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  • Send and receive text messages while beyond cellular range to any cell phone number, email address or to another inReach® (satellite subscription is required)
  • Use the web-based MapShare portal to track and share your location online with family and friends so they can ping your device and exchange messages
  • Features pre-loaded topographic maps, built-in digital compass, barometric altimeter and accelerometer
  • Built-in GPS provides basic navigation, location and tracking data within 5 meters and better accuracy than a paired/companion mobile device
  • Follow routes, drop waypoints and find your way back with a breadcrumb trail
  • Trigger an interactive SOS to GEOS, the 24/7/365 search and rescue monitoring center, to communicate the nature of your emergency
  • You can also use a cloud-powered portal to plan your trips with routes and waypoints, sync and manage your device, store all your location tracking data and much more
  • Pair with mobile devices using the free Earthmate app for access to topographic maps and U.S. NOAA charts, color aerial imagery and more
  • Internal, rechargeable lithium battery give up to 100 hours of battery life in tracking mode; up to 30 days in power save mode
  • Rugged, impact resistant and water-rated to ipx7—easily withstands rain, snow and splashes
  • Includes USB cable and carabiner clip
  • Annual or monthly satellite subscriptions are available; visit the Garmin website for options


Comes with: InReach Explorer+, USB cable, carabiner clip, documentation

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Manuals and instructions



Best Use Backpacking
GPS/Satellite Detectable Yes
Activation Manual
Location Accuracy 5
Water-Resistant Depth 1 meter
Waterproof Yes
Batteries Rechargeable internal lithium ion
Material(s) Injection-molded housing
Dimensions 6.5 x 2.7 x 1.5
Weight 7.5
Certification Approved by FCC, CE, IC
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Piece of Mind for the Adventurers Out There... I had the Delorme InReach before this and the upgraded mapping capability makes the device WAY better, in my opinion. It is easy to use, has reasonable data plans that can be changed based on your usage and gives you and your loved ones piece of mind while you are out adventuring. I bought one for my wife for our ultra running adventures so that we can text each other, via the Garmin InReach Explorer Plus, when we are out in the back country and away from cellular service. That alone is worth the cost. But being able to plot routes, communicate updates to friends, family and social media that they can actually see on a Mapshare page make it invaluable. Now, weather we are training for an event or actually running a long distance race, we know that we can be tracked or keep track of each other. #Priceless
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First GPS unit My wife and I were backpacking from the Lake Eleanor dam in Yosemite to the campsites in Lake Eleanor. The trail sign said it was a mile and a half. The trail was so overgrown with shrubs and downed trees that we couldn't even see the trail. Our Garmin Inreach Explorer came in real handy. It seamed like the longest mile and a half we have ever backpacked, but we make it because of our GPS. The bluetooth linking capabilities to my iPhone were very handy as well. Not to mention that i was able to share all of our trip data on social media. This will come in handy on our JMT hike coming up in August. I am very happy with this product so far.
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome!!! I was going camping out in Joshua Tree with friends and was going to not bring my family with me. I found out that there was no cell service. I found this unit since it was able to send and receive messages to your family over satellite. Well it worked. When everyone had no service I was keeping in close contact with my wife and kids. I also like the fact that it has SOS. You never know what could happen and want to make sure that communications is there when you need. I'm glad I purchased this!
