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Costco Members: Garmin inReach Mini Satellite Communicator Bundle

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Costco Wholesale has for their Members: Garmin inReach Mini Satellite Communicator Bundle for $249.99. Shipping is free. Thanks USAman.

Bundle includes: Backpack Tether and Free Month of Satellite Airtime

Various Retailers have Garmin inReach Mini Satellite Communicator for $249.99. Shipping is free.

Available at:Features: (Specs)
  • Dimensions: 4" x 2"
  • Weight:3.5 oz
  • Messages, SOS alerts and tracking are transferred via the global Iridium satellite network (satellite subscription required)
  • Internal, rechargeable lithium battery gives up to 50 hours of battery life in 10-minute tracking mode (battery life may vary depending on settings)
  • Rugged, impact resistant and water-rated to IPX73
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$249.99 After $100 OFF

Online Price $349.99
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Your Price $249.99
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* Use your Costco Visa for additional 2% off for total of $244.99 (not including sales tax).

Valid 11/13/20 through 11/30/20. While supplies last.

$350 at Garmin direct and many other sources. I've been watching for one of these to come on sale somewhere and they apparently rarely do. $100 off is huge IMO.

UPDATE: Link to REI $249(expires 11/23) [rei.com] Thanks bigringking. Note: REI Does not include Backpack Tether and free month of satellite airtime.

$249 at Adorama [adorama.com] Does not include Backpack Tether and free month of satellite airtime. >Temporarily On Backorder, may still order

$249 at Beach Camera [beachcamera.com] Does not include Backpack Tether and free month of satellite airtime.

$249 at Cabelas [cabelas.com] Does not include Backpack Tether and free month of satellite airtime.
Garmin inReach® Mini Bundle - Lightweight and Compact Satellite Communicator with GPS

Garmin inReach Mini is your go-to connection for maintaining off-the-grid contact. It's our palm-sized satellite communicator for adventures where size and weight matter. inReach Mini lets you send and receive text messages, track and share your journey and, if necessary, trigger an SOS alert to contact the GEOS 24/7 emergency response team. With inReach connectivity, your family and friends will know they can stay in touch globally.

Features:
  • Small, rugged, lightweight satellite communicator enables two-way text messaging via 100% global Iridium® satellite network (satellite subscription required)
  • Trigger an interactive SOS to the 24/7 search and rescue monitoring center (satellite subscription required)
  • Send and receive inReach messages through compatible Garmin devices, including connected wearables and handhelds
  • Track and share your location with family and friends (satellite subscription required)
  • For access to downloadable maps, U.S. NOAA charts, color aerial imagery and more, use the free Earthmate® app with compatible devices
  • Optional inReach weather forecast service provides detailed updates directly to your inReach Mini or paired mobile device; basic and premium weather packages available (satellite subscription required)
  • Internal, rechargeable lithium battery gives up to 50 hours of battery life in 10-minute tracking mode (battery life may vary depending on settings)
  • Rugged, impact resistant and water-rated to IPX73
  • Comes with Backpack Tether and free month of satellite airtime
Note: Usage requires satellite subscription plan (this bundle deal includes one free month).

https://discover.garmin.com/en-US...scriptions

More information on the InReach Mini [garmin.com]
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For those who don't know what this is, it's a two way satellite communication device , virtually 100% of the planet is covered with this device. It's a very popular device in backpacking circles for people that go way out past cell signal land as a safety / communication device.

What it can do..
- Allows you to send messages via the device or your phone paired with bluetooth
- Allows tracking / checkins... useful for loved ones at home that want to check your progress on a trail, they can request your location from the web portal and it pings the device.
- SOS option you can use as an emergency "911" device, even in the middle of BFE
- There are some limited trail marking / navigation options on the device, it's good for maybe set a waypoint at your car and be able to navigate back that way if you get too far off track, or your deer stand etc.

You will need a subscription either monthly or annual, I personally think the monthly is a better value. It's like a 20% premium or so, but I only backpack once every month and some of the trails I know have good cell coverage so wouldn't need on those so plan on only using this device 2-3 months out of the year ( which if I NEED it one time it pays for itself ).
Starlink and Iridium aren't exactly apples to apples. One is high power, high bandwidth. Starlink can replace existing Iridium use-cases like yachts, offshore drilling rigs, etc. You wouldn't be able to use the service in a small handheld with long battery life. Kinda like Wi-Fi versus Bluetooth. Similar idea, different uses, different requirements.
Here are links to reviews of the inReach mini that I've bookmarked during my research, and some have comparisons to the SpotX:

https://hikingguy.com/hiking-gear...ni-review/
https://www.outdoorgearlab.com/re...reach-mini
https://www.rei.com/blog/news/whi...ld-you-get
https://www.outdoorgearlab.com/re...con/spot-x

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You can have 20 days battery life too, if you reduce the time to 30 minute checkins.
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Pricing dropped at others, REI, Amazon (late Nov delivery though)
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Pricing dropped at others, REI, Amazon (late Nov delivery though)
Updated the OP. Thanks
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Pricing dropped at others, REI, Amazon (late Nov delivery though)
Link to Amazon? Showing $350 for me, except for a bundle deal on the black for $279/289 depending on the bundle
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Link to Amazon? Showing $350 for me
Check other seller options. Amazon often defaults to other sellers who have it in stock.
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Link to Amazon? Showing $350 for me, except for a bundle deal on the black for $279/289 depending on the bundle
$269 @ Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Garmin-Lig...07CR8D2DW/

Update Apparently Amazon matched the $249 price at the above link. Third party seller and no backpack tether or free month subscription.
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is this the one they used in outer space?
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Have it. Love it. Now I feel I like overpaid for it. Haha. Great deal for those of us who love the backcountry.
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Are these going to be obsolete once Starlink completes deployment? With their beta unlimited internet at $100/mo, it seems like they should be able to offer a satellite messaging service for next to nothing.
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yes theyre unloading
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Can I buy, but not activate until later when I actually use it?
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What are the airtime plans after the initial free month?
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Thank you!
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