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    Backcountry thrill-seeker's line of communication.

    Whether you find yourself a hundred miles out deep sea fishing, hiking deep into the Alaskan interior, or surrounded by a vast South American jungle, you're always in touch when you have the DeLorme inReach SE Satellite Communicator. Even if you are out of range of cell towers, this handheld satellite communicator enables you to send and receive text messages, track your whereabouts, and send out an SOS in case of an emergency thanks to its Iridium network that provides 100% global coverage and two-way communication.

    This satellite communicator allows you to send and receive 160-character text messages with GPS coordinates to either a cell phone or email, providing peace of mind to your friends and family when you're far beyond the reach of cell towers. Depending on the payment plan you've signed up for, this device tracks your GPS location based on intervals ranging from 2-minutes plus (extreme plan for the latest, up-to-date tracking) to 10-minutes plus (safety, recreation, and expedition plans). Most importantly, all of the available plans feature unlimited SOS communication, allowing you to freely interact with emergency personnel throughout the entire search and rescue process.

    *Note that the SMS functionality (sending texts to cell phones) may vary by country; GPS tracking and email and SOS messaging works anywhere in the world. 

    Payment plans are grouped into two tiers: annual contracts and freedom plans. Annual contracts are best for anytime explorers who venture into the backcountry year round; agreeing to an annual contract lowers your initial account activation fee and monthly fee. Freedom plans allow you to pay for satellite airtime based on a rolling monthly basis, making it ideal for seasonal or occasional use. However, Freedom Plans charge higher annual and monthly fees, but they allow you to suspend service when you don't need it. For more information on payment plans, head to this link for specific details:

    • inReach SE (Screen Edition) satellite communicator enables you to send and receive free-form, 160-character text messages outside of cell phone range to and from cell phones, email contacts, and other inReach users
    • SE allows you to trigger an SOS and interact back and forth with GEOS (Delorme's 24/7 search and rescue monitoring center) in case of an emergency
    • Adjustable tracking intervals enable you to share and view GPS coordinates
    • Unique technology allows for social media updates
    • Color screen and virtual keyboard with predictive text for standalone two-way messaging
    • Uses Iridium 9603 short-burst data technology and the Iridium network, the world's largest satellite constellation that provides complete global coverage and two-way communication
    • GPS accuracy to +/-5 meters for excellent accuracy
    • Intuitive LED indicator for satellite availability
    • Audible message notifications for convenience
    • Can be used in conjunction with DeLorme's Earthmate app on a mobile device and its Explore web portal
    • Through Earthmate, you have unlimited access to free downloadable topographic maps and NOAA charts
    • Waterproof and dustproof (IP67 1 meter for 30 minutes) casing for durability and long-term use
    • Impact-resistant (meets Mil STD 810F) materials holds up to the bangs, scraps, and vibrations of outdoor travel
    • Long-lasting internal rechargeable lithium battery features 100 hours of battery life in 10-minute tracking mode with a clear view to the sky
    • Use as a standalone device or in conjunction with iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, and iPhone 3GS, iPad (3rd and 4th generation), iPad 2, iPad mini, and iPod touch (3rd, 4th, and 5th generation)
    • Also compatible with Android 2.2 and later
    • Operating Temperature: -20°C to +60°C (-4°F to +140°F)
    • Storage Temperature: -40°C to +85°C (-40°F to +185°F)
    • Note: DeLorme is offering a $50 instant rebate on purchases between 5/15/2014 and 6/30/2014; please see rebate form for details
    • Item #DEL0004

    Tech Specs

    4.49 x 2.44 x 1.02 in, [height with antenna] 5.87 in
    yes, GPS tracking at 2 or 10-minute intervals (depends on payment plan), yes, shares GPS coordinates, elevation, and speed
    Computer Compatible
    yes, uploads location and trip data via Explore web portal, yes, updates inReach firmware via Explore web portal
    Battery Type
    lithium polymer
    Battery Life
    [10-minute tracking mode with a clear view to the sky] 100 hours
    Included Software
    Pairs with DeLorme's Earthmate app on your mobile device via Bluetooth, Shares location and trip details with DeLorme's Explore web portal
    Claimed Weight
    [with battery] 6.7 oz
    Recommended Use
    backcountry adventures, sailing, boating
    Manufacturer Warranty
    one year against defects in materials and workmanship

