InReach Explorer+, InReach Mini, or Zoleo?

Vandy321

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UPDATE: SpotX failures last week

We had a crew member get sick on Tuesday...heat/dehydration. We got him back to feeling pretty good with water and snacks and sent him back to camp. He was instructed to message my SPOT via his SPOT so we could continue to work. My SPOT with direct skyview or very limited tree cover (dead whitebark) failed to send 4 message. After resending them, the messages were not received on coworker's device. Coworker sent several messages stating he was feeling great and was going to take a nap. I never received those. Having not received his messages I walked the 4 miles back to camp to confirm he was good. Coworker received my messages nearly 7 hours AFTER they were sent and I still haven't received his.

5 or 6 years ago we had basic SPOT devices fail to send the "check-in's" repeatedly. I started using my personal DeLorme (preGarmin).

I vote NO CONFIDENCE in SPOT devices. If it's not a Garmin/DeLorme I don't want anything to do with it!!!

I've had the same with the mini inReach, wife was getting my messages the next day...so much for garmin being the savior.

Zoleo hasn't failed to send yet.
 

mthuntr

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I've had the same with the mini inReach, wife was getting my messages the next day...so much for garmin being the savior.

Zoleo hasn't failed to send yet.
good to know. I see Zoleo uses Iridium satellites so that's a good option to consider. My Delorme's battery is getting pretty weak so I'll have to look into Zoleo a lot more. Thanks for the heads up!

I think a lot of SPOTs failure is associated with their satellite system.
 

Vandy321

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good to know. I see Zoleo uses Iridium satellites so that's a good option to consider. My Delorme's battery is getting pretty weak so I'll have to look into Zoleo a lot more. Thanks for the heads up!

I think a lot of SPOTs failure is associated with their satellite system.

The Garmin seems to be a programming issue, at least if you listen to garmin, they blamed the failures on the cell phone provider on the other end...it's always nice to pass the buck I guess. They lost my support and my business.

Haven't had the zoleo long eough to say either way, but it's sent from some places in cover/draws that I don't think the inReach wouldn't have.

Similar price points, worth looking into anyways.
 

buckwalleye

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Dumb question probably, as I have no experience with these devices. I’m hunting with a buddy that uses a bivy stick. If I get the zoleo, I assume we can communicate? Can all these difference devices work together? Example- hunting buddy #1 has an inreach, hunting buddy #2 has a spot, hunting buddy #3 is in town just using his phone, hunting buddy #4 has a zoleo. Can they all text amongst themselves?


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