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Usable GPS + 2-way satellite texting tl;wr - If you are interested in a useful mapping GPS with 2-way satellite texting, buy this unit. I have the previous version of this from DeLorme and liked the 2-way sat texting. While it had GPS, there were no maps to speak of so I always relied on my Garmin 64s for a GPSr and never used the InReach for GPS'ing. When the GPS part broke on my old InReach rather than get it fixed I purchased this item, the Garmin InReach Explorer+. I'm very happy with this product. I did my first major hike this weekend and rather than my 64s, I used this as my primary GPS for navigation and it worked great. Hike was the Nick Eaton Ridge/Gorton Creek loop in the Columbia River Gorge. This is still mostly a DeLorme product although the form factor is now looking more like a Garmin hiking GPS - in fact, the biner clip attachment is Garmin so I was able to use a Garmin belt attachment rather than the supplied biner clip. Big win for me as I like to fasten my GPSr to my pack straps for ease of access and the Garmin belt clip works nicely for this purpose. One of the problems I had with the older InReach product was the way I had to attach the unit to my pack so I did not bother at times to send text messages or to check on messages as it was too much a hassle to fiddle with the biner clip I was using. Now I just reach over grab the unit, check, text, and go. I'm not a big fan of DeLorme maps but the loaded maps are serviceable and the often incorrect USGS trail markings are included - I would not buy the slightly cheaper version of this as the maps and other features are nice to have and not much more money (REI membership discount makes this a super good deal). Too bad Garmin has not got the firmware to where Garmin compatible maps can be loaded. The user interface is still DeLorme but does have many improvements over the previous InReach. Rather than load waypoints like I do with my Garmin GPSs using either Basecamp or NG TOPO! you have to go through the Garmin/.DeLorme InReach web app. I don't use the mobile phone/bluetooth feature so that may be another way of doing this. For sat messaging you'll need to purchase a plan, I went with the Recreation Plan which is a 1 year contract, 25.00/month for unlimited tracking at 10 minute intervals and 40 text messages a month. Unlimited preset messages - you get 3. The other plans were either too expensive or lacking features. YMMV. While this unit is nice, I'm looking forward to what Garmin is going to do with this technology in a future GPS - say a 66s. Add some GLONASS, user maps, more bluetooth things like heart rate monitors and with the 2-way sat texting I'll be GPSr heaven.
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Update on previous review I bought two of the devices at the same time. The devices, while identical in look, function differently with tracking and other features. One of the devices tracks 100% of movements when on, whether tracking is turned on or not. The result is a clutter of tracking beyond the desired route. Outside within 10 feet of each other; one device receives satellite contact, the other does not. On the Garmin website, the following support options are offered--chat, email and telephone. Select chat and you'll be informed that they are unable to help you via chat for this device. Select email and they'll suggest that they'll respond within 3 business days. Opt to call and it's business hours only CST. No holiday or weekend support (likely when you'll use the product). The other reviewers seem to have had better luck and this may be a step-up from previous versions, but if you're a new user, brace yourself for some frustration along any learning curve. Again, too, you'll need to use a PC; the product suggests its both Mac and PC friendly but syncing fails on the Mac as of mid-March 2017.
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Feels like a beta version Bought two inReach Explorer+ on the advice of the local REI store and haven't had the same experience of the other reviewers. The device is not intuitive for a new user, it requires multiple syncing with website and phone (and syncing fails on a Mac), the buttons are quirky and erratic and the support tools (in product, online and phone) are substandard. Wanted to love it...
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Buy it. It could save your life. First let me introduce myself. I'm a nature photographer. I often go where no cell service has gone before. As such I have two important needs. I must know where I am and how to get where I whsh to be. My other need is to communicate with the outside world for safety and more routine issues. The inReach, since its inception at DeLorme has filled the second need by providing a reliable two-way satellite texting device. I've had each model and they all worked perfectly... period. My first need, orienteering was achieved over the years by a succession of GPS devices from Garmin. Each was a leap forward from its predecessor and also worked as advertised. Of course, I'm no fool so there's a magnetic compass and map tucked in a pocket of my backpack in case of electronic failure. OK, now for the review. In 2016 Garmin bought DeLorme. A year later we see the inReach Explorer+ which merges both the inReach satellite communicator with an on-board GPS including 24K scale maps of the US and Canada (Mexico is also included, but at less resolution). So let's consider what that means. In a single device