New Garmin inReach 2017.

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by gjn201, Jan 4, 2017.

  1. Ed@Ford

    Ed@Ford Long timer

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    JoJo...if you got that deal it's a GREAT one...my junk mail from REI says good to Apr 10
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  2. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    Mine should be here Thurdsday, I'll jump for joy on Friday.
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  3. Nubetoob87

    Nubetoob87 Adventurer

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    I just bought the inreach se+. Trying to figure out which map to get for it.
    What maps do you guys use? I'm in Oregon and want this for off-roading. So should I get the topo us 24k west coast or should I get the topo us 100k west coast?
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  4. jojojones

    jojojones Been here awhile

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    the mail is good to april 10th but if you read the terms and conditions they note "no gps tech at all"...this was probably set in to the system as a communications device then someone realiz
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  5. jojojones

    jojojones Been here awhile

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    If you want a map on the actual device then you need the Explorer model. I got the Explorer + and have done some initial testing and imho the gps on it is only for plan B if android running Back Country Explorer (deep offroad) and Osmand (offroad/onroad and routing were to fail. The Garmin Earthmate app is very weak compared to those and really only good for faster custom text entry for sat comms through inreach.
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  6. Nubetoob87

    Nubetoob87 Adventurer

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    Does anyone know if you're able to add additional points to a route that has already been created?
    To clarify: I have the Explorer+ and I'm creating routes on Garmin.inreach.com.
    *You cannot use basecamp for this device.
    Sometimes when I'm clicking away, drawing my route I'll accidentally click on the last point along my route which immediatly ends the 'route creation' process. Once at this stage, you're able to edit your route but it will only let you delete points, or drag them to make adjustments... but i haven't been able to figure out how to put new points into an existing route that I accidentally finished, or one that I want to go back to and make it longer.
    *Update* Apparently when you go back and drag your points to fine tune your route, it adds two new points automtically. This makes drawing my route way faster... now I'm just starting with like 5 points, an almost straight line between my start and my destination... then I click the last point to end my draw session. From there you just go into 'edit' and start dragging away.
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  7. RTODAHL01

    RTODAHL01 Been here awhile

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    Looking at getting the explorer + in a couple weeks interested in all your input.
    How about the recovery insurance?
    $$ wondering for my wife and myself.
    Had a SPOT but it was exactly that. Spotty at best
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  8. jojojones

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    I suggest you do your editing in basecamp as it's much more powerful then export a .gpx in to inreach then sync. fwiw...the nav on this unit is much weaker than even a $70 android running a plethora of well designed nav programs...so for me this unit is only a backup if the phone fails. You load the same .gpx files on both units before you leave. Communications is excellent on the explorer+ but nav not.
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  9. tkach

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    Hi everyone!
    Was hoping for some input/advice...
    I'm planning a big trip through the stans into mongolia in a few months and need to finally decide something about the gps stuff. Typically when i ride i have an ancient oregon as back up with a load route created on google maps (https://www.google.com/maps) as my main device i use an iphone with a broken compass + paper maps, had a few problems a few times but hey, that's all part of the adventure)) On the i phone i used maps.me with saved maps and also my planned route was there.
    This time the route is pretty much offroad, so i'm at a loss, seeing as i'm on a budget and want an all in one solution... As I see it my options are
    1. iphone with maps.me or other (better map app) with loaded route and not working compass (means that with the turned on wifi and no cell service it sort of knows where i am within 5km)
    2. iphone with maps.me or other app + inreach se/explorer for gps via bluetooth and comms with family and friends.
    3. paper maps all the way

    Previously i had the spot gen 3, but sold it because of the annual charges when i actually need it for a few months at a time. 95% that i'm going solo, so maybe 2-way sms is a good idea, but the price for the whole package is crazy, like i said i'm on budget.

    All input would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks
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  10. jojojones

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    having recently gotten an explorer + I would NOT recommend it as an all in one solution...the nav is weak on the small screen and imho only for backup. Get your phone sorted with an offline mapping product and put it in airplane mode and fully test it. For comms the explorer + is excellent and way better than spot for 2 way...probably the best would be just get the previous model from ebay.

    ...or you could upset the apple mothership and just get a motog 3rd gen phone on ebay for @$75 and load "back country navigsator"...probably the best there is for deep offroad.
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  11. tkach

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    Well there's nothing to sort out really, the phone turned out to be a refurbished one and the compass chip doesn't work, tried a few shops and no one could fix it, other then the gps everything works fine.) So maybe an android is the way to go, haven't thought of that one)
    Regarding my needs is there really a point in getting the explorer against the se?
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  12. jojojones

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    no but if your phone iphone or android craps out and you are deep out there than you would benefit the 2nd gps capability of an explorer. This is the phone I might try as a dedicated unit because it is waterproof and right now I need to put my motog in a pouch that works but is more of a pain if I need to press a side button.
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  13. bhb

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    I have a previous gen Delorme SE (no maps) and would recommend spending the extra to get mapping capability. Two is one and one is none, as they say.
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  14. tkach

    tkach Been here awhile

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    So basically the best path would be an old ipx7 phone for maps and as a emergency/back up an inreach?
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  15. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    tons of others, even the new iPhone line is waterproof now

    you can even Google "best waterproof smartphone 201x" to find the most current or a few years old for cheaper
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  16. JMartin

    JMartin Tres Libras

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    I carry the inReach for its reliable messaging and tracking that enables others to see where I am. It's use as even a backup GPS by which to navigate is minimal to non-existent. Jay
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  17. tkach

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    Thanks guys, i now got some sense of direction to go. Much appreciated!

    Mike
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  18. RTODAHL01

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  19. RTODAHL01

    RTODAHL01 Been here awhile

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    Yep, it is expensive.
    Saved and got one.
    It meets my expectations.
    Still getting to know it.
    It does send and receive well
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  20. tkach

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    btw, does the previous model still work, i mean if i get the delorme version, service wise there shouldn't be any issues, right? Maybe on ebay, something used...