Garmin inReach Mini 2 vs SPOT X

Watch this Field Test between the Garmin inReach Mini 2 vs SPOT X, and see if you think there is a clear winner.

First, Let’s Look at the Differences

  • The SPOT X is two or three times larger than the Mini 2
  • The SPOT X has a larger keyboard
  • The inReach Mini 2 can display maps on a synced smartphone
  • The Garmin inReach Mini 2 can get weather forecasts on a synced smartphone
  • The SPOT X has a built-in keyboard
  • The Mini 2 has Global, Pole-to-Pole satellite coverage

Now, What About the Similarities?

  • SOS Function
  • Two-way Messaging
  • Satellite Messenger
  • Navigation
  • Tracking
  • Waypoint Creation

Here’s a quick look at some of the specifications between both satellite messengers.

Specifications

The Navigation Field Test

I headed out to an open space trail near my home in Colorado to field test these two satellite messengers, primarily with respect to navigation, and here’s what I found out between the two.

First, make sure your device is ready to go before heading out. Make sure you have a subscription and that your satellite messenger is connected to your smartphone by Bluetooth.

Next, set your waypoint in the SPOT X and/or the Garmin inReach Mini 2. In this test, I created a route in the Explore App and was able to find my way through the scrub oak because I could see a gap in the trees from the aerial I was using in the App. I could not see this on the SPOT X and would have struggled more with finding a way through the trees.

SPOT X vs Garmin inReach Mini 2

Now, start navigating to your waypoint. You can see in the following photo that the SPOT X only gives me a direction and distance, while the Mini 2 and the Explore App gives me that information, plus the aerial and waypoints to find my way through the trees more easily.

SPOT X vs Garmin inReach Mini 2

I am half-way through my test and can see the gap in the trees now to where I believe I will be able to find my way through the brush.

SPOT X vs Garmin inReach Mini 2

I’m finally almost on top of my waypoint and you can see how much easier it is to navigate with the Mini 2.

SPOT X vs Garmin inReach Mini 2

Final Thoughts

You tell me. What satellite messenger do you prefer for navigation?

SPOT X vs Garmin inReach Mini 2

Check out the Navigation Field Test in this YouTube video below.

Garmin inReach Mini 2, Lightweight and Compact Satellite Communicator, Hiking Handheld, Orange
  • Compact, lightweight satellite communicator enables two-way messaging and interactive SOS globally (Active satellite subscription required. Some jurisdictions regulate or prohibit the use of satellite communication devices.)
  • Navigate back to where you started by using TracBack routing
  • Share your location with loved ones back home at any time (active satellite subscription required) by using your MapShare page or with your coordinates embedded in your messages
  • Get accurate heading information using the digital compass — even when you’re not moving
  • Sync with the Garmin Explore app and website on your compatible smartphone for trip planning and topographical mapping, and create waypoints, courses, activities and collections you can sync to your device
  • Pair with Garmin devices, such as wearables and handhelds, and use them to send and receive messages and trigger an SOS (active satellite subscription required)

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