DeLorme inReach Explorer

DeLorme inReach Explorer Satellite GPS

What?

A lot more than just GPS

Why?

It’s really not a good idea to unplug completely in the wild

$380 Buy

Lost and Found

Hit the slopes or backcountry trails with this inReach Explorer GPS unit, which does much more than help you find your way. If you get lost, stuck in a storm, or injured, it can also send emails and texts to concerned friends and family, or even send an SOS signal to the GEOS search-and-rescue center. The inReach Explorer taps into the Iridium network of satellites to give users GPS accuracy down to 16 feet and access to MapShare, which will note your location for other users with an inReach Explorer to find you. It even marks waypoints for up to four hours so those same people can follow your actual trail. This could be handy not only in emergency-type situations, but also if you blaze the trail and set up a campsite ahead of the rest of your party. Plus, the unit’s Bluetooth compatibility allows you to connect your inReach Explorer to a smartphone or tablet for sharing your wild expeditions on social media. Charge the unit’s 100-hour lithium-polymer battery via solar or USB power sources.

Notes: An active satellite subscription is required to use inReach. The company offers two plans: a 30-day plan or an annual 12-month contract with lower monthly fees. Comes with a Goal Zero Nomad 7 Solar Panel with USB port, Goa Zero Flip 10 Recharger with USB ports, and an orange inReach protective and flotation case. An optional Extreme Communication Kit is available for $480.

DeLorme inReach Extreme Communication Kit