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Garmin inReach Explorer+

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Why We Like The inReach Explorer+

The Garmin inReach Explorer+ acts as our emergency lifeline to civilization in case we 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.

  • Satellite-based communication when going 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)
  • Item #GRM007S

Housing Material
Digital Compass
3-axis digital compass and barometric altimeter
Operating System
Battery Type
rechargeable lithium-ion
Battery Life
[default 10min tracking] 100 hours, [10min tracking, 1sec logging] 75 hours, [power save, 30min interval] 30 days, [powered off] 3 years
2.7 x 6.5 x 1.5in
Claimed Weight
Recommended Use
alpine & expedition, backpacking
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Tech Specs

What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 2

Not a useful GPS.

I've used it several times

I was surprised to find that an actual GPS device is much more convoluted and difficult to use than my phone apps like GAIA or Ride With GPS. I Mostly keep my inReach SE+ turned off and hang onto it only as a method of SOS or text communication. I really regret purchasing this device and wish I had bought a smaller SOS device. Even when linked with their "Explore" portal and synced with the Earthmate app, Garmin has managed to make the interface and upload process so convoluted it will make you give up. Not to mention that half the time .kml or .gps uploads only show up as partial routes making turn by turn navigation impossible. My advice is to buy a really nice case for your phone and an extra battery pack for it and just get a small SOS device. Garmin has a lot of development to do for user interface on its app and web .

want to sell it? my son has mine and i'd like a 2nd one. btw - i love mine!

Still has satellite connection with SOS for when you have no cell service. Pretty much all I’m gonna use it for.

>Rating: 5

Peace of Mind for your loved ones

I've put it through the wringer

I do a fair a amount of hiking just with my Children and wanted to start doing more ambitious objectives with them or by myself. This device helped alleviate some of the concerns of my wife. One of the great features of this device is the ability to share a real time map of where you are with people who are concerned about you. Another great feature is that if I run into some unforeseen circumstances I can send a message to my wife letting her know that I will be later than planned. Whether that's only an hour or two or if I end up being benighted in the backcountry. This device also has the advantage over some other tracking/satellite messaging devices that it's also an excellent GPS removing the need to bring along a separate device. The SOS feature on this device is so easy to use that I've shown my children how to use it in case I am injured and unable to activate it myself. I take this device on all my adventures beyond cell range.

>Rating: 4

Awesome connectivity. Great Interface.

I've put it through the wringer

I bought this for a long trip out of cell reception. I was two weeks in the mountains and I love my wife. Therefore, I didnt want to come home to a locked home. I bought this so I could send her messages and she could track my location when needed. You get soo much more than that in its functionality. The interface with the Garmin app is superb. The tracking is nice however, the topo is something to be desired ( 1 star short of perfect). Watch a few videos online before taking out because the rabbit hole goes deep on this one. So much functionality, it will take me another trip to really get hang of it.

>Rating: 2

Dead after 22 months

I've used it several times

I bought InReach Explorer from Backcountry in June 2016, and it died 22 months later. Garmin charged $200 to replace. I use it for flying gliders, and know how many times it was used: less than 60. With purchase price plus subscription it worked out to about $13 per flight!

What do you mean by dead? If the battery lasted 22 months then that’s amazing. If it just stopped working then that’s a bit concerning. Also buying a device you didn’t use much doesn’t mean the device is bad and poor quality as your rating suggests.

How much would this be worth if you didn’t have it and needed it. $13 insurance policy seems like a good deal. I’ve spent $1800 on beacons for my family and we have never been in an avalanche. It’s money very well spent (wasted) and my recommendation is that you look at the investment in your safety the same way.

>Rating: 5

Easy navigation

I've used it several times

First thing to make clear is that being able to use the SOS button or messaging requires a subscription, but there are options so you can just pay for the time that you'll need it. Being able to download satellite imagery to your phone to sync with the GPS is a really nice feature for helping to navigate the rugged southern Utah wilderness areas.

>Rating: 5

Great addition to your Kit.

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

Great device. The set up was relatively easy. The device walks you through step by step and it is easy to follow.. Just two things to keep in mind during the set up process: Make sure you have a clear view of the sky and download the manual from the garmin website so that you know what to expect. Eventhough it requires a subscription to be used, , you can tailor it to your needs. I beleive this is a great addition to your kit if you enjoy your long hikes and want some peace of mnd for you and love ones waiting for you at home..

>Rating: 5

Mandatory Gear

After years of thinking I didn't need a tracking device, I now don't go without one. The InReach is easy to use and well built. Plus, it keeps your s.o. happy when you are running late!


how much is the text messaging subscription


Do you need a subscription to use this device as a GPS?