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SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger Review

June 2010 Product Review:

SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger Review

I can't believe it took as long as it did, but SPOT came to the rescue, a couple years ago in fact. Now becoming hugely popular, the rugged SPOT Satellite Personal Tracker is a must-have for anyone and everyone who ventures into remote places or participates in high-risk activities. Whether you're a hunter, angler, backpacker, paddler, snowmobiler, or even a globetrotter - this little unit is a keeper. In short, SPOT uses a GPS satellite system to identify the user's location and communications satellites to transmit that information to chosen recipients. Great for basic ongoing correspondence, it can quite literally be a lifesaver in an emergency situation. Read more...

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Re: SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger Review

I have one at my cabin in Sask. It's fly-in only so once the plane leaves you're on your own until the pre-arranged pick up time. Having that little contraption is great peace of mind - especially for the wife and since it's one-way only I don't have to deal with the annoyance of a phone ringing.

I highly reccomend it.

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SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger Review

I bought one the newest version out a couple weeks ago. I was overall pleased and it worked each and every time out in the woods where I did not have cell phone contact. It takes a bit for it to fire up and get a gps signal but so far I have not had any failures to where it would not get a signal. That seems to be the biggest complaint from all the reviews that I read about prior to buying one. I'm glad to have it for the extra piece of mind espically with the wildreness hunting that I do

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The wife keeps trying  to get

The wife keeps trying  to get me to get one...might just have to pull the trigger.

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It's a trigger worth pulling

It's a trigger worth pulling and bet it will give her piece of mind if you do.

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Something that is buried in

Something that is buried in the user agreement details is that they will automatically renew your subscription if you don't cancel it.  Not a problem if you want to keep the service, but if you don't, the subscription just won't expire unless you take affirmative action.

I had one and it was okay, but I didn't find it to be 100 percent reliable in sending the I'm ok messages.

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I have thought about getting

I have thought about getting one since most of the time when I head out here in Colorado I usually do it solo.  But, I have a regular Garmin GPS that will pick up a satellight fix here in the hills and canyons and that has been what has stopped me.  It would be the pits if you needed to hike to the top of a hill to get a signal. 

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I can't speak for the first

I can't speak for the first generation Spot. I purchased the newest Spot 2 and I was always getting a signal within 10 minutes tops. A lot of the reviews I read about the first generation Spot was they took forever to get a signal and a lot of signals never went through from what I read. After using it several times without fail so far I would recommend the Spot 2. It cost $50 bucks more than the generation one but I think its worth the money. They say they have updated the units and it appears to me with my use its working great

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just got a Spot 2

Wife and kids just bought me one today after I told them I almost fell in a canyon last weekend scouting. I wished I would have known that Spot was going to merge with DeLorme on the P-60 Gps. The P-60 GPS  allows you to type messages sent on the Spot satellites with the internal keyboard. The P-60 came out the same time as the Spot 2. I asked for a P-40 for last Xmas and got one. Best GPS I own, and I own a few. Well the Spot is lite enough so I guess carrying it with my backup GPS will not be a problem. I carry either a garmin vista HCX or the Garmin Oregon as a backup to my DeLorme P-40. The P-40 gets a better signal(even indoors) then the Garmins, It also has layered maps including aerial maps, that is why I wish I had the P-60 which also has the integrated Spot.

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Great review!  I'll be

Great review!  I'll be renting one for the solo mulie hunt this fall in Colorado.  Glad to get the run down on it here.

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I'm really debating on

I'm really debating on getting one for my eagle cap wilderness hunt next year, I'll be in there for 10 days and my wife is already freaking out, it would probaly give piece of mind knowing I was ok.

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