Ive used a Delorme InReach in the past: Garmin brought the company out and now have three units. (well 5, but 2 I’m interested in.)
I do some hikes and travel out the range of mobile communication and don’t want to pay for a Satellite phone, SMS will suffice for me for emergency comms and feeding back to the Tour Operators and Travel Agents that all is good.
Last year I had an incident in Hoanib river bed, where comms were a cock up and don’t need a repeat of that. Ultimately all was sorted and the back and forth of SMS messages may not have been anything but a costly exercise and slower than Satellite phone.
So whats peoples Ideas: In Reach mini or the in reach Explorer+
My thoughts are that the explorer has longer battery life, and is also GPS (can you load Tracks 4Africa onto them?) but its more expensive.
Once its all gone wrong and you’re walking out, at least the InReach has a GPS on it, and is mildly better for typing out messages once your phone battery’s died, or am I just over thinking things? where the mini will suffice?
Grateful for peoples opinions and feedback.