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Need advice before purchasing a GPS.

I am interested in a handheld GPS unit with maps and emergency communicator. I primarily do solo strenuous hikes in the Smokies out of cell range.  I currently use a Spot Gen3 but would like to have GPS map capability. Makes sense to have one unit. Garmin InReach seems like a reasonable choice unless there is a significant advantage to more expensive units. The 66i has a larger screen but largely negative ratings, and the product support comments are consistently poor. I would appreciate any input before I make the investment. Thank you.

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@Philreedshikes No maps on the mini. 

The Explorer+ has a 1.4 x 1.9 inch 200 x 265 pixels screen.  It is small but usable and is certainly fine as a redundant device if you amend it with a cell phone or a paper map.




A display example iphone 7plus/gaia app vs garmin


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