you have the ability to accurately locate yourself on a topo map, move to any other location on the map and drop a waypoint and the inReach will draw a straight line route to follow via the map or the built in compass. All the while you are aware of the terrain over which you must travel. You can adjust as needed to avoid obstacles by dropping additional waypoints. But wait... there's more. you also have the ability to send and receive texts to anyone (not just other inReach users) via their smartphones or email. So you're never alone. You're also one button away from an international search and rescue service which will send help at once while staying in communication with you. All messages sent from the inReach, both routine and SOS include your exact location. The recipient can click on a link and see exactly where you are on a topo map. So BOTH of my basic needs are met with just this one device. Now for the big questions: Does it work? Do I need it? Is there something better for me? YES IT WORKS. The satellite communicator on this newest model works as reliably as the older versions. In other words, if you can find some sky. it will get your messages out and responses back. The time it takes depends on how much sky you can see and how often you set it to look for satellites. As for the new GPS features, they are also reliable as you would expect coming from Garmin. So to be clear, this is a robust, reliable satellite communicator and GPS orienteering device all in one package with the ability to last 100 hours on a charge if used responsibly. That should end the discussion. In my thinking, everyone who drives out of cell coverage should have one of these with a minimum subscription plan if only to be able to summon help if the car brakes down. Now for the bugs part. Everything that I have already discussed works perfectly and bug free to my knowledge. But the inReach has some other features that are'nt needed for communication and orienteering, but make it easier to get some things done. It can connect via Bluetooth to your smartphone or tablet. Then you can have a larger screen and easy keyboard to view the map and send a text home. It also has a website assigned to you alone to set waypoints, create routes, overlay additional types of maps, list your frequent contacts, and often used text messages. These are not necessary features, but using them before setting out will make your time in the back country easier. This is where the bugs are showing up. I've read that syncing with a MAC to download routes, contacts, pre-written messages etc. is having problems. In my experiance, connecting via Bluetooth to my older iPhone using pre iOS 10 software is a problem with the app provided. What I can say with certainty is that the people at Garmin, many who stayed on when it was taken over from DeLorme are dedicated to customer service. I have faith that these bugs will soon be fixed with a new firmware update. In the meantime, the problems don't impact the stand-alone functionality of the inReach Explorer+ so as to be a deal killer. There is NO OTHER OPTION if you want both GPS and two-way satellite communication. If you don't go off the paved roads and don't need the GPS features, you might consider the inReachSE at $150 less. So don't hesitate to buy this great device. As a stand-alone unit it works perfectly. There is no substitute. The bugs are related to unnecessary, but useful features and will be fixed soon. Think of it this way. This can save your life if you're lost in the wilderness, at sea, or just in a ditch along the Interstate out of cell phone range.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Potentially Life Saving Device ! Excellent build quality - rugged - reliable - feature rich. This is a must have device for world travelers - hikers - campers - hunters - airplane pilots - balloonists - bicycle riders - anyone that ventures into places where you do not have coverage on your cell phone. This device can literally save your live or those of fellow travelers. It works worldwide - that is a BIG BIG area. Great for peace of mind - check in - send short messages - there for emergencies - the maps and navigation features are a very useful bonus too. No need to carry a GPS unit and an emergency device. All you need is this one device for worldwide communication. Think about it - worldwide communications capability in the palm of your hand. I never ever travel anywhere without mine. The peace of mind is priceless ! Highly recommended.
Date published: 2017-03-16
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What is the cost of subscribing? Do I have to sign up for 12 months like the Spot or can I pay for a month or two at a time? I don't hike EVERY month of the year and see no reason to pay a annual fee if I only use it 3-4 months of the year.

