The most obvious feature of the latest iteration of DeLorme’s satellite communicator is the color screen, but it is also much more versatile. Thanks to its virtual keyboard you can now have a two-way conversation with a search and rescue center without needing to link via Bluetooth to a smartphone or tablet. You can also send custom tweets and emails or update your Facebook page from a spray-drenched cockpit. These and other new features build on the waterproof InReach’s core purposes of tracking and distress communications; your family and friends can follow the progress of your voyage on a dedicated Mapshare page online; hit the SOS button and your position is sent to a response center that alerts the authorities. Data plans range from $9.99 to $49.95/month.
$299. DeLorme, inreachdelorme.com