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  • #3794720
    AK Granola
    BPL Member

    @granolagirlak

    I haven’t used a Spot so hopefully someone will give a real life example. I recently had occasion to use my Garmin inReach Mini SOS function, and I was amazed and reassured by how incredibly easy and quick it was. Since I am frequently out of cell service when I hike and camp or even drive, knowing that I can summon assistance quickly (not that it will arrive quickly though) is wonderful and possibly life-saving.

    #3794722
    Jerry Adams
    BPL Member

    @retiredjerry

    Locale: Oregon and Washington

    after you push the SOS button do they send you back a text?

    Did you pair it with your phone because it has a “keyboard” which is easier to compose messages on than the inreach by itself?

    #3794723
    AK Granola
    BPL Member

    @granolagirlak

    I outlined what I did in this thread.

    #3794724
    Albert H
    BPL Member

    @maybeernie

    Chris, wouldn’t an InReach Mini2 fulfill all of those needs?  It has emergency SOS, pre-defined simple check-in messages (or options for custom messages), and it reports coordinates in multiple formats.  This support page lists the available formats:

    https://support.garmin.com/en-US/?faq=edReYf2BB69xaVeBrxp3D9

    #3794725
    Luke Schmidt
    BPL Member

    @cameron

    Locale: Alaska

    Ben and I used Garmin on our packraft trips. We wanted a waterproof device in case we went swimming not a phone. As it turned out the toggle worked a lot better than a touch screen with wet fingers. Another advantage was the AAA batteries. I could steal from my headlamp if I needed to. On a river with waterfalls or rapids we wanted to avoid we wanted a good system. We had satellite maps downloaded on our phones for backup and because our GPS units didn’t do those (or did them poorly I don’t remember).

    Lately I have not needed the GPS. For normal hiking a phone works fine.

    #3794730
    Robert M
    BPL Member

    @murphy1962

    I use a Garmin 67i that combines inreach and gps. The combo saves some weight and it can be charged with a small solar panel to avoid battery carries. Most importantly is it adds a safety factor if the phone breaks. In my last trip I got locked out of my phone by Apple since I typed the password incorrectly and couldn’t unlock it until I got signal 3 days later. On another trip I fell into a stream and my gps went into the stream / lost. So I had the phone to navigate, redundacies cost weight but offer safety, many topics here are about risk analysis and this is a good example of that.

    Robert

    #3800717
    John S.
    BPL Member

    @jshann

    I would use a garmin gps for bikepacking or paddling trips.

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