It is the way of the world I guess. Big companies buy little ones espescially if they have a successful product they want to incorporate into their line. Such is the case with GPS giant Garmin recently announcing that they are purchasing DeLorme. DeLorme was known mostly for the Gazetteer atlas books that every outdoorsman worth his salt keeps in their rig but then they created the inReach satellite communications device which has been very successful.
I use and recommend the inReach Explorer because it gives me basic GPS functions along with real time two way texting capability from pretty much anywhere in North America. The Explorer is relatively big, heavy, and cumbersome to use but it works and I rely on it.
So what can we expect from Garmin with respect to the inReach product line? How about a Rino like device that combines the excellent mapping features of the GAPSMAP 64st with the two way text/SOS capability of the Explorer in a well made but light and durable form factor? That would be nice. Anyway, stay tuned because something is definitely going to come out of this transaction and I am betting that it will be good for us.
I would like to pass a comment on to Garmin regarding their in vehicle GPS devices. Seems to me that there are way too many products to choose from and it takes an extended, concerted effort to distinguish one from another. As a result I have not purchased one and I am pretty savvy about these kinds of things. Also, why doesn’t Garmin offer an alternative to the Lowrance Globalmap Baha for offroad vehicles (ruggedized, water and dustproof, large direct sunlight readable screen, etc).