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    Awesome lifesaver

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    There are so many cool stories on how this device has literally saved peoples lives. Not entirely the reason why I purchased this one, but a good sound investment nonetheless. I picked mine up before heading deep into the Brooks Range. Spot devices operate off a different satellite network and when you get closer to the poles (north or south) there can be a serious decrease in service and being able to connect with a satellite. In an emergency situation, that is exactly what you don't want to happen. The iridium satellite network is the most reliable pole to pole, which is also why many satellite phones operate on the Iridium vs the globalstar network. Text messaging is ancient times, but when you pair it with your smartphone, it is exactly like sending a message from your smartphone, just through the app. There is a lag depending on where you are and your connection to a satellite, but even at the worst, the lag is only a minute or two. The ability to have 3 preset messages of your choice to anyone you choose is nice too, since the plans can get kind of spendy. The trip tracking function is easy too. I would definitely recommend this to anyone that spends frequent time outside of cell service. It could be your life saver.

    Pairs with smartphone, texts anywhere

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This functions exactly as described. Very cool to be able to send tracking information. Very useful when plans have to change in areas that are accessible by bush plane only.

    Safety is priceless

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I'm so happy with Delorme in Reach, it works perfect.
    My wife and me now feel so confident going to the woods or remote areas where's not cellular signal is available. I highly recommend it, safety is priceless. They have so many types of plans that don't going to break your bank.

    Worked Flawlessly

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Used this on our John Muir Trail Trip and it worked flawlessly. I would consider getting the protective case as I saw one hiker whose screen was damaged. His unit still worked through the phone and he was still able to use it. Need to disable the always on when plugged in option to get a good charge from a solar panel. Loved the facebook updates and friends and family had fun tracking our trip through the updates. Also the map share feature was great and they loved tracking our progress through that as well. Never had an issue with messages not getting out within a couple minutes as the satellites flew by and it even worked from inside the tent. Did not need to use the SOS feature but was confident that if I had the messages would get through. I purchased the month to month plan and was happy with it. Used the messages way more than I thought I would and could even get weather reports by using texts to get current weather conditions.

    Life Saving Piece of Equipment

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Coming in at $300 (or cheaper with promotional offers) the InReach is a must have for anyone who spends time in the backcountry. I use it predominately for skiing, but take it with me for any activity where I'm going to be out of service. While skiing I believe this is as critical a piece of equipment as my avy beacon... it is that important. Knowing that in the event of a crisis I can immediately contact SAR, with my location, and communicate back and forth regarding the severity of an injury and expected time of arrival no matter where I am is... well... a life saver. Fortunately I haven't had to use in a crisis yet, but I know of too many situations where this device could have saved a life. Bottom line, if your going into the backcountry with any kind of risk level (which is inherent in pretty much any backcountry situation) you should have an InReach with you IMOP.

    Anyway, onto the features of the product
    1. Durability. Thing is waterproof, feels pretty rugged so far which is critical. Excellent battery life.
    2. Simplicity. SOS is a quick unlock and push of a button away. There's only a few buttons and screen navigation is very intuitive. Writing texts on the device is quicker and easier than I thought it would be. You can still text and send through your smart phone when it's paired to the InReach as well.
    3. Earthmate App. Love it! Download highly detailed maps to your phone before your outing and pair it with the InReach to use it as a GPS (still always bring a physical map and compass with you just in case). I've done some bushwhacking between trails to find a small cabin and found the GPS to be spot on, maps are excellent quality.
    4. Plan Options. I use the bare bones "Safety Plan" with an annual subscription that comes in at $12 a month. They have tiered plans where you can choose to use the Freedom rates and only pay monthly (at a slightly higher rate and with an annual fee of $25). The "Safety Plan" offers unlimited SOS (all I really need), 10 texts a month to other contacts, and you have to pay $.10 for tracking points. To see all plan options go to...
    5. SAFETY!! Did I already mention this? Let me bring it up again, this thing can save your life or the lives of your backcountry partners!!!

    1. The only real competitor to InReach is the SPOT communicator. They both link you to GEOS bunker to be in contact with local SAR, both can send SOS and track your movements. SPOT lets you send a pre-programmed "I'm ok message". Overall the SPOT is a lot better than using nothing but your cell phone, but it falls well short of the InReach for several reasons. InReach shows you a confirmation that your SOS has been sent, with SPOT you can't be sure. With InReach you can communicate back and forth, provide details about your situation that could be critical to the rescue party, and you can hear back about the ETA of the rescue party. Never mind the useful GPS Earthmate app or other features of the InReach that the SPOT doesn't have, it's the devices ability to communicate details back and forth that makes it far superior to a SPOT.
    2. The InReach Explorer. The Explorer has all the same features of the SE, but with the ability to use GPS on the device itself. However, you cannot load maps onto the device... your left with a white back screen and your set way points. When you can just pair it to your phone and use highly detailed maps showing trails and elevation I don't see any benefit to using the Explorer as a GPS. I recommend not wasting $80 on the upgrade, the SE has every safety feature you need and you can still use it as GPS with a smartphone.

