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Garmin InReach MiniRolfsky - Tigard, OR A nice little bit of trail insurance "The inReach Mini excels in one key aspect: wearability. If I'm down a ravine and my bike is not, the only SOS device that is going to help me is the one I have attached to my person, not my handlebars. Larger devices with a full GPS screen do offer more functionality, but at the cost of where you'll need to mount them. I've never had to use the SOS function on an inReach device, but I have used the automated tracklog, sharing to a public map, and two-way messaging. I've used the previous generation of this device to give my family peace of mind while watching me traverse central Oregon while going in and out of cell coverage. It's best to think of the Mini as an satellite communication bridge for your smartphone, as there is no map display on the device, only rudimentary navigation (think a compass pointing at your waypoint), and tedious message entry using up/down arrows. The Earthmate app however, does all this on your phone, along with free* global unlimited detailed offline topo maps and satellite imagery you can download. You should know that a satellite subscription is REQUIRED for both SOS functionality and messaging capability. Garmin has a variety of options, each of which have a yearly "account" fee, plus monthly or yearly subscriptions in tiers. If you're active year-round, it probably makes sense to pre-pay your subscription, but if you'll only use it occasionally, the current best option is a $25 yearly subscription and then pay for 30 days of satellite service at $15/month a la carte, or $35 for the month if you want unlimited tracking points and 40 messages. As of Spring 2018, a years worth of subscription will cost you a minimum of $164 for the first year, or $40 to activate and have 1 month service on the Freedom plan."
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