlorer is like the Swiss Army knife for backcountry lovers.



    What I like: built in keyboard for custom, 160 character texting/email, ability to pair my Explorer with my Samsung smartphone to get the high res. [awesome] topo maps, works good under heavy canopy, excellent battery life & ability to recharge in the field with my Goal Zero "Switch 8". GPS is precise, and digital compass is very handy.



    What needs improvement: I'd like to have my topo maps on the Explorer itself [as opposed to just on my smartphone.] Maybe it takes up too much memory on one chipset, but the built-in map on the Explorer, while rather basci gets the job done. There is also a little learning curve with the buttons.



    Wha't fun about my Explorer is that I can go to my online account, plan my trip with the DeLorme online map and stake out my route [over trails, POI's, ect], then synch that route into my Explorer. I've got 6 different "routes" so far synched over to my Explorer. I also like the fact [though I have not yet used it] that if I am already out in the sticks of Northeastern Utah, and need to use my Explorer to navigate to any given destination on the fly, I can do so. That's pretty cool.



    It was a hard call between getting the SE or Explorer, but I find the $80 price difference between the two reasonable, and justified with the added GPS navigation capabilities that my Explorer provides. While its nothing like my Garmin Montana, the GPS in my Explorer gets the job done, and does so with precision.



    I would recommend this unit. thank you backcountry!

    inReach Explorer - Live the inReach Life

    Live the inReach life with DeLorme's inReach Explorer. inReach was made for your adventure -- whether you love to hike, camp, boat, hunt, fish, sail, fly, climb, travel, motorcycle, mountain bike, ski, snowmobile, ATV, trail ride, or paddle. inReach Explorer satellite communicator with navigation capability sends AND receives messages anywhere on earth with 100% global coverage from the Iridium satellite network. With inReach you can navigate, be reached and rescued anywhere in the world. The Explorer model includes a color screen, virtual keyboard, on-screen map view, digital compass, barometric altimeter and accelerometer. Navigate, create waypoints, log your trip and find your way back. Send and receive text messages. Trigger an interactive SOS. Plan, track and share your journey. You can do all of this from one rugged handheld device. And in paired mode, you have exclusive unlimited access to downloadable topographic maps and U.S. NOAA charts.

    Dies it have a plave for an sd card so i can put more maps on it and how much internal memmory does it have?

    Best Answer

    The device itself does not host topographic map data. The Map Page on the device is a baseline grid map, showing your location, route, waypoints, etc. To gain access to DeLorme topographic maps, you can pair the inReach with the Earthmate App for iOS, Android or Kindle. The app allows you to download and cache maps to your smartphone or tablet, for use even out of cell phone range. The app pairs with the inReach via Bluetooth, allowing you to create waypoints, view routes, send messages, etc, all from the app. Access to the DeLorme maps (and NOAA nautical charts) is unlimited--all included in the purchase of the inReach. I've included a link to the DeLorme brochure. Check out Page 6 to get an idea of the entire inReach system (PLAN, GO, SHARE).



    http://inreachdelorme.com/assets/pdf/DeLorme_inReach_Brochure.pdf

    I know you can pair this device with a smartphone but as a stand-alone device, would I be able to enter specific gps coordinates and the device route me there (with arrows I guess)? An area I frequent has numerous off-trail waterfalls or other features that I only have the coordinates for and wondered if this would work for that (if I didn't want to use my phone). Thanks!

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    2014 American Alpine Institute Guides Choice Award!



    The American Alpine Institute's prestigious Guides Choice Program identifies the best and most cutting-edge equipment for alpinists, rock climbers, skiers, and many other backcountry travelers for the past 25 years.