Asked by: Ridgerunner1
​The Garmin inReach has the option for a monthly subscription or 12 month subscription; for more information and pricing on the subscription plans we recommend contacting the vendor Garmin.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-08

What is the difference between the Explorer+ and the SE+ ?

Asked by: Glenn
The biggest difference is that the Explorer+ has topographical maps while the SE+ doesn't. So, on the Explorer you'd see your route on a map background including lakes/land/etc versus the SE+ where you'd see a blank grid background. And, a longer answer per Garmin: As satellite communicators, both the inReach SE+ and Explorer+ offer identical messaging capabilities. However, it’s on the GPS navigation side that their differences become apparent. While inReach SE+ uses GPS to provide basic grid navigation and allow you to drop waypoints, mark key locations, track your progress, and follow a breadcrumb trail back to base – the inReach Explorer+ goes a step beyond, providing full-fledged GPS on-map guidance with preloaded TOPO mapping and waypoint routings viewable directly on the unit. Plus, a built-in digital compass, barometric altimeter and accelerometer are included with Explorer+ to help you get and maintain accurate bearings anywhere on or off the beaten path.
Answered by: BBroad
Date published: 2017-04-08

I'm an old guy and occasionally am out of cel phone coverage. all I'm really interested in is people being able to find me if I'm out in the woods by myself and have an accident. Any reason not to go with the delorme at the closeout price?

Asked by: Johnny Beans
The older Delirme inReach SE is all you need to get satellite texting and email ability. Of course you will also need a subscription plan. The cheapest will cost just under $15.00 each month. It includes 10 messages (extras cost $0.50 each). Subscribers also get the emergency services of GEOS for search and rescue. Most rescues are free of extra cost. However an additional policy is available for $18.00 per year to cover up to $50k for a single incident's charges if needed.  I have used the inReach SE throughout North America. It has reliable coverage, even in thick woods. It's secret is its ability to let you write a message and then it checks for a satellite at regular intervals or when you specifically ask it to. When it accesses a satellite, it sends the message and checks for any incoming messages. This all happens in seconds. So even if a satellite is in range for a brief time, such as in deep woods, the messages get out and received. I used to use a satellite phone. Many times I would say "Hello" and them loose the connection. With the inReach communication is much more reliable but slower unless you set it to check for satellites more frequently then it's normal 10 minute interval. So hear's the bottom line from one old guy to another. The inReach, in my opinion is the ONLY viable choice for reliable communication anywhere. I always have one within arms length in my car in case of an accident outside of cell range. I wouldn't go hiking without it. If all you need is its ability to communicate via satellite, get the older DeLorme SE or Explorer. Both will also provide you with a free Earthmate app for your phone that will allow you to download topo maps. Earthmate will stand alone as a great navigation tool using your phone's GPS. But if you link it to your inReach via Bluetooth, it will let you compose messages using the familiar phone keyboard. I lot easier. The messages will be sent from the inReach. I turn my phone to airplane mode, then turn Bluetooth back on to link with the inReach. Since there is no cell or wifi service in remote areas, this prolongs the phone's battery. On long overnight hikes I turn the phone off until I wish to compose a message or check the topo map. So as you see the older DeLorme SE or Explorer have all the features available, both messaging and the same detailed topo maps. The only advantage of the new Garmin Explorer+ is that they are all in one unit. The older DeLorme units need a phone to access the maps. So if you can save $150 or more dollars by getting a Delorme SE, go for it. you lose nothing in terms of functionality and you can use the savings to pay for AAA road service for a year. Safe travels. 
Answered by: Nature Photographer
Date published: 2017-04-18

Is there a difference in it since Garmin took over the company? Inreach explorer the same?

Asked by: Nick
The form factor of the device is better and the added maps on the Explorer Plus are a huge upgrade, in my opinion. But the user interface on the device is very similar to the older InReach devices.
Answered by: TimChristoni
Date published: 2017-03-31

If I text a message to my wife's cell phone and she responds to me, does it cost her (me) extra in terms of text charges, since it is a text sent to a satellite device?

Asked by: stmcqueen
The straight answer is EVERY text or email message both to and from the inReach is counted as one message point against your plan. So if you send a text and your wife replies two message points are charged. If you have the cheapest Annual Safety plan it includes 10 message points each month. Extras cost 50 cents each. That plan is under $15 / month including taxes. For frequent use consider the Expedition plan at $49.95 plus taxes. Even the Safety plan with 50 cent overages would get you about 80 messages before reaching the cost of the Expedition plan. The significant issue is safety. The ability to have two-way communications with Search and Rescue staff, family and friends, and also a robust GPS map and navigation system in my view makes the inReach Explorer+ a breakthrough device. PLBs are great, but one-way. You can't tell Search and Rescue responders the nature of your emergency. They may not bring the needed equipment for a heart attack, or medication for a diabetic incident etc. And they can't ask you vital questions. And all SOS conversations are FREE. That's what makes the inReach so valuable. And at less than $15 a month I don't leave home without it. I would also opt into the GEOS S&R option at $17.95 / year. This can pay for Search and Rescue charges that could run into the thousands considering your location. I hope this helps. Safe travels.
Answered by: Nature Photographer
Date published: 2017-04-10

Does this unit have a "GO TO" feature, allowing me to select a waypoint (camp, trailhead, car, etc.) tap GO TO and it navigates to the waypoint?

