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inReach Messenger

4.148760330578512 out of 5 stars
121 Reviews


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Why We Like The Garmin inReach Messenger

We venture far beyond the reaches of cell service with Garmin's inReach Messenger offering us seamless connection with family and friends to give them peace of mind while we're out clearing our own. We preset messages and check-in times, so we can spend more time exploring and less time staring at a screen. This little device does more than text, it gives us weather updates and TracBack routing to keep us prepared and on course.


  • Compact satellite communicator to stay in touch when out of range
  • Durable housing is impact resistant and submersible up to 1 meter
  • Preset messages and send confirmations for quick, reliable check-ins
  • Long battery life gives up to 46 days of use between charges
  • TracBack feature to retrace your steps if you get turned around
  • Interactive SOS to quickly get in-touch with emergency center
  • Includes inReach Messenger, Type A to Type C USB cable, and documentation
  • Please see size chart for complete list of technical features
  • Item #GRMF065
Digital Compass
yes, GPS compass while moving
Technical Features
see size chart
Operating System
Garmin Messenger app, Bluetooth, ANT+
Battery Type
rechargeable lithium ion
Battery Life
[message/location sent every 30min] (full sky view) 46 days, (moderate tree cover) 23 days, [message/location sent every 10min] (full sky view) 28 days, (moderate tree cover) 14 days, [message/location sent every 2min] (full sky view) 6 days, (moderate tree cover) 3 days, [powered off] 1 year
3.1 x 2.5 x 0.9in
Claimed Weight
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year
backpacking, backcountry skiing, backcountry snowboarding, backcountry snowshoeing, backcountry riding, cross country, nordic touring, mountaineering, climbing
IPX7 (submersible up to 1m for 30min)
Face Size
1 x 0.43in, 1.08in diagonal

Overall Rating

4 based on 121 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 4 reviews
2 Stars - 11 reviews
3 Stars - 14 reviews
4 Stars - 26 reviews
5 Stars - 66 reviews

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5 out of 5 stars

June 16, 2024

Savior in a Small Package

I plan on doing some serious hiking/backpacking this fall and the InReach Messenger really puts my family at ease and makes communication easy in remote locations. I think it a reasonable investment if you plan on being off grid.


Originally reviewed on Garmin

5 out of 5 stars

June 10, 2024

Works great

For the inial test, I put the device in a suitcase and put the suitcase inside my camper during a weekend trip. The device transmitted with no problems through the case and the surrounding vehicle. I expect it will work flawlessly out in the woods.

Gerrit Roelof

Originally reviewed on Garmin

5 out of 5 stars

June 8, 2024

Simple and Functional

Recently purchased the inReach Messenger and have used it once (so far) on a 7-day rafting/camping trip in a remote area of eastern UT. My initial impressions after one trip are that it's an impressive device with no frills features. I needed a device for two purposes: To receive weather updates when on extended trips in remote areas and to send an SOS in the event of an emergency and I wanted the ability to communicate with loved ones if/when needed. This device is excellent for those purposes. I had no issues receiving detailed and accurate weather updates and sending occasional trip updates via texts using the Messenger App. I decided to purchase the inReach Messenger over the InReach Mini 2 primarily because: (1) The Messenger has a better antenna and faster satellite uplink depending on your location; (2) It has longer battery life, especially when using all of the battery-saving features; (3) It has the option to reverse charge a phone or other small device if needed; and (4) I didn't need a device for navigation. I wanted a simple and robust emergency SOS and communication device. My only complaints are that the Messenger should include a lanyard, the default (free) message options should be expanded with more options (they're okay, but rather vague), and I wish there were more subscription options (e.g., month-to-month is great, but plans where you can pay for an extended period throughout the year would be preferable options too, for example, paying a reduced rate for 3 to 4 months at a time).

Outdoor Explorer

Originally reviewed on Garmin

4 out of 5 stars

June 3, 2024

Technically Excellent

I wanted to move from the inReach Mini to the Messenger mainly due to battery life. So far it has worked well and the battery life is as advertised and is working well. The main disappointment is case/mounting options. I wish I had spent more time looking into this lack of options but I just assumed since Garmin has done so well this would have it as well.


Originally reviewed on Garmin

5 out of 5 stars

May 31, 2024

Great Battery Life!

As a dedicated backpacker often exploring remote areas with our scout troop, the InReach Messenger has proven to be an exceptional upgrade from my previous InReach Mini version 1. The features of the Messenger offer significant advantages, making it a preferred choice for anyone who pairs their device with a smartphone. For those seeking a stand-alone unit, the InReach Mini might be a better fit. Pros: *Superior Battery Life: One of the standout improvements is the significantly better battery life of the InReach Messenger. This enhancement has allowed me to leave my external battery at home, reducing my pack weight slightly. *Faster Messaging: The speed at which messages send and receive on the Messenger is noticeably faster than on the Mini v1. This improvement was a pleasant surprise, and I attribute it to the better antenna on the Messenger. This could be particularly important when hiking in canyons or thick tree cover. *Better App Integration: The new Messenger app is a substantial improvement over the old Earthmate app required for the Mini v1. The ease of use and enhanced functionality of the Messenger app make communication more straightforward. *SOS Feature: Although I have thankfully never had to use it, the SOS feature offers immense peace of mind for both me and the parents of the scouts. Knowing that help is just a button press away in an emergency is reassuring. Cons: Screen Size: My only minor gripe with the InReach Messenger is the screen size. It’s quite small and difficult for me to read without glasses (which I prefer to leave at home on backpacking trips). While this isn't an issue when my phone is operational, it could pose an inconvenience if my phone were to fail. Overall: Despite the small screen size, the benefits of the InReach Messenger far outweigh this minor inconvenience. The enhanced battery life, faster message transmission, and improved app integration make it an excellent choice for backpackers who use their devices in conjunction with a smartphone. For those who prioritize a stand-alone device, the InReach Mini remains a solid option. However, for my needs, the InReach Messenger is the superior choice.


Originally reviewed on Garmin

5 out of 5 stars

May 1, 2024

Safety net

I hike alone sometimes there is no cell service I'm able to keep in touch with my family now. I notice a lot of hikers are Also using the garmin devices. Simple easy to use.


Originally reviewed on Garmin

5 out of 5 stars

April 26, 2024

Fantástico dispositivo

me encanto!! es rápido y efectivo, un poco difícil la programación pero una vez hecha es una bala.. funciona perfecto


Originally reviewed on Garmin

2 out of 5 stars

April 19, 2024

Poor battery life, mediocre reception

Battery sucks! only lasts 2 days on average Reception is just ok. Lots of waiting, failed to send about a quarter of the time Overall, I'm not impressed


Originally reviewed on Garmin

4 out of 5 stars

April 19, 2024

Works well once set up

Everything works as advertised. The only strange bit (unless I just missed something) was setting up contacts I wanted to include in my check-ins and tracking. I was the default recipient which didn't make much sense. Once I figured that out, everything went fine. Definitely check everything with a friend BEFORE you head out.


Originally reviewed on Garmin

5 out of 5 stars

April 12, 2024

Great features and battery life

I purchased this for a 10 day motorcycle trip around Arizona, and I was very happy with it. I had tried other devices in the past, and this has been the only one that met my expectations. Loved that my family to "follow" me during the trip, and knowing that I was protected in the remote areas without a cell signal was a great piece of mind. I'd highly recommend this if you travel knowing cell signals will be dicey.


Originally reviewed on Garmin