The new Garmin inReach Messenger provides satellite communication as a standalone device or when paired with your smartphone, and has a few other neat features that look promising for anyone riding away from cellular coverage. Check it out here…

The latest communication device in Garmin’s inReach lineup is the new Garmin inReach Messenger and Messenger app. Similar to the inReach Mini, the inReach Messenger is a satellite communication device that provides global two-way texting, location sharing, and SOS capabilities. It can be used alone or paired with their new Garmin Messenger companion app for smartphones, making messaging loved ones or getting help even easier. The app will automatically choose between Wi-Fi, cellular, or satellite connectivity to ensure every message is sent and received.

Garmin Inreach Messenger
  • Garmin Inreach Messenger
  • Garmin Inreach Messenger

Considering the size of the device, it’s impressive that you can still get most of the functionality as a standalone device. You can check-in with contacts, send location updates, start or stock live tracking, and declare an SOS directly from the device. It uses the Iridium satellite network to offer 100% global coverage, and when using the app, will automatically switch to Wi-Fi or cellular coverage when available. The device also offers a Safety Charging feature that allows smartphones to be powered if their batteries die, providing enough juice to send a custom text from the app. The device can be paired with over 80 compatible Garmin devices too, from smartwatches to handheld navigators and more.

  • Battery Life: Up to 46 Days
  • Dimensions: 3.1” x 2.5”
  • Display Size: 1″ x 0.43″
  • Waterproof Rating: IPX7
  • Battery: Rechargeable internal lithium-ion
  • Weight: 113 grams (4oz)
  • Price: $299.99 USD

The Garmin inReach Messenger is available now. Learn more at

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