The 4 Best Satellite Communicators for Backpackers

The latest generation of satellite communicators is better than ever, ensuring that you can stay informed, connected, and safe wherever you go. Here are our favorites.
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Do you need a satellite communicator to go hiking? Not usually. But when trouble strikes and you're out of cell service, one of these devices can mean the difference between a relatively quick rescue and a long, difficult wait. 

The latest generation does more than just issue SOS's: From weather reports to text messages, they also help you get and stay out of trouble in the first place. After months of testing, these are our four favorites.