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Garmin has unveiled the inReach mini, the newest addition to its line up of satellite communication devices, for lads who like to go far off-piste.

The Garmin inReach Mini is a pint-sized, compact satellite communicator that offers adventurers two-way messaging and a 24/7 SOS function, like its sibling products, when combined with an inReach subscription to access the Iridium satellite network.

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Forget spotty cell phone coverage or being faced with the prospect of gnawing away your own foot  – measuring just under four inches tall by two wide, the inReach Mini can slip into a backpack pocket, jacket pocket or glove box until needed. When it is, it quickly connects to the network of satellite, whether you’re putting in a pre-emptive order at your favourite watering hole or asking for a heli-evac.

The Earthmate app easily pairs the inReach Mini with smartphones and tablets, making typing messages a breeze while also offering access to unlimited maps, charts, and aerial imagery. You can even automatically update your progress on social media and send pre-set messages to contacts.

Garmin inreach mini

The inReach Mini also works with the brand’s fēnix smartwatch line to allow wearers to send and receive messages from their watch with the device securely fastened to their pack, kit, or vehicle.

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Small but mighty, the inReach Mini is impact resistant (MIL-STD-810F) and water-rated to IPX7 2, so it’s built tough to withstand extreme conditions. TThe device includes an internal, rechargeable lithium battery for up to 50 hours of use at the default 10-minute tracking mode and up to 20 days at the 30-minute interval extended tracking mode.

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