Here is my selection of the best satellite messengers for 2019 (also called GPS Tracker or Personal Locator Beacon) which I would consider to carry on my next hiking or backpacking trip.

Satellite messengers are of particular importance if you plan to hike in a location without phone reception.

Garmin owns DeLorme since 2016, and the Garmin InReach Explorer+ and SE+ series are replacing the old DeLorme products.

In the picture below you can see the old DeLorme InReach Explorer in his yellow case attached to the backpack.


Best Satellite Messenger, Locator and Personal Beacon 2018

GPS messenger comparison table

GPS Messenger Weight Map Storing
Garmin InReach Mini 100g no
SPOT Gen3 114g no
ACR ResQlink+ 153g no
Garmin InReach SE+ 190g no
Garmin InReach Explorer+ 213g yes

Garmin InReach Mini

  • Weight: 100 grams
  • IPX7
  • Subscription needed
  • Route tracking
  • Battery lasts for 100 hours with 10 min tracking intervall
  • Waterproof
  • Post to Social Media
  • Trips can be shared via the <arel="nofollow) href="https://share.delorme.com/”>MapShare portal
  • 500 waypoints and 20 routes can be stored. No maps can be stored.
  • Pair with mobile devices
  • Waypoints
  • Battery life 50 hours at 10 min tracking.

ACR ResQlink+ 406

  • Weight: 153 grams
  • Buoyant Personal Locator Beacon which is also suitable for paddlers
  • No subscription fee
  • Sends rescue signals for 24 hours
  • Buoyant
  • No messaging