I have a Garmin Enduro watch which I often pair to my Garmin InReach Mini. This is great as it allows me to quickly send preset messages from my watch whilst riding my bike in the backcountry and my in reach can stay attached to the top of my pack. I can also read any incoming inreach messages.
The other day I fell off my bike after a jump and activated my Enduro Fall Detection. I was ok, but my watched alerted me and I saw it count down and thought I'd check that it would use the iNreach that the enduro was paired and connected to in order to send an emergency alert.
My iPhone was out of service (not in cell range).
Disappointingly, once the countdown reached zero I got the message on my watch that my phone was not in range and it would send an emergency message to my contact once my phone was back in range!Now, what if I was laying unconscious? How was that going to help?????
If I was awake, I could trigger an emergency SOS on the inreach using my enduro via the in reach, and yet this isn't automatically connected to the fall detection function. I can understand Garmin not wanting too many false triggers, but have you really thought this through? I bought my in reach as an emergency device, and yet this very useful feature is not working. Why can't fall detection trigger a custom message to your in reach contacts - even if it's not to the emergency services agencies?
I'd like to bump this issue up - it has been asked a couple of times on the forums before, but all are closed, for example:
SUMMARY: Instead of triggering the Emergency SOS to external agencies, could the wearable fall detection trigger the inreach to send a custom message (could be either a present message or I'd be happy to use one of my monthly free-flow text messages). This message could be along the lines of "Garmin fall detection triggered. Please confirm with inreach owner if they are ok. Coordinates are attached to this message".