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Gear Guide: Satellite Messaging Devices (“Messengers”)
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This gear guide summarizes the category of satellite messaging-centric devices, i.e., devices that focus on satellite messaging as its primary, rather than secondary, function. This is in contrast to navigation-centric devices (which usually offer integrated mapping on the device), such as the Garmin inReach Explorer or Garmin GPSMap.

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Navigation and Communication Devices: Strengths, Limitations, and Use Cases
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In this video, I will cover various types of navigation and communications devices, their benefits and limitations, and use case scenarios where you might use one or a combination of multiple devices.

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Backpacking Light Staff Picks: Our Favorite Gear
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Our staff selects their favorite hiking, backpacking, and other backcountry gear that they’ve used over the past year – the next edition of our infamous Staff Picks!

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Episode 90 | Alpaca Wool Baselayers
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In today’s episode of the Backpacking Light podcast we’re going to talk about four season tents, a new ABC watch that could dethrone the Garmin Fenix, and alpaca wool fabrics used for next-to-skin base layer apparel.

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Garmin Epix Watch
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Gear reviews from our staff and members, buy/sell used, shopping tools, and more about the Garmin epix Pro (Gen 2) Sapphire Edition.

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Staff Picks 2022
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Updated: Click here for 2023 Staff Picks. Each year, our staff selects their favorite backcountry gear from the past year, and we look forward to you sharing your favorite gear of the year as well in the forum comments below!

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2022 Backpacking Light Members Choice Awards
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First annual Members Choice Awards – what gear do our members use and love as we near the end of 2022?

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Hiking and Backpacking Injuries and Other Medical Issues Dominant inReach SOS Incidents
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Data from 10,000 inReach SOS incidents show that hikers and backpackers needing emergency assistance for injuries and other medical issues is the predominant inReach use case.

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Episode 68 | Unpacking the New Garmin inReach Messenger
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In today’s gear short episode of the Backpacking Light podcast, we’re going to talk about the brand new Garmin inReach Messenger and how it fits into the broader market of satellite communications devices for backcountry users.

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Garmin inReach Messenger
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Gear reviews from our staff and members, buy/sell used, shopping tools, and more about the Garmin inReach Messenger.

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Garmin inReach Messenger (Preview/Updated)
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The Garmin inReach Messenger provides seamless messaging across cellular, WiFi, and satellite networks for only 4.0 ounces. It offers some compelling features over its closest competitor, the Zoleo Satellite Communicator, including an on-device display that makes it a viable standalone device when used without a smartphone.

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Can Apple’s New iPhone 14 Replace Your Garmin inReach?
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Should/will the iPhone 14 replace my Garmin inReach (or similar satellite messaging devices)?

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Pushing the SOS button on the Garmin inReach Mini in Jasper National Park
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“I was suddenly seized by an inability to breathe: the world went black and I was bent over gasping for air, then passed out and collapsed, falling into the marsh.”

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Discussing the Garmin inReach Mini 2 with Garmin Senior Product Manager Chip Noble
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In this video interview, Ryan Jordan and Chip Noble (Senior Product Manager at Garmin) discuss the new features of the Garmin inReach Mini 2, including its improved battery life.

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Garmin inReach Mini 2
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Gear reviews from our staff and members, buy/sell used, shopping tools, and more about the Garmin inReach Mini 2.

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Garmin Fenix Series Watches
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The Garmin Fenix Series is our pick for full-featured outdoor watches with reliable fitness tracking. Most models include GPS navigation and tracking of mileage and elevation, combined with heart rate…

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Garmin HRM-Pro Heart Rate Monitor
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For more accurate tracking of heart rate and motion while training, we recommend the Garmin HRM-Pro Heart Rate Monitor combined with a Garmin Fenix Series watch. This is an essential…

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Garmin inReach Mini Review
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The Garmin inReach Mini is the smallest, lightest, and most powerful satellite messaging device on the market.

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