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2/01/2021 12:59 pm  #1


Satellite communicator

I’m in the market for a new communicator since my old one (InReach) is at the bottom of Big Trout. I was pretty happy with it, so I’m leaning towards sticking with inreach, but am wondering about the different models. Does anyone here have the inreach mini? If so, have you found it to be decent? Any complaints or anything missing from it that you’d find useful?

 

2/01/2021 1:05 pm  #2


Re: Satellite communicator

I have the inreach mini. No complaints at all. Big step up from my old Spot Gen 3. You do have to pair it with a cell phone to use the interactive features. But as an emergency beacon you don't need a phone. I have a friend who uses the Zoleo Messenger. Seems to do a lot of the same things and worked really well for us last September when we got extracted from the Noir.

 

2/01/2021 1:25 pm  #3


Re: Satellite communicator

I have the Mini too.. No issues. good battery life. Not sure if your plan was with Roadpost on your old device Drew but if it was you will need to choose a Garmin plan if you buy a Mini or any of their new devices I think.  


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2/01/2021 2:46 pm  #4


Re: Satellite communicator

Thanks guys, Glad to hear it’s a good option.

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2/01/2021 4:40 pm  #5


Re: Satellite communicator

Another +1 for the mini. If you just turn it on to send a message then turn it back off, the battery life will last forever. Pretty sure it only went down to 80% after a week long trip.

Preset messages and even the weather report is doable on the device itself, but if you're sending custom messages or just want a better user experience then pairing with a smartphone will be better.

They recently raised the annual fee on the Freedom plans, which kinda sucks, but nothing to do about that unless you switch to Zoleo or SPOT.


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2/01/2021 4:42 pm  #6


Re: Satellite communicator

MartinG wrote:

I have the inreach mini. No complaints at all. Big step up from my old Spot Gen 3. You do have to pair it with a cell phone to use the interactive features. But as an emergency beacon you don't need a phone. I have a friend who uses the Zoleo Messenger. Seems to do a lot of the same things and worked really well for us last September when we got extracted from the Noir.

Are you willing to share that story??? We did the Noir a few years ago and there were certainly some challenging aspects (many of which we skipped).
 

 

2/03/2021 8:50 pm  #7


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@john, I was asleep at the wheel and went over Mountain Chute. Lucky to be alive. We lost a boat and gear. Zolio was used to get us extracted by Michel Pouliot.

 

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