The Garmin inReach Mini Satellite Communicator is a must-have tool for safety and connectivity no matter where you are. This Garmin handheld GPS is perfect for emergency preparedness kits or for any sort of outdoor adventuring. Whether it's a backpacking trip or a day hike, taking this Garmin satellite communicator with you ensures you'll be able to reach the outside world in the event of an emergency or getting off track. This waterproof Garmin offers a compass, downloadable offline maps, built-in GPS, an SOS function, and many more safety features. With a satellite or cellular network connection, this GPS device allows for two-way messaging and is pairable with mobile devices. You'll want the Garmin inReach Mini Satellite Communicator every time you take on the great outdoors.
Approved by FCC
Cell service not required
Downloaded offline maps
Built-in, high-sensitivity GPS
Impact-resistant and water-rated to IPX7
Optional inReach weather forecast service
Pairable with mobile devices using the Earthmate app
Cell service not required to navigate on your phone using the paired app
Send and receive inReach messages through compatible Garmin devices
Iridium Satellite Network: 100% pole-to-pole coverage with no dead zones
Exchange text messages when out of cellular range with satellite subscription
Weight: 3.5 oz.
Display Size: 0.9 x 0.9 in.
Dimensions: 3.9 x 2 x 1 in.
Average Battery Life: 50 hrs.
Location Accuracy: 3 meters
Battery: Rechargeable internal lithium ion
Best Use: Emergency preparedness, backpacking
Includes USB cable, carabiner clip and spine-mount adapter
Compatible devices include Fenix 5/5S/5X watches, Fenix Chronos, Tactix Charlie, Quatix 5 and Forerunner 935
Great little gadget and absolutely packed with features for its size. Will use it mainly for emergency communications and checking in with loved ones when outside of cell coverage. If I want fancier navigation features, Ill get a fancier navigation device. This device is small enough to go on any adventure, and adds the piece of mind that I can connect to the outside world even in the most remote areas. Seamless bluetooth pairing with my iPhone, it connects right when the inReach is turned on and I can keep the inReach clipped to the back of my pack and use the earthmate app on my phone to peruse all the messaging and navigation features without ever having to touch the inReach.
I purchased this as a means to communicate with family and contact emergency services if necessary. I travel a lot off grid on an adventure motorcycle. This is the best reviewed and smallest unit I could find. I purchased it for peace of mind while adventuring and it allows for me to explore farther and always know that I have a means of communication.
Garmin is asking me to review it after only owning it for a couple days. I did use it on an overnight just a few days ago. As such, it was somewhat difficult learning the processes and functions. I also didn't seem to be able to enter a phone number from the device to send text messages, instead I could only send to an email address that I wanted to contact. I figure if it worked differently or Garmin wanted to give me more time to learn the features, they would have done so before asking me to review it, so that's what it is. The tracking seems to work well. It's disappointing that the Garmin devices use a rechargeable internal battery though, for field use batteries are still king because you can carry extra and buy them anywhere. You may not always have access to a USB charger/power source. I wouldn't say don't buy this so far, it seems to work well and I think it will do what I bought it for, but it does have compromises so be well aware.
Just went on a 2 day trip to Smoky Mountains National Park. It was raining and very overcast the entire time. It got great GPS coverage and sent messages in short order, receiving responses quickly too. I left on for 1 full day and got a message that it only had 35% battery left, seems somewhat short. Can be avoided by turning off when it's not needed. I paired with my Garmin Forerunner and could send and receive messages from my watch, but the inReach app on my watch caused my watch to freeze a few times and it didn't pair the 2nd day of my trip. No worries though as I could still use my phone to send and receive messages thru the inReach and could also send/receive messages through the actual inReach itself. Build quality seems fantastic. Garmin, please work on pairing and freezing issues within the inReach app on the watches.
I bought this Midsummer for hang gliding and paragliding, It works flawlessly. Very easy to use. It's great to be able to communicate with loved ones and let them know that I have landed safe or that I need help getting back home. Makes flying that much more enjoyable.
In all my flying I haven't seen any missing track points. It's also great peace of mind to get confirmation that the message is sent. Something that always concerned me with my previous device, I never knew if the message actually sent or not. Having two way communication is invaluable.
It’s the right size and has all the right features - if the UX/UI was more modern it would be easier to use. Also, if the app worked with Apple Watch that would be cool too. Right now it’s probably the best version of this type of device that’s available despite those things.
