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Mar 14th 2016, 07:44 AM   #16
 Candiya's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Bremerton

  BMW F800R, Honda CBR250R
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Originally Posted by tunus
I have a light weight pack which contains 2.5ltr water bladder, first aid kit and a few survival essentials should I need to spend the night on the side of a trail. The Inreach goes in an outside pocket zipped up away from the elements. It has never failed to connect even through the backpack fabric.

It's a little known fact that the Inreach can also send and receive short emails. You just need to enter email address instead of a phone number. This feature combined with preset messages and some cleverly set email rules opens up many interesting possibilities for notifying friends/family in a myriad of different scenarios.

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Interesting! I didn't know that about the email.

A couple other random thoughts: I used mine once to text a friend for a pick-up when someone on our group ride went off the road. He was fine, but the bike wasn't rideable. No one had cell service, but the InReach text went through without a problem. The text automatically included a link to our GPS coordinates. My friend with the trailer entered the coordinates in his GPS, and he was able to get turn-by-turn directions to find us on the backroads.

And the other random thought is that I recommend programming the phone numbers from the emergency assistance threads into the InReach. I may not have cell service to bring up the forum to check the thread, but I'll still have the phone numbers to bug everyone for help!
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Mar 14th 2016, 10:33 AM   #17
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  Jan 2016
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In terms of reliability, I purchased my Delorme inReach last summer, and used it on my trip to Arizona. I never had a problem with it and used the tracking feature quite extensively. I also found the two-way messaging capability very convenient when outside of cell coverage, and I never had a problem sending or receiving messages.

I can't tell you that the Delorme will work everywhere for you, especially since Delorme makes it clear that the device has to be able to see the sky in order to function; having said that, I can say that my inReach worked fine in areas that Delorme warned it might not (dense foliage over the road). Your mileage may very.
Mar 15th 2016, 07:08 PM   #18
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  Jan 2016
  Beaverton

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Thanks for the input. I'm going to get the Inreach, mostly for the texting feature and the apparent better coverage. Just a little concerned about the negative reviews. I tend to weigh the negative reviews more heavily than the positives in most situations because I'm a skeptic at heart.
Looks like Inreach offers various subscription plans. It seems like their "safety plan" at $12/month will cover my needs. Again, thanks for the help!
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