Bikepacking with a Satellite Messenger + Garmin InReach Mini Review (video)
In our latest video, Neil dives into the world of satellite messengers, explaining their features, the differences between one-way and two-way devices, and the pros and cons of carrying one while cycling. He also reviews the Garmin InReach Mini and touches on a few other devices that are available on the market today…
There are several reasons why a satellite messenger (aka tracker or satellite communicator) is a standard item in many bikepacking gear kits. They can be used as an emergency beacon to alert authorities in case of an accident or other such crisis, notify loved ones you’re okay, send various messages, track your progress on a map, and some can even receive messages, all without having to rely on a cellular data network. In our latest YouTube video, Neil walks through how these devices work, the different types and features that are available, and everything you need to know to figure out which one is right for you. In addition, he reviews the Garmin InReach Mini, one of the more popular and packable options on the market. Watch it below:
As always, we recommend visiting your local bike shop or outdoor store to purchase these devices, particularly the more readily available models. However, if they’re not available to you locally, you can find the products we reviewed at the links below:
- Garmin inReach Mini ($350 REI/AMZ)
- SPOT 3 ($140)
- SPOT 4 ($150)
- SPOT Trace ($50 REI/AMZ)
- SPOT X ($250)
- Somewhere S.O.S. ($350)
- ACR PLB ($290)
- BivyStick ($350)
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