Here’s our latest Garmin inReach Explorer Field Test.
This will be the first of many field tests as we discovered we still had some research to do and functions to test more thoroughly.
Garmin inReach Explorer Field Test 1
We tested the Garmin Explorer on the San Carlos Trail southwest of Pueble, Colorado this weekend. Let me give you a quick run down on how the field test went.
Honestly, I felt a little unprepared when we took the inReach Explorer into the field as my daughter was home from college and we didn’t have as much time to prepare as I would have liked.
The first test was to check and ensure our phones were synced up with are Garmin inReach devices. SUCCESS!
We sent a Pre-Defined Message telling everyone that we had started on our hike. SUCCESS!
Waypoint sent from my Garmin inReach Mini to Caleb’s Garmin inReach Explorer+ for a location we could meet up.
This was a partial success. I was able to see the waypoint on my Garmin Mini and navigate to it but Caleb was not able to do it on his Garmin Explorer+. I’m sure this is operator error, as in a setting needs to be changed, and we will be working out this issue on the next hike and field test.
This test was sending messages between Garmin inReach devices. Garmin gives each person with a inReach subscription, an inreach email. You need to enter this email into your contacts so you will be able to select it when sending messages between inReach devices.
The first image on the left shows where the message was sent from on the trail and the image on the right shows the sent message from Rick’s inReach Mini and the reply from Caleb’s inReach Explorer+.
This last test was to check and see what the elevation was on the trail where we were at. You can see from both my Garmin Mini and Caleb’s Garmin Explorer+ that it does show the elevation on each device.
The elevation shown was 8104 feet and 8122 feet but that is close enough for me. It’s possible that the Garmin Explorer+ is more accurate on the speed of movement and altitude as it has the built in altimeter, barometer and accelerometer.
We could have been more prepared for this field test but of course we learned some things we need to improve on next time.
I will be researching more on the Garmin inReach Explorer+ and it’s functions this week and we will be conducting a 2nd field test this coming weekend.
You can see a short YouTube video of this field test below.
- 100 percent global Iridium satellite coverage enables two way text messaging from anywhere (satellite subscription required)
- Trigger an interactive SOS to the 24/7 search and rescue monitoring center
- Track and share your location with family and friends. Water rating : IPX7. Battery : Rechargeable internal lithium ion
- Pair with mobile devices using the free Earthmate app for access to downloadable maps, U.S. NOAA charts, color aerial imagery and more
- inReach Explorer+ device adds preloaded DeLorme TOPO maps with onscreen GPS routing plus built in digital compass, barometric altimeter and accelerometer
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