The Garmin inReach Explorer Plus arrived this week so let’s look at this together as I unbox possibly the number one satellite messenger in the world.
Out of the Box Review
The Garmin inReach Explorer Plus came well protected and was in a professional looking package as expected.
There wasn’t a lot included with the Explorer Plus and even the instructions are mostly online with very little with the package.
The contents included the Garmin inReach Explorer+, a charging cable and the carabiner that you can use to attach to your backpack.
I’m glad they include the carabiner, however, there is a better way to attach the inReach Explorer to your pack, which I will show you shortly.
The Garmin inReach Explorer is a great looking device and seems to be made out of rugged material. It did come with a screen protector on it.
The best way that I have found to carry the Garmin Explorer on your pack is to use a backpack tether.
It attaches securely to your pack with two Velcro straps. I slide one of the straps through a loop on my shoulder strap that keeps it from sliding up or down while I am hiking. The backpack tether is sold separately but is pretty inexpensive, especially compared to the price of the Garmin inReach Explorer+.
You can find the backpack tether below on Amazon.
- Backpack Tether
- Durable nylon harness wrap
- 2-Inch - 14-Inch adjustable strap
- Compatible with the following Garmin Series: eTrex 10,20,30-Oregon-Dakota-GPSMAP 62
You can see the backpack tether from the back of the Garmin Explorer+ here with the two Velcro straps. I have been using the same backpack tether with my Garmin inReach Mini and it’s nice as you can remove it from your pack to check things out on the trail but you have the confidence you’re not going to lose your expensive satellite messenger over a steep cliff.
Most of the time I never even remove the Garmin from the tether as I have my iPhone synced and use it to check my topo map and send messages.
You can see the SOS cover in the image above. You cannot accidentally activate the SOS function. You have to pull the cover back and then depress the SOS button for 3 seconds.
This last image shows the left side of the Explorer+ but there are not buttons on this side.
Check out this short YouTube video of the actual unpacking.
The online process to set up the Garmin inReach Explorer Plus is extremely easy to follow. Once you turn on the Garmin, you will see on-screen instructions, that will eventually direct you to the Garmin website where you will finish the setup process.
I will follow up on this article with the Garmin setup process to show you how simple this next step is.
I would love to hear from you if you own the Garmin inReach Explorer+ or any other satellite messenger or personal locator beacon. Leave a Comment Below or send me an Email.
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