By Dan Kidder
Managing Editor

The convenience and peace of mind of the DeLorme inReach satellite communicator just got even better with the addition of built-in navigation functionality, including a digital compass, route planning, waypoints and high-detail trip logging. inReach Explorer is the first personal satellite communicator to bring together the power of navigation with truly global SOS alerting, GPS tracking and two-way text messaging in one rugged, waterproof device.

The easy-to-use unit offers a basic map view, which displays routes, waypoints, tracks and messages geo-located onscreen for backtracking or self-rescue. The built-in digital compass, barometric altimeter and accelerometer sensors ensure accuracy and provide heading and bearing information, accurate elevation readings, speed and other useful trip statistics. When paired with a mobile device, inReach owners also get exclusive, unlimited access to DeLorme’s topographic maps and U.S. NOAA charts.

In an emergency, the Iridium-powered satellite communicator will notify GEOS, a 24/7 monitoring service to send search and rescue to your exact location, anywhere on the planet. Because the Iridium network works anywhere, without blackout areas or fringe areas, you can be assured of a rescue no matter how remote.

The inReach Explorer also allows you to send text messages over the satellite network to friends and family, letting them know if you are delayed or need supplies. You can also send prewritten text messages with ease.

Friends and family can see your posts and track your progress on social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, complete with your GPS coordinates. Because it syncs with your phone’s contacts via Bluetooth, you can easily send messages to anyone in your address book. The companion Explore web portal allows you to set up your tracking preferences, social media accounts, preset messages, review previous trips, and plan new ones.

The inReach is rugged, shockproof, and waterproof for up to 30 minutes up to 1 meter, so you can take it into the wettest locations and not worry about it failing you when you need it.

The rechargeable lithium polymer battery will last for about 100 hours of continuous operation, and can be recharged with a portable power cell, a solar panel, or any USB charging device.

DeLorme offers both contract-free monthly and annual subscription plans, which means you can select the level of service you need for the time period you need it. It is also easy to adjust your plan should your needs change.

For ultimate peace of mind, be sure to take an inReach Explorer — the world’s only satellite communicator with built-in navigation — with you when you get off the beaten path.