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Old 01-06-2020, 01:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Current Sled(s): 2020 Artic Cat Riot 8000 ES
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As a Registered Maine Guide and 25 year Army Vet I take safety and planning very seriously. I have found over the last 2-3 years my snowmobiling is taking me further and further from cell phone reception. Bigger sleds, more gas, and new trails throughout Maine. Over the last several months I have tested a few devices to provide me with communications regardless of my location. I chose this device in the below link, it will provide me and my group a vital text message reach back should we have an unplanned event. Most importantly it will provide an SOS feature should someone need immediate medical aid. To me this device provides an equal type of personal safety that a firearm would provide. Check out the link below, think about it, and would like to hear what others do. Be safe!

https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/56...Z0LC_U81SH520c
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Old 01-06-2020, 05:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Both my brother and I have an older version of this device. Bring them with us every trip out. Worth the money for the peace of mind you get in my opinion.
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Old 01-06-2020, 07:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Current Sled(s): SkiDoo Regegade Enduro
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I love it! Just used it all over the UP that had very little cell service. Route 80 in PA also has a lot of dead spots. Good to have in truck or at work too.Click image for larger version

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Old 01-06-2020, 07:21 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I have one. It works really well and the battery holds up well in the cold.
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Still getting used to mine. Have simply for emergency situation communication when out of cell service, if needed. Needs clear open sky. Antennae seems weak.
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I've been using the original InReach for many years. I use the Recreational Plan and only activate it for the three months of snowmobiling. Reasonable cost and priceless for peace of mind and safety. Plus it's pretty cool to go on the website and look at your map for all the places you've been.
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Old 01-09-2020, 09:31 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Do you have it mounted with the charging mount? I purchased one for each one of my sleds. It's USB though, the hard mount for my Montana is wired into my sleds. Wish the inreach mount was hard wireable.
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ACR Res Q Link is another option a little cheaper without the GPS screen. I carry it for offshore fishing and sledding.
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Old 01-17-2020, 01:23 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I keep a FindMeSpot in my pocket. The subscription is a little pricey but I ride a lot, sometimes alone, and my wife likes me having it.
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Old 01-17-2020, 03:00 AM   #10 (permalink)
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There is also a inreach mini. Both are semi widely used in the backcountry trekking and backpacking community with good results
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