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Somewear Labs and onX Partner to Launch First Sat-Connected Waypoints

Mapping app onX and satellite communication device developer Somewear Labs teamed up to launch an industry first for backcountry explorers.

Two heads are better than one. At least, that sentiment definitely applies to the onX and Somewear Labs partnership. The two navigation brands teamed up to create the industry’s first integration between a mapping app and satellite communications device.

With Somewear’s Iridium low-earth orbit satellite network, users can now share onX custom Waypoints with friends and family to indicate a summited peak, a route, a trail turn, a parked vehicle, wildlife sightings, and much more. It’s all integrated into one program. And there’s zero cell service required.

“We’re excited to partner with such a future-focused organization that is rethinking the way we communicate off-grid,” said onX VP of Development Christopher Sledz. “Until now, off-grid functionality was limited to one platform. This collaboration brings two best-in-class tools together.”

hiker using a Somewear hotspot and onX mapping app via smartphone

By sharing onX Waypoints through a Somewear hotspot, users can add extra relevant context to their messages. Examples include telling loved ones where you are on your route or dropping info about water sources, peaks, or campsites.

“Over the last few years, we noticed that many of our users were juggling different apps and manually bringing [that] data into Somewear,” Somewear Labs CEO James Kubik said. “We knew an integration with a mapping app would bring immense value to the outdoor community. onX was the clear choice.”

Satellite and App Integration: How to Access

The initial integration between onX and Somewear is currently available for all onX Backcountry members, and it requires a Somewear Global Hotspot.

onX Backcountry is offering 30% off app memberships for Somewear Labs customers. And likewise, Somewear Labs is offering onX users 10% off its hardware (Somewear’s Global hotspot retails for $280).

Somewear Labs plans on further integrating functions for users across the onX Hunt and onX Offroad apps later in 2021.

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Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and serves as the leader of Lola Digital Media’s DEI Committee.

She has been writing about hiking, running, climbing, camping, skiing, and more for seven years, and has been on staff at GearJunkie since 2019. Prior to that, Mary wrote for 5280 Magazine in Denver while working as an outdoor instructor teaching climbing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and mountain biking at Avid4Adventure. Based in Denver, Colorado, Murphy is an avid hiker, runner, backpacker, skier, yogi, and pack-paddleboarder.