The DeLorme can be used as a stand alone device a'la SPOT, or it can be paired with your smartphone, which is where it really shines. It's expensive: $300 for the device and then $100-300 a year depending on what data plan you choose. But you really get what you pay for; less expensive options were far less reliable and much less feature rich in our tests. If you just want an SOS device, consider the ACR ResQlink 406 Personal Locator Beacon, which likely performs better in SOS send mode and does not require a data plan. View our complete Personal Locator Beacon Review to see how these devices compare in side-by-side tests.
The inReach Explorer is a more robust model of the inReach SE. Keep reading to find out more!