Comps: inReach Mini vs SE+/Explorer+, SPOT Gen3, and PLB’s

For Outside I have written a piece on the primary differences between the new Garmin inReach Mini, which was released last week, and existing satellite communication devices like the inReach SE+, inReach Explorer+, SPOT Gen3, and personal locator beacons like the ACR Electronics ResQLink.

Here’s the link:

The Garmin InReach Mini vs. the Competition

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13 Responses to Comps: inReach Mini vs SE+/Explorer+, SPOT Gen3, and PLB’s

  1. Mike May 11, 2018 at 9:15 am #

    As luck would have it, your article is already out of date! Spot just announced an in-reach clone!

    • Andrew Skurka May 11, 2018 at 9:17 am #

      I know! Who would have thought, two new devices in a week.

      • Bob S. May 11, 2018 at 8:38 pm #

        I’m sure a week after you get your new Mini Garmin is going to release the Mini+

    • John Fegyveresi May 11, 2018 at 11:16 am #

      Was just going to say this! Crazy. It looks like you still can’t do a month-to-month, pay-as-you-choose plan for the SpotX though (you still have to sign up for a full year at a time). With that said though, I’d love to see your thoughts on the SpotX if you get a chance to review it Andrew.

      • Charlie Nuttelman May 17, 2018 at 8:11 am #

        +1 on a review of the Spot X, if you have had the chance review it!

        • Andrew Skurka May 17, 2018 at 10:07 am #

          Working on it. Their PR agency has a tight supply of units, but I’m on their list.

    • Joe S May 11, 2018 at 2:37 pm #

      There’s also the new Somewear Global Hotspot that was recently funded. So many options!

      • Jay May 14, 2018 at 10:12 am #

        If Somewear meets all their targets for device functionality, size, weight, and delivery dates, that’ll be a great device, but as usual, I’ll believe it when I see it.

  2. Dmity May 14, 2018 at 9:45 pm #

    What’s your experience with “pausing” inReach subscription? How frequently can I do it?

    • Andrew Skurka May 14, 2018 at 10:19 pm #

      If you sign up for the Freedom plan ($25 per year plus higher monthly fees) you can activate and cancel anytime in your online account. Can’t recall if the cancellation is immediate or if it carries through to the end of the current billing period.

    • Marc May 17, 2018 at 2:01 am #

      There is also weekly plans available at

      I am partner of this company.

  3. bmcf May 16, 2018 at 2:10 pm #

    With Spot X now added to the mix one of the other factors I look at, though not mentioned much in gear reviews, the satellite networks. IMHO Iridium is a strong market leader and will be around for a long time. GlobalStar, more of an underdog, it’s future a little more tentative.

  4. Marc May 17, 2018 at 1:59 am #

    There is also a new device coming up that combines Iridium + GSM + 4G in one … see

    It also serves with automatic safety features like dead mans switch, and many more.

    I am partner of this company.

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