Whether you find yourself a hundred miles out deep sea fishing, hiking deep into the Alaskan interior, or surrounded by a vast South American jungle, you're always in touch when you have the inReach SE Satellite Communicator. Even if you are out of range of cell towers, this handheld satellite communicator enables you to send and receive text messages, track your whereabouts, and send out an SOS in case of an emergency thanks to its Iridium network that provides complete global coverage and two-way communication.
|Operating Temperature:||-20°C to +60°C (-4°F to +140°F)|
|Storage Temperature:||-40°C to +85°C (-40°F to +185°F)|
|Delorme inReach SE Two-Way Satellite Communicator||$299.95|
|Delorme inReach SE 2-Way Satellite Communicator||$299.95|
|Delorme InReach SE||$299.95|
The inReach is a great tool for someone looking for the comfort and safety features of a satellite phone or PLB, but not needing the ability to talk on the phone.
As far as texting goes, I have always been able to send out texts with no problem, even to international phone numbers. However, I have experienced problems receiving texts, most notably from international numbers. I would recommend communicating via email as I found this to be the easiest to receive replies, and easy for recipients to forward.
I do appreciate the map and tracking features which were fun for others at home to watch progress and location. I would NOT try using this as a form of GPS as it does take a while to access satellites in some cases, maps in my opinion are not as reliable and detailed enough, and the inReach does not have all the features necessary for use as a GPS.
The Earthmate app works great and makes sending messages much easier. However, it does require you have your phone on you which is just another piece of equipment to carry and charge. I was able to charge the inReach with a goal zero Nomad 7 just fine.
As far as coverage I am yet to find a place in North and South America I was not able to send a message. I was able to send messages from inside a tent just fine as well. The SOS function instructions are easy to follow and stay locked so no accidental SOS messages can be sent from inside a pocket or pack.
Set up with DeLorme is easy. I will mention I found the service plans to be a little limiting, there are only 1 year or 4 months plans. I would appreciate a shorter plan period for single trips. Also, please be aware that after the end of your contract you need to cancel your subscription or you will continue to be charged on a monthly basis.
All in all a great device, construction is bomb proof, and all the features you want are there. I would definitely recommend the inReach for someone who wants to stay in touch for an affordable price.
Now I understand why The Backpacker Magazine voted inReach as "Editors Choice". They weren't kidding! My new SE device is really cool. I wanted a 2 way texting device for when I go remote, and its really easy to do the 160 character messaging right off the keyboard. This device delivers! I bought a Brunton solar charger to recharge the battery for longer trips out in the Uintahs and so far it works pretty good.
I wont use the unit year round, so I decided to go with the 4 month seasonal plan so I don't have to pay for service in the spring and summer when I will use it less. Pretty affordable at $39/month. I decided to sell my satphone [since it never worked well anyway] and so far, its been the right move.
So far coverage has been impeccable. I was a little worried if it would work of not under the heavy tree canopy by Crater Lake, and I got 100% of my tracks through. It was fun to use it paired with my iPhone and use the Free DeLorme Topo maps that you can download to the app. I haven't had to use the SOS, but its really handy in case I use it. The rep at Backcountry was great too. She answered all my questions.