DeLorme inReach

3 reviews
5-star:   1
4-star:   1
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   1

Reviews

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The Delorme inReach is a versatile 2-way communicator…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $250

Summary

The Delorme inReach is a versatile 2-way communicator that allows you to stay in touch when you're off the grid. An essential piece of kit for the adventure traveller!

Pros

  • Long battery life
  • Waterproof
  • Easy to stash in your pocket

Cons

  • Unable to secure to protect from theft

Used the inReach on a 23,000 km motorbike ride through Europe. Tracking feature is flawless, creates a beautiful trail on the online map for others to view my progress in quasi real time. Texting feature works well through smartphone although email is a bit onerous for the person at the other end with the need to go to a specific website to reply.

Batteries ended up lasting 3-4 weeks (average use was 5 hrs/day with lithium batteries) while on 10 min interval track points. I found that text message responses were pretty quick although emails took a couple extra minutes.

I rode through some downpours and the unit maintained is water proof quality. No issues with ruggedness.

Great piece of motorcycle kit for the adventure traveller!

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A great piece of mind to have in the event of a real…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $125

Summary

A great piece of mind to have in the event of a real emergency. Helps keep you in contact with loved ones back home.

Pros

  • True International Coverage
  • Flexibilty (use with or without smartphone/tablet)

Cons

  • No roadside assistence option.
  • Service plans are a little pricey

I have used this device for over a year, all throughout North/South America, Europe and Africa. It has worked flawlessly every time. The texting and emailing is delayed has about 5 min delay, but I personally find that to be completely acceptable.

A rechargeable unit with a drop in cradle mount would be fantastic upgrade. Only disadvantage to other similar units on the market is no roadside assistance.

I mainly use this in conjunction with my tablet which is mounted in my truck, for navigation. Provides real time location services for mapping and navigation apps when there is no signal to your smartphone/tablet.

Unit is well made and is solid. Waterproof and as durable as a tank. The clip on the back is strong and makes for easy attachment to back packs. 

I have used this device along side the SPOT 2 messenger, and have never had any luck with the spot getting signal outside of the americas. The InReach has worked flawlessly, it literally only needs a clear view of the sky. I have noticed that it can track your location even while moving at highway speeds, it doesn't transmit messages too well while moving. Best bet is to keep the unit still and with a clear view of the sky when messaging.

Richard Proulx

How much does it cost monthly?


11 months ago
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InReach? or NOT! I invested in the theory that it…

Rating: rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: over $250 AND STILL PAYING SUBSCRIPTION!

Summary

InReach? or NOT! I invested in the theory that it should have been the answer to my quest. However major disappointment is the reality.
In all fairness if tech support had UNSUBSCRIBED ME, I would likely still be anticipating next generation device? Theory and execution are two worlds apart. Tech Support Corporate Zombies SUCK @SS! Am still getting billed after returning the unit to REI, and numerous phone calls to corp zombies!

Pros

  • Theoretically it should give support and comfort.
  • Canned messages are great when and IF they are recieved.

Cons

  • It gives false security and anguish when it DOES NOT WORK!
  • Service does not connect reliably even in the desert.
  • IT DOES NOT SHARE the GPS INFORMATION WITH YOU!
  • YEARLY CONTRACT for services not rendered billed monthly
  • Corp tech zombies are absolutely rude! and useless.

INREACH? or not even close.

The  theory is sound and exciting, I spent hours researching the web looking for this device.

finally found the"blue one" at my local R.E.I., excited I ran to get it in my grubby little hands.  got it home and ripped the package apart like a kid on Christmas morning! thoroughly read the instructions front to back and back to front...{no mention of  problems with specific phones!} .... {or the yearly subscription contract!}.

got online to subscribe {hidden link not found anywhere but in the owners setup manual!} and found out the possible problems that this device will have with my EVO4g?ROM UPDATES...no big deal...

ok im still excited {after paying a small fortune for this device}and on to subscribe i go ...

three separate plans are available...

basic has very limited texting {10 messages a month?} and no cookie crumbs? $15 month for a year?

sport had like 30 messages a month and cookie crumbs for $35 a month for a year....

well ok sign me up. {not so excited to sign a yearly contract... was really hoping for a monthly option.}

guide was so expensive that it was not even an option with unlimited texts?

only to be so disappointed. after setting up the subscription i was having problems connecting to my phone , the Bluetooth was synced but it would not connect. on to blogs and Tech support...ROM UPDATES..... no big deal....{but it still is not reliable at home little lone out in the wild where it MUST BE RELIABLE!} this is where excitement became disapointment turned really sour to ANGER...

{ i really got angry...AFTER ABOUT THE 4TH CALL TO TECH SUPPORT}

in truth i am angrier with the attitudes that i got from everyone @ delorme, more than the disappointment.

am still getting billed for services not rendered, 8 months later...AFTER RETURNING THE DEVICE!

I am still looking for a communication device along this design, sat phone is next?

mrgadget

a year later and still angry! I really wanted this to work! bought a sat phone... but don`t even turn it on...


2 years ago

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Manufacturer's Description

Visit DeLorme's inReach page.

