JUST IN CASE
Satellite communicators, including Garmin’s inreach and the Spot Gen3, allow users to send pre-scripted messages to their contacts, enable friends and family to track adventure from afar and, in the event of an emergency, support communication with Geos Worldwide’s privately operated International Emergency Response Coordination Center. While both devices provide a safety net, Garmin’s inreach models come packed with significantly more functionality, including the ability to navigate (either in stand-alone mode or when paired with a wireless device) and to access three levels of weather forecasting. Garmin makes two inreach models — the inreach SE+ and the inreach Explorer+, the difference being that the SE+ facilitates basic grid navigation in stand-alone mode and the Explorer+ allows users to navigate on-screen using graphically rich cartography. All these devices require subscription services.