The Garmin inReach Explorer+ is an easy-to-use, versatile, and tech-compatible option with advanced functionality to use as an altimeter, route-finder, and weather forecaster. Even though it is expensive as an initial purchase and can be heavier than other choices, the increased functionality and user-friendliness make this a good option for beginner and advanced backcountry-goers alike.
The Garmin InReach Mini is the best satellite communicator for users primarily concerned about size, weight and safety. It provides all the basic communication functions needed when in the wilderness, without a lot of bells and whistles. Users who like to save detailed tracks of their routes with their GPS, and therefore require constant communication with the satellite network, may find the Mini’s battery is drained quickly.