The Top 5 Satellite Communicators

What Are the Top 5 Satellite Communicators categorized by outdoor activity?

Let’s rank what I believe to be the top 5 satellite communicators on the market by the outdoor activity they are best suited for.

Sporting Dogs

If you have dogs you want to track in the outdoors then the Garmin Alpha 300i may be the best satellite communicator for you.

Hunting dogsThis Alpha 300i can track up to 20 dogs, with each dog having it’s own name and color. You will be able to see all of them on a top map on the device, up to 20 miles away.

Garmin Alpha 300i

But remember, you will need a collar for each dog and you can choose from a tracking collar or a tracking/training collar.

Garmin Tracking Dog Collars

Off-roading & ATV’s

If you’re a serious off-roader or you like riding ATV’s then the Garmin Montana 700i / 750i may be the best satellite communicator for you.

Garmin Montana 700iThis is one of the largest satellite communicators with a touch screen and turn-by-turn instructions, whether you’re in the mountains or driving in the city.

Is Communication Your Priority?

If communication is your priority, then the Garmin inReach Messenger may be the best pure communicator on the market.

Garmin inReach MessengerThe Messenger will automatically switch between WIFI, Cell Service and Satellite Service without you having to do anything. Plus, you can TracBack, get weather, and 2-way message from the device, without being synced to your smartphone.

Day Hikers

The Garmin inReach Mini 2 may be the best satellite communicator for day hikers in my opinion.

Garmin inReach Mini 2This little device is power packed with features, especially when you sync it with your smartphone.

It has great TracBack features built-in to the device, plus you can navigate, get weather forecasts and message easily on the device and on the Messenger App.

A lot of people like this for multi-day hikes, but I prefer it for my shorter outdoor adventures.

Multi-day Backpackers

If you want an all-in-one device that has topo maps on it, a great battery life, and doesn’t have to be synced to your smartphone, then I would like to introduce you to the Garmin GPSMAP 67i.

Garmin GPSMAP 67iI initially didn’t think I would want these many features on a device, but after using it over the last few years, it has become my favorite satellite communicator.

It’s easy for me to create courses on the device or in the Explore App, plus the worldwide maps are incredible and I love having the additional detail when using Outdoor Maps+.

Outdoor Maps+I especially like to see the Public Land Boundaries and the Hunting Units.

Final Thoughts

These satellite communicators are some of the best on the market, and it’s hard to rank them from best to worst, because the top of the line is dependent on what your outdoor activities are.

You can learn more about these top 5 satellite communicators in the YouTube video below.

Leave a comment below if you have any questions or would like to learn more about these satellite communicators.

Garmin Alpha 300i Handheld, Advanced Tracking and Training Handheld with inReach® Technology
  • Features a vivid sunlight-readable 3.5” capacitive touchscreen display and a button-operated, dog-focused design for quick, minor adjustments
  • Easily set up and monitor up to 20 dogs with your compatible dog collars from up to 9 miles away (depending on your dog collar) with up to a 2.5-second update rate
  • With an Outdoor Maps+ subscription, you have access to a wide variety of premium mapping content that is regularly updated and wirelessly delivered directly to your Alpha 300i handheld when connected to a wireless network
  • Dog list and group management let you keep non-paired dog information in the handheld for easier setup
  • Send interactive SOS alerts and two-way messaging via the 100% global Iridium satellite network with inReach satellite technology (active subscription required; some jurisdictions regulate or prohibit the use of satellite communication devices; it is the responsibility of the user to know and follow all applicable laws in the jurisdictions where the device is intended to be used)
  • Communicate directly with Garmin ResponseSM [global search and rescue coordination center] when there’s an emergency

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Garmin Alpha TT 25 GPS Dog Tracking and Training Collar
  • Track and send training commands up to 9 miles with updates as frequent as 2.5 seconds when used with a compatible handheld (sold separately)
  • Use the collar to train your dog with 18 levels of continuous or momentary stimulation plus audible tone and vibration when used with a compatible handheld (sold separately)
  • Rugged yet slim design is universally sized to fit large and small breeds
  • User-replaceable flex band
  • Get extended battery life with dynamic tracking based on your dog’s movement
  • Identify your dog, even in the dark, with a large, easy-to-see multicolor LED; colors include yellow, magenta, cyan, white, green, red or blue