Retailers' Descriptions

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The DeLorme inReach keeps you connected, sending and receiving vital information in all the places where cell phones and one-way satellite messengers can't.

- EMS

This first-in-the-industry satellite communicator lets you stay in touch with friends and family no matter where in the world your adventures take you. Waterproof and impact resistant, it is rugged enough for a wide variety of outdoor activities. It utilizes the Iridium satellite network that has pole-to-pole global coverage (subscription required). Used by itself, you can send preloaded text messages, enable remote tracking and send SOS alerts, all via easy-to-use push buttons. For enhanced capability, pair it wirelessly with an Apple iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or any Android smartphone to send and receive text messages, post messages to Facebook and Twitter, interact with other inReach users and enable remote tracking via detailed DeLorme Topo North America maps online. It's the ultimate way to keep loved ones informed of your progress when you're on expeditions in remote areas with no cell phone service. In case of emergency you can send and receive SOS messages in real time with responders to update them about your situation. SOS alerts can be easily cancelled if conditions warrant. You can also download the inReach Earthmate app for iOS and Android at no charge. This allows you to download Topo North America maps and NOAA nautical charts. And because the inReach uses the Iridium satellite network, you'll be able to download maps even when there is no cell service. A confirmation of delivery is received for all messages. Messages can be up to 160 characters in length and can be sent to email contacts, cell phones and emergency dispatchers. SOS locking mechanism prevents false alarms and allows one-handed gloved operation. Buoyant and impact resistant. Imported. Dimensions 5"H x 2.85"W x 1.75"D. Weight 7 oz., 8 oz. with two lithium AA batteries. Batteries Two AA lithium, included. Battery life Seven days sending one track point every 10 minutes. Your results may vary depending on how long the device is kept on and number of message sent and received. GPS chipset

- L.L.Bean

If your adventures begin where cell phone coverage ends, The DeLorme InReach 2-way Satellite Communicator with its 100% global coverage offers a backcountry communication solution. Used on its own, you can send push-button SOS and text messages with GPS coordinates and also broadcast track waypoints live online. Pair it with Android- or Apple-based devices to enable 2-way, 160 character custom SMS/emailing, and 2-way SOS alert. Remote pinging. Free topographical maps if you buy the app. Delivery confirmation on all messages sent for maximum reliability. Low cost monthly service plans.

- Mountain Gear

DeLorme inReach 2-Way Satellite Communicator for Apple iOS and Android Video The Delorme inReach for Smartphones helps fill the gap in places where there is no cell phone coverage. This device can be used alone as a personal locator beacon via a worldwide satellite network (subscription required) and allows you to send up to 3 preloaded messages. When paired with your smartphone you can compose standard text messages up to 160 characters, and receive responses from other cell phones, email address or additional inReach users. Pairing also dramatically improves GPS accuracy without draining the battery of the Android device.Connect wirelessly via Bluetooth: Pairs wirelessly to any smartphoneCompose email or SMS address on the fly, or select from your phone contactsCompose and send messages up to 150 character, View incoming messagesPost to Facebook, Twitter, or your own shared map An LED signals the successful delivery of a messageLocking mechanism prevents accidental SOS triggering and allows single-handed operationDescribe your situation in detail to improve emergency responseStay in touch for mutual status updates on your situationAutomatic location trackingUser-selected tracking interval (10 minutes to 4 hours)GPS position accuracy to within 5 metersView tracking breadcrumbs onlineNavigate with confidence using DeLorme Topo North America maps, DeLorme Digital Atlas of the Earth maps or NOAA ChartsUnlike streaming maps, your downloaded maps remain available even when outside of cellular coverageFree app for smartphone users at iTunes.com or Googleplay.com enables free map downloadsDimensions: 3.4" H (4.77" including antenna), 2.85" W, 1.73" D; 8.6 cm H (12.1 cm including antenna), 7.2 cm W, 4.4 cm DWeight: 7 oz (198 g) without batteries; 8 oz (227 g) with 2 lithium batteriesWaterproof and dustproof (IP68) and buoyant (it floats)Impact-resistant (Mil STD 810F)Operating temperature: -20 C to 70 C (-4 F to 158 F)Storage temperature: -45 C to 75 C (-49 F to 167 F)Device Compatibility - iPod touch (3rd and 4th generations), iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS , iPad (3rd generation), iPad 2, iPad, Android phone, Android tablet SOS locking mechanism complies with RTCM SC-128 for satellite emergency notification devices (SEND); prevents false alarms and supports one-handed gloved operationGPS chipset for remote tracking and embedding location coordinates in all sent messages. Accuracy +/- 5 metersGPS fix reports position, speed, course, and elevation with each track or message sentUses two AA lithium batteries (included), Lithium batteries provide the best performance and are strongly recommended. Alkaline and NiMH batteries also supportedBattery life: 125 hours (lithium) sending one-track point every 10 minutes; results will vary depending on usage conditionsIncluded in the box inReach 2-way communicator with GPS , USB to micro-USB cable for firmware updates, 2 AA lithium batteries, Lanyard, Quick Start Guide, Activation and SOS information card, GEOS search and rescue informationSatellite subscription rates start at $9.95 per month with a one-time $19.95 activation fee

- Campmor