DeLorme InReach or Garmin

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by Aztecking, Aug 19, 2017.

  1. Aztecking

    Aztecking Adventurer

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    I'm wondering why would I spend the extra money to buy the Garmin model when it looks to me like the DeLorme Explorer is just like the InReach Explorer+. Am I missing something here?

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  2. Zeusbb

    Zeusbb Lurker

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    I haven't had much luck finding a good powered mount for my explorer. Perhaps the new one is better in that regard.

    But I'm in no rush to get the new one.
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  3. Motopsychoman

    Motopsychoman Not a total poseur

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    The Explorer+ does have an actual map. The Explorer just gives you a track with no background. But it works fine.
    And since it is pretty useless as a GPS, the Explorer doesn't benefit too much from a powered mount. I want the distress button attached to my body in case I get pitched off so I keep it in a pocket. I keep my eTrex mounted to the handlebars for following my route.

    The map would be nice, but I'd probably would keep my eTrex anyway. I'd probably buy an InReach SE if I did it again.
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  4. Aztecking

    Aztecking Adventurer

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    I'd probably buy an InReach SE if I did it again.

    Garmin or DeLorme?
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  5. Motopsychoman

    Motopsychoman Not a total poseur

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    DeLorme would be cheaper if you can find one. Although some say the buttons on the Garmins are easier to use. I haven't tried one so I'm no judge on the matter.

    The wife does really like to be able to get communicate with me and know where I am. I like having the SOS feature which I hope to never use.
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  6. Aztecking

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    The DeLorme's can still be found. I can't believe the Garmin is worth an extra $100+
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  7. Daboo

    Daboo Been here awhile

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    Go with a Delorme inReach SE. Registering it, gets you an app you can use to see topographical maps and your track on your cell phone. That's a whole lot better than anything you can see on the device's tiny screen itself.

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  8. Okie Preacher

    Okie Preacher Long timer

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    I ditched the SPOT...crappiest customer service imaginable, and bought the InReach SE. Using the Gaia App on my IPhone for navigation when both hiking and on the road. I am finding it to be a powerful tool.

    All I want out of the InReach is a reliable "Get me the hell out of here!" button if necessary. There are better dedicated navigation tools available.
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  9. rebekahlynn

    rebekahlynn cbr1000rr commuter

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    So you think an etrex + delorme inreach SE is more effective than the Garmin explorer + (the newest one)?
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  10. Motopsychoman

    Motopsychoman Not a total poseur

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    In my 20-20 hindsight. If I was to use it for backpacking: then the Garmin InReach Explorer+ would probably be my choice. For adventure motorcycling, I don't use the mapping on the InReach at all. The InReach should stay attached to me, not the bike in case we get "separated". If you want to check out the Explorer, I'm just nextdoor in Oakland.

    Also, you should check out the oFFicial EastBay Meet and Eat thread. We get together monthly for beer and food.
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  11. rebekahlynn

    rebekahlynn cbr1000rr commuter

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    Cool I'll shoot you a pm. And I'll subscribe to the Meet n Eat thread :)
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  12. Daboo

    Daboo Been here awhile

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    I guess it depends on your needs. I went with a Garmin 590LM GPS (refurbished and much much cheaper). I simply use the inReach SE for tracking and for a distress call if needed.

    I have nothing against those who want to carry their inReach on their bodies. The argument is quite good. On the other hand, if the bike and I are separated, the inReach is still tracking me...in one location. I may not be able to call for help...but help will find me just fine.

    Chris
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