Asked by: Scott911
Yes. You go to Maps, position the cursor where you want to go, click the check button and then click on "location info" and then click on "Navigate" begin navigation. You can also mark a waypoint using this path. For waypoints that you have already marked, you simply go to the waypoint menu, select on and then click "navigate" to begin navigating.
Answered by: TimChristoni
Date published: 2017-03-31

How good is the GPS really?  I live in Alaska, and am out in the back of beyond at high lattitudes frequently.  I like that this could serve as both GPS unit and PLB, but am cautious that it can do both well.  Thoughts?

Asked by: Nome_man
The inReach uses two separate satellite systems. The GPS system is the exact same Global Positioning System (GPS) that's maintained by the US government. It has only one function. It will triangulate signals from multipal satellites to pinpoint the exact location of a GPS receiver. The inReach has such a receiver. Over the years technology has improved to the point where modern GPS receivers acquire sufficient satellite signals and locate to within a few yards consistently in a very short time. In theory, since the satellites cover the entire surface of the Earth with their signals it shouldn't vary from place to place. However, I would be foolish not to acknowledge the possibility that local anomalies, such as the polar auroras could have an affect. You would need to research this to better understand if any such circumstances exist. The inReach uses the Iridium telecommunication satellite system to pass messages and tracking data to the DeLorme (Garmin) server for interface with the Internet and email, text, your MapShare site etc. Iridium is a system of over 60 satellites that constantly circle the Earth in low orbit. Their main function is for satellite voice phone use. This is a reliable network used by thousands of people worldwide. However it is not cheap. Satellite phones are in the $600 to $2000 range and the service is in the hundreds of dollars even if used infrequently. So the fantastic thing about the inReach is that it will let us send short text or email messages for under 50 cents each. Simply put, if gives the average person the ability to communicate from remote places at an affordable cost. Now to specifically answer your question... You're guess is as good as mine. By that I mean that you imply your Alaskan location causes poor satellite reception. You may be correct. There may be a good reason for this. But if there is, it will probably be universal to all such devices and not better or worse depending on which one you buy. So my advice would be to get the inReach Explorer+ since their is no other two-way satellite communication device that includes GPS location and costs a fourth of what I shell out for my morning coffee. Try it out. If you are not satisfied, REI has a great money back policy.
Answered by: Nature Photographer
Date published: 2017-04-10

I had the Delorme PN60 and had issues with GPS route tracking where the unit looses it signal. I later switched the Garmin GPSMap62, Oregon, GPSMap64 with same issue w/InReach as separate unit. Has anyone had this issue. Garmin support says this is fixed.

Asked by: David
It helps to understand how GPS and communication satellites differ. With GPS you need signals from at least 3 satellites to triangulate your position. In deep woods, canyons, or other places where a wide expanse of sky is obstructed it is possible to drop one of the satellites from time to time.  On the other hand, communication satellites move swiftly across the sky. All you need is a few seconds where one is visible to send and receive texts from the inReach. The inReach Explorer+ has two separate systems, one for each use, GPS and communications. So depending on how much sky is available you may be able to text yet have trouble getting a GPS fix. In practical terms, these units have improved tremendously over the years in their ability to find satellite signals in deep forest and other difficult places. More often than not, if you lose a GPS fix it will return soon if you move your location. These issues are factors with ALL GPS receivers. If you consistently lose your location, and you have a lot of sky overhead, only then should you contact the manufacturer to see if you have a defective device.
Answered by: Nature Photographer
Date published: 2017-04-17
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