After 3 days I am totally blown away by the Mini. It does exactly what it claims. The Mini is really small. I have it onnected to my Garmin 935 and to my phone and both are working well. Yes it is a bit complicated so plan on spending several hours learning the ropes. With open sky the connection is a few seconds. With tree cover the gps fix seems to be the poorest connection and can take a couple of minutes. I got the Safety plan and so far it will meet my needs. With all the features the Recreation plan is tempting.
I wish this was a bit cheaper. I totally get that the technology is expensive and innovative, but paying $300 a year if you're paying monthly is a bit much for something you'll almost never use, hopefully.
If there was an SOS only plan for say, $50 a year, then I'd go with that. But in that situation, an PLB is a better option.
I bought this as a backup safety device to let my spouse know where I am. I explore remote areas on a motorcycle with sometimes very few (if any) people around and definitely no cell phone coverage. I can send preset texts (emails) and that person can click on the link and see exactly where I am. I do not use the tracking features but they are available. The "Mini" subscription was easy to setup and once you learn the devices menu, it is easy to use as well.
Bought this for a trip where I knew cell service would be an issue and often times unobtainable. Did everything I was supposed to in order to activate and setup the device. I had an error message on the Earthmate app that informed me that my device might not be activated. I logged into the garmin website, and put in my device’s IMEI number and pin, and the website said that my device was already activated. Fast forward a few days into the backcountry of Colorado... I attempt to check-in with my wife, but am unable to, device isn’t activated. I call customer service and learn that the inreach mini did not go through all of processes that it should have upon activation. Matt was very helpful, but could not explain why it hadn’t activated properly. Just getting back from another trip, where the inreach mini worked as it should. When I pay $350 for a device, and then a service plan on top of that, I expect to have a working device. Thankfully there was not an emergency when my inreach mini was just a paper weight in my pack.
This was a gift and I really like the Freedom plan affordability which works well for occasional use. Check that the text functionality works in your country as it doesn’t in Botswana for the moment. Garmin are looking into the issue. The suspicion is that it’s the cellular providers that need to be brought on board.
The interface on the Mini is inconvenient and not really intuitive, and unfortunately the app that should make it easier is not reliable. For example, the unit said it was connected, the phone said it wasn’t. I found the instructions for this unit to be confusing, and I incurred charges that I wasn’t expecting. But it does what I want, which is allow me to have connectivity to others when I’m in the back country.
So many great features in a small package. I love the peace of mind (so does my wife) knowing that no matter where my adventures take me, I’m not out of touch. Iridium network has world class coverage and this works great paired with my iPhone too!
Using the mini stand alone works well. Pairing it with a smartphone and using the Earthmate app is not user intuitive, buggy and leaves a lot to be desired. I've spent close to 5 hours figuring things out and have a high tech background. Because of the small screen, needing to pair it with a phone is pretty important. Garmin needs to hire some better UI engineers to fix this (others have reported similar challenges). The mini by itself I would give it 4 stars. The Earthmate app 1 star. Weighting the two together for a total score of 3.
So far, very difficult setup process. I tried to activate over the weekend ... unable to activate until Monday. A lot of time on the phone and messing with it. After it was activated, it took several hours for the test message to be successfully sent. Unit was outside with clear skies. Perhaps delay was related to ongoing activation issues.
I have a few different uses for my inReach Mini. What I like best is it truly gives me peace of mind when I am out of cell range. It's compact size and ease of use make it the ideal must-have travel tool.
Used this hunting in the mountains of Colorado to communicate with others hunting around me and family back home. Communication is a big deal while in the mountains and this fit the ticket. However, my locations services on my my phone stopped working properly such as Maps, Onx maps, and Google Earth after installing the Earthmate app. Neither Garmin or Apple has been able to help with this but as long as my phone was paired with the InReach Mini my location would work.