    Overall, what's my main conclusion about the InReach SE... you guessed it... SAFETY FIRST!! I cannot recommend this product enough. It is the best option available on the market today, it is reasonable priced, and you should probably stop thinking about it and buy it.

    Great Device

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've used this device in the lower 48 and AK. Made two ski expeditions to SE AK and the Neacolas and this device worked flawlessly. Used it for communication with our bush pilot to arrange our pickup and get weather updates. No problems pairing with my android bluetooth phone. Highly recommended.

    Amazing msg device!!!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Just an amazing msg device. Can send and receive txt msg and e-mails virtually in any part of the world. Very accurate even with little visibility to the sky, under the trees it works great. The price is reasonable comparing it with satellite phones out there. A+++ for it!

    Amazing msg device!!!

    Works great when you need it!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I bought the InReach SE last year, when I started bringing my daughter winter camping. Having a small child out in January out of the reach of help was outside of my comfort zone, so I resigned myself to technology, and I'm glad I did. The biggest instant change was the peace-of-mind my wife received, and her happiness level with our trips increased immediately.

    Aside from the typical "arrived safe at camp" or "hit the summit!", I had the unfortunate chance to send a "call Search and Rescue" message to my wife. NOTE: I didn't hit the SOS button, and I think that's the beauty of this unit. A couple members of our party got lost and had to turn back, so I was able to properly relay exactly who was lost, when they disappeared, where they might be, etc. Also, SAR (through my wife, who I was texting) was able to send additional questions, and my wife was able to tell me that the guys who turned around made it back to the trailhead under their own power.

    If I would have had just a beacon, hitting the SOS button would have done nothing as SAR would have come to me. If I would have had a SPOT, SAR wouldn't be able to ask questions and I wouldn't know when the two hikers got to safety.

    Great unit, rugged, easy to use, great battery. Zero problems with the device or the service. Only caveat is the pricing. DeLorme has a monopoly on 2-way sat messaging, and they know it. For me, it's worth the peace of mind, but at $200/year minimum (or $50 if you're in 'standby' mode not activated), it's not an investment for people who are getting out once or twice a year.

    For those taking risks out in the back country far away from civilization, there's no better system out there for summit posting, wife reassuring, or (heaven forbid) coordinating with SAR.

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    inReach SE - Make Any Adventure Better.

    From sunrise to sunset, DeLorme inReach SE 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 SE satellite communicator with GPS sends AND receives messages anywhere on earth with 100% global coverage from the Iridium satellite network. With inReach you can be tracked, reached and rescued anywhere in the world. The SE model includes a color screen and virtual keyboard to put amazing functionality in the palm of your hand. And in paired mode, you have exclusive unlimited access to downloadable topographic maps and North American NOAA charts. Give your family the peace of mind of always knowing how to reach you and being able to see your location.

    My InReach SE flat out rocks!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I'll keep it short and sweet. I would give the unit 6 starts If I could for its innovation and satcom performance. Its a huge upgrade from my satellite tracker/messenger that I've used over the past 5 years.

    What I like:

    No-contract, month to month Freedom plans. Saves me serious coin.

    Gets signal through heavy tree cover [for my text messages and tracking, its been literally 100% to date]

    GPS is exact

    Pairing with my iPhone 5 is easy to set up

    Topo maps in the Earthmate are super detailed, and free

    QWERTY keyboard, so I am no longer stuck with canned "OK" messages

    What I would like to see


    More GPS functionality in standalone mode for maypoints on the screen

    At below $300, anyone in their right mind shold have this, at least as an insurance policy with the SOS. Its just common sense. The 2 way texting is fun and easy to use. Tracking live to the Internet has been really cool. Nice to log into my account and see where I've been. Data is exportable, love that.

    A GEM!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Got the SE for my birthday, and couldn't be happier. Well worth the money, easy to use, easy to activate, and super high cool factor with the Tracking. My service is only $70 per year [yes, per YEAR]. Decades ahead of its time. Thank you Backcountry!


