Delorme Inreach feedback?

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by tremmy, Jan 30, 2012.

  1. Fauster

    Fauster BACON AKBAR!

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    I used my inReach Blue (paired to smartphone) a few weeks ago on a 800+ mile trip to West Virginia. I was staying within the quiet zone of the National Radio Telescope Observatory so there is no cell service - a perfect opportunity to use satellite communication technology.

    Bottom line - the unit performed flawlessly. I sent one of my pre-written messages directly from the unit and several texts through my phone. All were received promptly. Tracking also worked perfectly - my wife watched me getting closer to home and had dinner ready for me as I pulled in the driveway. :dg The RAM mount held it securely on my handlebars but there was quite a bit of buzzy vibration - I need to add some padding between the unit and the mount.

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    As for the new inReach SE, my only concern is that it uses an internal battery vs. AA batteries. Not a deal breaker for motorcycle use but certainly an issue for extended backcountry hiking trips.
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  2. Lurch II

    Lurch II Been here awhile

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    My experience exactly. My InReach has worked perfectly in the many many places I go where there is no cell service - whether with the kayaks, the motorcycle or the truck. Also in Canada, where my phone might work but where I would incur fairly steep roaming charges if I used the data option on the cell. I've been very pleased with battery life and with the overall ruggedness of the design - my InReach has been wet more than once while in the kayak - no issues.
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  3. Parkcomm

    Parkcomm Adventurer

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    Mine works great - plans are a bit pricy in oz.

    I clip mine on my jacket - in case an accident separates me from the bike. No probs with connectivity.
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  4. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    This thing gets great battery performance. Been on the road about three weeks with my SE and I can attest to the 100hr. battery life with 10min Tracking on. GPS lock has never been a problem and messages go and come easily.
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  5. Parkcomm

    Parkcomm Adventurer

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    Correction on my previous note - I've noticed recently what looked like it might be a problem - so I tried to track it down on the weekend.


    What I've noticed is that tracking drops out when in the forest (you need to be able to see the sky fir sat comms). Which is expected.

    The problem is that tracking does not automatically pick up again. I turned the unit on and off and the tracking does picks up again.


    Then I noticed one of the tracking points was dated NEXT week.

    The unit is less than a year old and has been treated very well. To me this is a serious problem. Whilst the main reason I got the unit was for 2 way Comms - if you have a serious problem, you need the confidence that people know roughly where you are.


    Sent from my foam - stupid auto correct.
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  6. thecivvie

    thecivvie Adventurer

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    I have had dropouts due to forests and gas station roofs and it has picked up for me ok. Sometimes takes a minute or two. Hopeful this is not a serious problem that you have uncovered
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  7. Lurch II

    Lurch II Been here awhile

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    Likewise, I have had occasions where I lost satellite lock under very heavy cover and it restarted when I moved into more open terrain. I can actually see the break in my track on the online map if I was under cover for more than 10 minutes, my refresh rate.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using Tapatalk
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  8. GearHd6

    GearHd6 Been here awhile

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    I'm really interested in one of these because of the ability to use my (Android) smartphone for texts. It seems like some of the more current posts have been fairly good over the older posts. Would you guys/gals purchase this again or would you do something different like the inReach SE or a SPOT?
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  9. thecivvie

    thecivvie Adventurer

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    I have had mine for almost a year now and even just for my journey to work would not leave without it, lots of no cellphone coverage

    I would happily buy another one tomorrow if I needed one. I constantly recommend them to local fishermen and Trekkers

    I have mine linked to my iPhone but did test with an android phone and found it excellent
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  10. GearHd6

    GearHd6 Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the feedback! I happened to see one of the inReach units (non SE) at REI yesterday and the price seemed too good to be true. Upon further investigation the price was correct so I went back today and bought one.

    Regular price of $250, REI had it on clearance for $135. Brand new in the box. It looked like they had a few others in the case.
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  11. milzispete

    milzispete Oman fan boy

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    I maybe just being dumb but I cannot work out how to plan out routes and tracks using earthmate. Can it be done or can you only use it for tracking where you have been or viewing maps?
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  12. BitesTheDust

    BitesTheDust Been here awhile

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    Can anyone share - on average - how many 'tracking' messages are used on your typical road trip? Also what interval do you normally select - 10min or greater than that interval? Looking at the Canadian plan and crunching numbers in my head. I'm not really concerned about overage on text messages as that is controllable, but I would hazard a guess that it would be easy to be hit with overage cost for tracking messages.
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  13. Lurch II

    Lurch II Been here awhile

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    As I recall, Earthmate is used for tracking only, not for plotting out routes. I have it on my Android and it seems pretty clear it is designed only for tracking with my InReach communicator. I have no information on what it does on an iPhone but I expect it is the same.
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  14. TrueGritGS

    TrueGritGS Ride, hike or die.

