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    InReach Mini

    When you're going away from a world where you have constant internet access, bring along the Garmin InReach Mini to make sure you know where you are. MapShare technology tracks your location so you know where you are, and it can share that information in case you need help. A virtual keyboard lets you send customized text messages, and the InReach gives you the ability to send and receive SMS and email messages. In case of emergency, the interactive SOS function contacts a 24/7 rescue monitor so you can get help as soon as possible. Downloadable maps and NOAA charts help you find your location with colorful aerial imagery, and an optional weather forecast service from inReach provides detailed information. The display is designed to be readable in bright or dim conditions, and the device is water-resistant in case the weather is less than amicable. The lithium battery is rechargeable, and provides up to 50 hours in 10-minute tracking mode before you need to recharge.

    • Handheld GPS unit for on-land treks
    • MapShare tracks and shares your location
    • SOS feature contacts a 24/7 rescue monitor
    • Accesses downloadable maps and charts
    • Optional weather forecasts available
    • Lithium battery is rechargeable
    • InReach messaging lets you send and receive messages
    • Bluetooth compatible for convenience
    • Item #GRM009K

    Tech Specs

    2.04 x 3.9 x 1.03in
    Display Dimensions
    0.9 x 0.9in
    Display Resolution
    128 x 128 pixels
    Battery Type
    rechargeable lithium ion
    Battery Life
    [10-minute track mode] 50 hours
    Claimed Weight
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    Security blanket

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I purchased this not for month long expeditions in the Himalayas, but for the daily trail runs where a broken ankle could lead to an unexpected night out, backcountry ski tours, long days off the grid and weekend backpacking trips. The inReach Mini is easy to set up and very easy to use. Although I only use it for the preset messages and (hopefully never) the SOS button, I have found the mini very intuitive. Battery life is pretty good, I typically turn it off and check in whenever I stop. (GoPro for scale in photo)

    Security blanket

    Great peace of mind

      This thing is awesome! It's light enough that I don't think twice about throwing it in my pack. Even if I don't turn it it's nice to know I'd have it in an emergency. The testing functionality through the app works well and is much easier than typing on the small gps screen.

      Great Device

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      The InReach Mini has been awesome for anything from day trips to thru hikes and month long rafting trips. Now that I have this I'll never go on another trip without it. This works great to let family/friends know where I am or if something goes wrong. Battery life is fantastic and the mini is a great lightweight alternative to the InReach Explorer.

      Inreach mini

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      We got this as a much cheaper means of satellite communication than the Iridium Go. It works for texting, emergency rescue, navigation and weather reports. Anywhere.

      Must Have Piece of Gear

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I have used this and the prior generation of the Inreach to let my family know where I am and that everything is good. I appreciate that they have slimmed the device down significantly because I now have no excuse to not take it with me any time I am out on my own. It is easy to use and have had no issue getting messages out and back. Overall, very satisfied with the device and highly recommend it to anyone that is going outside cell coverage.

      Iridium Satellite 2 way texting + SOS

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      After using the InReach Mini for a week in Yellowstone's backcountry wilderness, I'm sold! The Mini uses the Iridium satellite network to provide seamless 2 way texting along with SOS capability. Paired with my phone and using the Earthmate app, I was able to text my friends and family just as I normally would. Send/receive would take approximately 1 minute and transmits my location with every text. Battery life was approx 3 days running 24/7. A must have for anyone spending any amount of extended time in the backcountry!

      John, Garmin has a number of different plans with different features. Full details are here:

      If you want the ability to pay for a month of service "a la carte" it's $15 a month for the basic level. This gets you 24/7 emergency service, 10 SMS messages, and the ability to pay for tracking "pings" and weather reports individually.

      Unanswered Question

      Is transmit power lower vs larger models? I see battery life is 50hr vs 100hr for larger versions, and accuracy is 3m vs 5m, so the internals must be different. Does Backcountry have a contact at Garmin who can provide that information?