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    Garmin inreach

    Looking for an inreach with the ability to have topo maps

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    I've had a inreach + for 2 years .
    They can't do the Topo downloads like the Rino. You have to use Garmin and inreach maps aren't as detailed at the Rino ones. I just take my phone with full NZmap set and it's my camera too. Plus inreach is much easier to use with the phone earth mate app.

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    Ok so maybe I should just get an inreach mini and use my phone for maps?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PerazziSC3 View Post
    Ok so maybe I should just get an inreach mini and use my phone for maps?
    Regardless of which one you get I'd suggest using your phone for maps. Much better screen and maps

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    So is there any benefit to the explorer over the mini? Cant you write texts on your phone and send via mini?

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    Na just don't want to lug a mountain radio into fiordland next week and don't want to waste $200+ hiring a sat phone.

    That ok? Any recommendations @Hunter_killer

    Have had a garmin rhino for years which has been really good but I end up carrying that, plus phone plus plb plus mountain radio on expedition type trips which seems like it can be avoided
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    I got the explorer for work...the mini and phone is defo way forward.

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    Garmin inreach

    All in all, they look pretty good TBH, live weather updates and Topo imagery etc.

    Reservations (talking point); Don’t believe the “PLB” function is as robust as a dedicated unit though. Think you run them on a data plan of sorts, so there is an ongoing cost on top of the unit.

    I personally use Topo maps on my phone (using the phone GPS), carry a map and compass (compass is gold in my opinion), also carry an old Fortrex 401, and have a PLB (100% must have). Plenty of redundancy.

    Each to their own though. I certainly wouldn’t turn my nose up at it if I was offered one.

    Have you looked into the Garmin Fenix5Plus/Tactix Charlie watches?
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    Yip looked at fenix watch and was tempted but I think I'm leaning towards garmin mini and phone. Quite a weight saving there
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    Quote Originally Posted by PerazziSC3 View Post
    Yip looked at fenix watch and was tempted but I think I'm leaning towards garmin mini and phone. Quite a weight saving there
    Would be keen to hear how it goes.


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    Yes you can do all the things with the mini you can do with the other two using earthmate and your phone.
    Im not sure why theres so much reluctance of the SOS function on the Inreach? I guess until someone needs it and can report the results there will be skeptics.
    I dont think it was designed with the intent of replacing a PLB more so to compliment it.

    Theyre farkn handy especially if you are running late or weathered in and cant bug out. Family has piece of mind and you can talk to pilot if need be and rearrange ferry bookings all from the Landsborough valley.
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    The battery life on the Fenix watches is pretty woeful.

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    Mini, phone and battery pack for emergency charges.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hunter_killer View Post

    Reservations (talking point); Don’t believe the “PLB” function is as robust as a dedicated unit though. Think you run them on a data plan of sorts, so there is an ongoing cost on top of the unit.
    the SOS function, from what ive read the inreach will transmit your gps location for search and rescue which is great when you think of the other advantages like being able to make contact and advise your situation, but a plb will constantly transmit your position via vhf (apparently helps pinpoint your location with more accuracy once help is closer)which can help sar get to you alot quicker.
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