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    I want to thank everyone for posting their experiences here--super helpful as I am about to buy either the Spot or InReach within the next few days. I ride alone and need to get a Spot3 or InReach right away to put my family's mind at ease. A few years ago, my husband's SPOT 2 fell out of its secure perch on his bike, along the ET highway, when we were returning from a 5000 mile trip. We didn't even note it being gone until three days later when he turned on his computer and saw the signals it was sending out from east of Rachel, Nevada. We jumped in the car, and using a Garmin Zumo 550 GPS, we found it alongside the highway in some sagebrush, still sending signals.

    One assumes if family checks the website and sees signals emanating from one place for several days, they might think something was wrong and call, but if there's no cell signal, there's no communication.

    Will check to see if the InReach SE is out now as it would be nice to have a standalone from the iPhone and the Garmin. I think when riding alone, securing both phone and satellite unit to one's person is the best way to go. I am familiar with SPOT and have been happy knowing that the family can watch the route, but to be able to communicate, if needed, before reaching a WiFi access point, usually at the campsite that night, that's huge.

    Thanks again for posting your experiences.
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  15. milzispete

    milzispete Oman fan boy

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    I haven't used SPOT but the reason I went with the InReach was the ability to send actual texts or email just as you would with a normal phone with cell phone service. Your messages DO NOT need to be pre programmed prior to heading out on the trail. All the other specs and perks are pretty much identical. The exception to this would be the subscription charge for the InReach.
    I just use the basic subscription and do the following

    Send text via InReach to wife when leaving saying where I am going (that way we both know it's working)
    I leave the tracking off and my wife 'pings' me via the website if she wants to know where I am.
    I text her via InReach if I'm going to be late or change my plans.
    I call her via my cell phone when I get home

    By doing the above I rarely exceed my subscription charge and my wife is happy she can find me and doesn't worry when I'm a little late. The ability to send any message and not just pre-programmed ones is a huge comfort to her as I can describe where I am, what I'm doing, and if I'm more than two hours late I can answer the usual questions like is she pretty and do you love her more than me. :1drink
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  16. pilotbum

    pilotbum n00b

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    What do you get by pairing the InReach with the PN60w? I didn't even know they could be connected.
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  17. mroddis

    mroddis Been here awhile

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    I've had mine since Father's Day (thanks family!!) and I really like it.

    Things I like:
    - Paired effortlessly to my iPhone (and I'm not that savvy)
    - Messaging through my iPhone is really quick and easy - just like normal texting
    - Keep it in a chest pocket in my jacket and no problems communicating
    - I get messages back from my wife confirming she knows where I am - good.
    - Earthmate app seems to work well - I don't have a GPS yet (60CSX anyone?) and so I refer to the map from time to time. It's always been accurate and very helpful. Love that it shows terrain.
    - I don't feel the Canadian plans are too much, especially as you can change from plan to plan with no costs. I had the basic plan (emergency only) until I knew I was going on a multi-day ride when I switched to a plan that allowed tracking (100 points) and 200 texts. When the riding season is done, I can go to a $5/month holding plan. Couldn't be happier.
    - I like using the MapShare tracking function - I sent the link to a few friends and family and they thought it was cool they could follow me. At least that's what they told me.


    Things I don't like:
    - Heavy forest cover is spotty, but I know that. It didn't take much to find a clearing for connection. I'm OK with that.
    - I don't like carrying it in my chest - I don't want to attach it to my handlebars even though I'd prefer it, as to me the whole point is the SOS button that if I really need it, I likely won't be close to my bike...:eek1 As such I'm currently designing/piecing together an armband that will securely hold it on my arm and hopefully not bother me riding. Stay tuned.
    - I didn't know about the MapShare showing all your previous tracks too - it would be nice to group them into particular rides, etc and manage through your control panel.

    Would I buy one again? (or be happy getting it as a gift again?) Absolutely yes.

    Matthew.
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  18. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    You might try using the MAP FILTERS on your Map page to set the DATE and TIME RANGE that data is presented on the map.
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  19. psmcd

    psmcd Long timer

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    I bought an InReachSE in March and have used it with no problem, only testing the text function a couple times. Maybe dropped it once and never got wet. Last week it shut down within 15 minutes and when I finally noticed it wouldn't power on. It wouldn't reboot with the 60 sec two button approach and REI person had no ideas. It was Friday night and no phone tech available till Monday. Attempts to charge unit didn't help power on. Still haven't received response to my web request for help but that may be because I returned the unit and cancelled my subscription. Lack of weekend support and the fact that the unit failed in less than a year blew my confidence. Don't know that any of the personal locators have better support and haven't decided what I'll replace it with.

    Two positives are I received 100% refund from REI for the device and with persuasion DeLorme cancelled my subscription without the $96 fee. Had DeLorme repaired or replaced the unit (with whatever time loss that involved) the warranty remaining would have been 90 days even on a new replacement.
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  20. Dakar Dan

    Dakar Dan Long timer

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    A big thumbs up from me. I was stuck for choice between a sat phone and a Spot or PLB. The InReach SE proved to be exactly what I needed for a family vacation through Central Aus recently and now lives in my bike backpack. As everyone else says, easy to set up & use, with a near-flawless send & receive function and low battery useage.
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