Small Two-Way Satellite Communicat­or For Any Adventure


Garmin has developed a smaller and more compact satellite communicat­or with twoway messaging and a 24/7 SOS function when combined with an inReach subscripti­on. Measuring just 10 cm tall x 5 cm wide (4”x2”), and weighing 100 g, the inReach Mini can easily be carried in a backpack, boat, plane, or glove box. No more worrying about spotty coverage or being within range of a cell tower – it works anywhere when using the Iridium satellite network.

“You’ll never have to sacrifice space or weight in your pack; it’s small enough to stow nearly anywhere so it can be out of sight but still give you – and your loved ones at home – peace of mind that it’s there when you need it,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales.

The Earthmate® app easily pairs with the inReach Mini via Bluetooth to a compatible smartphone for access to unlimited maps, aerial imagery, and U.S. NOAA charts. The Earthmate app also allows all of the inReach features to be accessed through a paired mobile device, so a user can reach anyone in their contact list.

The inReach Mini also works with Garmin’s fenix smartwatch line to send and receive messages from their watch with the device securely fastened to their pack, kit, or vehicle. The user can remotely program the device to send and receive messages with compatible Garmin handhelds, wearables, or other mobile devices.

A user can hit the SOS button in case of emergency that sends a distress signal to GEOS®, a 24/7 Internatio­nal Emergency Response Coordinati­on Center. GEOS will track the device, which triggered the SOS, notify the proper contacts, and send the necessary emergency responders to the exact location. GEOS will deliver a confirmati­on that help is on the way and also continuall­y update the user on the status of the response team. GEOS will also reach out to the user’s emergency contact and alert them of the situation.

It is impact resistant and water-rated to IPX7, includes an internal, rechargeab­le lithium battery for up to 50 hours of use at the default 10-minute tracking mode and up to 20 days at the 30-minute interval extended tracking mode. To learn more, visit www.garmin.com/inreach. MSRP: $350 USD

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