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Garmin Montana 750i, Rugged GPS Handheld with Built-in inReach Satellite Technology and 8-megapixel Camera,Glove-Friendly 5'' Color Touchsreen' (010-02347-00)
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Garmin Montana 750i, Rugged GPS Handheld with Built-in inReach Satellite Technology and 8-megapixel Camera,Glove-Friendly 5"" Color Touchsreen" (010-02347-00)
  • Features rugged military-grade construction and a 5” touchscreen display that’s 50% larger than the previous model; 8-megapixel camera lets you capture images anywhere you go
  • Trigger an interactive SOS to the GEOS 24/7 monitoring center — two-way messaging via the 100% global Iridium satellite network (active satellite subscription required; some jurisdictions regulate or prohibit the use of satellite communications devices).
  • Multi-GNSS (GPS and Galileo) support — plus preloaded TopoActive and City Navigator maps; navigation sensors include 3-axis compass and barometric altimeter
  • Pro-connected with ANT+ technology, Wi-Fi connectivity and BLUETOOTH wireless networking, giving you direct-to-device access to BirdsEye Satellite Imagery downloads, location sharing, Connect IQ app support and more
  • Compatible with the Garmin Explore website and app to help you manage waypoints, routes, activities and collections, use tracks and review trip data from the field

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Garmin inReach® Messenger Handheld Satellite Communicator, Global Two-Way Messaging
  • Small, rugged, lightweight satellite communicator enables two-way text messaging even in areas with no cell coverage (Active satellite subscription required. Some jurisdictions regulate or prohibit the use of satellite communication devices)
  • Send two-way messages globally; easily text back and forth directly with friends via the Garmin Messenger app, even when you’re out of cellular coverage. (Active satellite subscription required. Some jurisdictions regulate or prohibit the use of satellite communication devices.)
  • Group messaging via the Garmin Messenger smartphone app lets you share your adventures with multiple contacts simultaneously — and have group text chats with friends and family
  • Check in with contacts directly by using preset messages that do not count toward your allotted text messages (Active satellite subscription required. Some jurisdictions regulate or prohibit the use of satellite communication devices)
  • Share your GPS location (Active satellite subscription required. Some jurisdictions regulate or prohibit the use of satellite communication devices)
  • Trigger an interactive SOS to the Garmin IERCC 24/7-staffed monitoring and coordination center for help in an emergency (Active satellite subscription required. Some jurisdictions regulate or prohibit the use of satellite communication devices)

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Garmin 010-02602-00 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.).Special Feature:Bluetooth.Water Resistant: Yes
  • 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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Garmin GPSMAP® 67i Rugged GPS Handheld with inReach® Satellite Technology, Two-Way Messaging, Interactive SOS, Mapping
  • Large 3” sunlight-readable color display for easy viewing
  • Enable two-way messaging and location tracking via the 100% global Iridium satellite network, and trigger an interactive SOS to Garmin Response℠, a 24/7 staffed emergency response coordination center (active subscription required; some jurisdictions regulate or prohibit the use of satellite communications devices)
  • Access preloaded TopoActive mapping from Garmin, view satellite imagery, and navigate with multi-band GNSS support and sensors
  • When paired with your compatible smartphone, you can access active weather forecasts and Geocaching Live
  • Use with the Garmin Explore website or app on your compatible smartphone to help you plan trips and more
  • Get access to a wide variety of premium mapping content delivered directly to your device via Wi-Fi technology with an Outdoor Maps+ subscription

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Garmin Backpack Tether Accessory for Garmin Devices, Black
  • Compatible with multiple Oregon, Alpha, inReach, GPSMAP, and eTrex devices.
  • Durable nylon harness wrap
  • 2-Inch - 14-Inch adjustable strap

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