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SPOT Gen3 Satellite GPS Messenger
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- S.O.S. With the push of a button, GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Center provides your GPS coordinates and information to local response teams
- CHECK IN Let friends know you're ok when you're out of cell phone range. Send a text message with GPS coordinates or an email with a map link to your contacts with your location
- SPOT ASSIST Alert your personal contacts that you need help in non life-threatening situations. Or use SPOT Assist for professional services on land. Additional service required
- TRACKING Allow friends and family to follow your progress online in near real time and save waypoints so you can review your entire route at a later date
- INCLUDES SPOT Generation 3 Device, Strap, USB Cable, Quick Reference Guide, Carabiner, Batteries
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It rained "A LOT" and the unit was not compromised. I was aware of the ubs port cover, did not open it on the trip and no leaking. The cover did not move while traveling and we covered a lot of rugged ground and I did not baby the device. This model offers much more than previous generations. I would recommend it to anyone.
The Gen3 is a big step up IMHO from the Gen 2. Battery life is much better (I don't know about the x2 battery life, I haven't used it that much), signal acquisition is faster, and generally the performance is more reliable. Make sure when you get the unit that you update the firmware however. Early on the original firmware sucked.
I would have preferred the USB port to be under the battery door. I know why they didn't do it (the unit can be powered via USB now, so putting it under the battery door would be not preferable), but it still annoys me as a minor pet peeve. I won't dock anything from it either.
I'm also meh on the "basic tracking included!" aspect of the subscription. It used to be 100 bucks a year, and tracking was 50 dollars a year. That was pretty significant, and while I did include tracking, I appreciated that it was optional. Now, it's not, but the "bundle" is now 150 dollars. It's cheesy, and I would have preferred maybe even a 10 dollar a year discount to acknowledge the new purchase point. Whatever.
I'm *really* meh on the new tracking "options". Yeah, it's cool you can adjust the tracking interval. But it's not 50 dollars a year cool for the next tier up that lets you go from 5 minutes to 60 minutes. If I'm tracking via 60 minutes, I'm actually paying more to use their system less, and that seems screwed up. The 150 bucks for the "extreme" tracking (so a total of 300 dollars a year *boggle*) for the ability to check in every 2.5 minutes with your progress seems... absurd. I don't know who would actually use/need that.Read more ›
Update: After 3 months of use I really like this version of SPOT. 20+hours on the batteries so far - expecting about 100 before replacement. I like the auto-off power saving feature - it comes back on when I wiggle it a little (works on the dash of my pickup too). I'm really liking the small size and the attachment design as the whole thing is just much easier to casually carry. I also like the new SPOT App as it enables my wife to easily see where I'm at from her smart phone - much more convenient than a shared webpage. NOTE to the SPOT App writer: it would be cool to be able to log into multiple accounts so that I can track my son's activities as well. End of update.
Gen 1 was a bit of an IQ test (and many people did poorly). Gen 2 was a huge improvement in the antennae, mechanical package and user interface. Gen 3 is an even better mechanical design and the user interface is about as simple as it can be. I've owned/used all 3 generations and a happy SPOT user for 6+ years.
IMO, the best improvements are the smaller size, multiple attach points, and longer battery life. The rubber protective plugs over the HELP and SOS buttons are a nice touch.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a pilot, this this gives me (and my mother) peace of mind. My only complaint: I wish it had reception in my pocket, because I don't want to go hunting for it after an off-field... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Evan Tice
Used it for The Camino and after walking 500 miles with it and only changing the batteries once in 33 days I loved it, my husband was able to see my progress and know I was safe.Published 27 days ago by William Johnson
Love it! Small, easy to carry and mount.
It comes with a velcro strap and carabiner to latch onto something. Read more
Love it but wish I didn't have to have a monthly plan to use it a couple times a yr.Published 1 month ago by J. Medart
Been using SPOT Gen 1 since it first came out years ago. After losing it last year, I bought this Gen 3 unit, and it is a huge improvement: smaller, lighter, longer battery life,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by EJTV
Overall, it appears to be a good device although I have frankly never needed to use it. What bothers me is that they automatically renew your annual contract without any notice. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bubba
far too expensive for what it does...and several of the features you read about this thing can do you have to pay extra for...but it can track... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Theresa West
Anyone who does any kind of hiking, kayaking, backcountry skiing, hunting or any other activities that are in the backcountry where there are not many other people or even the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Andrew