    I am stoked that you love your inReach and that you've taken the time to tell others. Yes, the contract-free Freedom Plans are a game-changer in the satellite communication world! I'd love your continual feedback. Reach out anytime (


    Ryan Lilly

    Marketing & Brand Manager


    LOVE the No-Contract Plans!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    My inReach SE Works great! This is a great way to stay connected whether you're crossing an ocean in a boat, or traveling across remote wilderness. Send and receive email/text or drop your breadcrumb trail and broadcast your GPS tracks. You can stay connected anywhere. Cant wait to move my plan to the no-contract Options in March! Good thinking DeLorme. Then I will be able to activate and pay for the service only when I need it! Way to go.

    Good satellite phone/PLB alternative.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    The inReach is a great tool for someone looking for the comfort and safety features of a satellite phone or PLB, but not needing the ability to talk on the phone.

    As far as texting goes, I have always been able to send out texts with no problem, even to international phone numbers. However, I have experienced problems receiving texts, most notably from international numbers. I would recommend communicating via email as I found this to be the easiest to receive replies, and easy for recipients to forward.

    I do appreciate the map and tracking features which were fun for others at home to watch progress and location. I would NOT try using this as a form of GPS as it does take a while to access satellites in some cases, maps in my opinion are not as reliable and detailed enough, and the inReach does not have all the features necessary for use as a GPS.

    The Earthmate app works great and makes sending messages much easier. However, it does require you have your phone on you which is just another piece of equipment to carry and charge. I was able to charge the inReach with a goal zero Nomad 7 just fine.

    As far as coverage I am yet to find a place in North and South America I was not able to send a message. I was able to send messages from inside a tent just fine as well. The SOS function instructions are easy to follow and stay locked so no accidental SOS messages can be sent from inside a pocket or pack.

    Set up with DeLorme is easy. I will mention I found the service plans to be a little limiting, there are only 1 year or 4 months plans. I would appreciate a shorter plan period for single trips. Also, please be aware that after the end of your contract you need to cancel your subscription or you will continue to be charged on a monthly basis.

    All in all a great device, construction is bomb proof, and all the features you want are there. I would definitely recommend the inReach for someone who wants to stay in touch for an affordable price.

    Thanks for your detailed review of our product, William!

    I think you'll be happy to hear that we now have contract-free month-to-month plans now, called Freedom Plans. It allows you to pay for your subscription on a monthly basis, paying for it only when you need it. Changing between plan levels or suspending service costs nothing! Check it out at

    Also, I think you'd be interested to learn about our new inReach Explorer. We just launched it last week! It does everything the inReach SE can do and more. Now you can create waypoints in advance or in the field, plan your route before you go, then navigating in the field with the on-screen map, navigate using the digital compass with bearing to destination and useful trip info... essentially, we married a satellite communicator with a GPS. It's pretty neat and is quite the game-changer!

    I'd love your continual feedback of our product. Reach out anytime (!


    Ryan Lilly

    Marketing & Brand Manager


    How does it stand against Yellow Brick 3 ? The latter seems sooooo much cheaper to use on per month basis (I believe it's 8GBP), and offers the same functionality. Am I wrong ?

    The Yellow Brick 3 has some features which the Delorme does not. I personally think they are more suited towards an organization or professional use but, everyone is going on different trips and had their own needs. Specifically the alert features on the Yellow Brick 3:

    "Dedicated red alert button

    Timer (set the timer, if not cancelled in X minutes then alert goes off)

    Dead Man’s Switch (press a button every X minutes or alert goes off)

    Temperature (high or low temperature)

    Collision (if collision is detected)

    Geo-fence (set radius, and alert will go off if the unit moves outside that area)

    Bluetooth loss (fire an alert if Bluetooth connection is lost, e.g. remote Bluetooth fob or sensor)

    Power loss (fire an alert if USB connection or external power is lost)" - From

    The other main difference is the battery life. Delorme SE you get a point every 10 minutes and the battery lasts 100 hours.Yellow Brick can do a point every 15 minutes and last for 26 days.

    I couldnt even find a place to buy it so its hard for me to see the prices in comparison but, I am betting that the Yellow Brick 3 is a fair bit more expensive, could be totally wrong though.

    If you have anymore questions feel free to send me an email or call!

    Bill Porreca


    where/how do i find out what the subscription...

    where/how do i find out what the subscription details are as this is a purchasing factor?

    Best Answer

    Check out the link I have given below. It will show all the subscription details with prices and what is included.

    If you have more questions, feel free to call or chat in with one of our Gearheads.

    Sorry, I couldn't get it to hyperlink, so you'll just have to paste to your browser.