Very happy so far with inReach. It gives my family comfort when I hike in the backcountry solo. My only ask and maybe I'm not using it correctly is for the ability to give updates on my progress automatically
I bought it August applied for the Freedom plan, paying by month in use. The device was recommended by a friend. The device works well. First issue was on how to use the device. Yes there is great support, but there is not a grace period for beginners. So the first week of my trip, I was able to send pre-text message, but I thought that my family did not receive them. Finally, someone in the group with Garmin explorer helped me to worked out the problem. But I lost out a week, and it stressed me out. Suggestion: give a week grace period to get acquainted with it. Second issue: download maps. I called support to help me with this task. I wanted to download the route of my trip in Mongolia, I don't know if I can see them using Google earth as I was told, because I have been working (my paying job) instead of playing with the Inreach. I am used to download the information from my runner watch with just a click. Otherwise it is fine, but I am considering to change it for the explorer, but I need to make a call again and see the pros and cons.
had it less than a month - there a lots of videos on how to use it and how to set it up - including videos from GARMIN (very helpful). Activation process halted - "server error" part way - but (truly) logging out and logging back in got me back in action - so its all good. Don't forget to download the SYNC app by clicking on the link (Duh!) in your web browser. Earthmate seems like a nice app (it tracked my on a neighborhood walk).
This is probably one of the coolest Garman devices that I own. I love how compact it is, but it is still packed with plenty of features. I bought it as a secondary means of communication for when I’m out on the ocean.
We were out of power and cell phone service for a week following Hurricane Irma in 2017. When paired with an iPad, the Garmin Mini is the perfect device to provide emergency communications capability when off grid - either by choice or not!
Featherweight, palm sized, great for trail running
Have had this for around a month. I love the diminutive size & light weight. I've taken in on several trips now far from home and it has opened new doors- traditional satellite communicators are pretty bulky but you can run with this in a pocket or even in your palm.
Unfortunately it seems to have trouble locking GPS while running in the forest in the mountains. Not unexpected- that's a challenging environment- but my GPS watch has no such troubles. It really prefers to be stationary.
I think the Garmin InReach Mini is great for its SOS feature (at least I assume it is. I didn’t have to use it in that way). It’s also great for being able to communicate with people. What it’s not great at is accurately tracking mileage. I realize this is true about most GPS devices and apps. So, use it for SOS and communicating, but don’t rely on it to accurately track your mileage.
My inReach Mini worked perfectly well for 9-day float trip in remote western Alaska out of cell range. I used the Mini with the Garmin Earthmate app on my iPhone to monitor our location on the river, text my family, and text our outfitter for pickup details. I have also applied the inReach Mini with iPhone Earthmate to successfully locate survey monuments and bearing trees from a 40-year old survey. inReach Mini is a very good value for my applications. I haven't used the tracking function, but plan to apply tracking this winter backcountry skiing.
I did not want another full size device for my motorcycle trips.. so I opted for the mini. I paired this small device with my phone and use my garmin app for maps and communication.. I can tuck this device away in my tank bag, on my shoulder straps or jacket etc. problem solved..
My first test wasn't a good one. In clear sky with no obstructions, the outbound text was picked up on the test cell phone within seconds. But the return reply from that cell phone to the inReach Mini took about 25 minutes. I find this to be unacceptable but am hoping that when I'm travelling at 400 mph at 40,000' the results will be better. This device should be a godsend for communicating with people via text on the ground while I'm traveling. Hope it works!!
Already have an Oregon 650t which I really like so opted for the mini just for the satcom capabilities. It's smaller and lighter than I thought, very good attributes. Setup was easy except for the WEB app, that wasn't that hard just took a while to connect. I had everything but that working and couldn't figure out why it didn't work. Tried again next day and it was working. Patience is a virtue.
As others have indicated, Garmin does a good job developing their products (rugged, good buttonholing) but the software is many degrees of separation behind. Bought the Mini for the JMT mostly for the SOS function but wanted to try out the Earthmate.mapping and the preset messaging and the weather. As usual, didn’t use the SOS and was disappointed with the mapping. Poor tracking, poor visibility on the trail. Doesn’t scroll or enlarge smoothly. Most of the time the map was almost useless. in the real world the battery of the mini doesn’t last as long as Garmin says, even when you make all the adjustments which means you can’t use the mapping function. The preset function worked well when the “satellite was found”. The weather updates were ok. I would buy it again with the service and will use it on future travels. But my expectations with Garmin are always muted as experience reinforces.
Great little device. However, the software is clunky and GPS receiver is not very sensitive. I expected this device to pick up a GPS signal when my cell phone would be unable. Unfortunately this is not true. I.e.: My phone gets GPS signal in house just fine, the Inreach does not. When clipped to the belt of my jeans, when riding my motorcycle, it also does not always have GPS reception (as evidenced by not sending out the message until I got home!). GPS reception not to be confused with Iridium reception!