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Old 07-22-2016, 10:47 AM   #1
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SPOT GPS

Do any of you use the SPOT GPS tracker and if so what options do you recommend?

Seems like I do a lot of riding by myself and my Verizon doesn't work in most of Texas where I ride so if something were to happen there is no way for me to get help. We are also going to Colorado in September and I will doing most of my riding alone, so the same issue applies.

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Old 07-22-2016, 12:27 PM   #2
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Before you pull the trigger on a SPOT device:

SPOT vs DeLorme inReach

That's my full review in my latest ride report.
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Old 07-22-2016, 12:39 PM   #3
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Re: SPOT GPS

Tricepilot, this post make my entire year of twtex subscription fees worth it!!!

I am so glad I asked the question to the group, this is exactly what I was looking for.

It appears there are two models, which one did you get and where from?
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Old 07-22-2016, 01:44 PM   #4
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Re: SPOT GPS

My SPOT Gen2 was stolen in Cali in April. I just bought a replacement (3, actually) for ~$45 each (two coming from Russia). Having the "contract" shifted (to the one I bought from MO that arrived in two days) took abt 5min on the phone, just needed the EINs of both units . . . no sweat, no hassle, no charge. There are more Gen2's available on eBay right now for the same price, or less.

OR, you can buy a brandy new SPOT Gen 3 right now, from an authorized retailer, and SPOT will kick back 50% if you buy by 7/31 . . . IOW, final price = $75.

Or, based on eBay prices, you can pay ~$350 for a DeLorme.

SPOT does all I need it to do so I didn't even consider a "Norm DeLorme."
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Old 07-22-2016, 01:55 PM   #5
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Tricepilot, this post make my entire year of twtex subscription fees worth it!!!

I am so glad I asked the question to the group, this is exactly what I was looking for.

It appears there are two models, which one did you get and where from?
I went with the SE (vs the Explorer) because I didn't need the mapping feature that the Explorer version has since I already run a mapping GPS (Garmin Montana) in the application where I'm using the inReach - exploration by moto.

Glad you liked the write-up!

IIRC I got it from Amazon
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Old 07-22-2016, 02:08 PM   #6
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Re: SPOT GPS

Hey, I have the Montana as well. Looks like REI even has these things, funny.
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Old 07-22-2016, 02:27 PM   #7
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Re: SPOT GPS

Another cool thing, if you mount the inReach on the bar as I do (on one bike, but not the other), is to be riding along in the middle of nowhere and get a message light indicating you have a satellite text from home. Handy if you're waiting on news from the home front in the middle of nowhere.

I bought it for "emergency" use but the stay in contact feature has been just as useful.
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Old 07-22-2016, 02:53 PM   #8
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I'll pile on

http://advrider.com/index.php?thread...#post-29792176


The ability to communicate your needs and the ability to know someone received your sos and is responding made my mind up for me.
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Old 07-22-2016, 03:13 PM   #9
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That is a great story, some tough women out there.


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Old 07-22-2016, 05:45 PM   #10
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I'll pile on

http://advrider.com/index.php?thread...#post-29792176


The ability to communicate your needs and the ability to know someone received your sos and is responding made my mind up for me.
Holy Crap is that the link of the year!

And your words which I highlighted in blue are true for me as well

Hit 911 on the SPOT and you have no idea what's happening until it happens. I wouldn't use one anymore even if it was free, not with the potential with a life on the line.
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Old 07-26-2016, 09:58 AM   #11
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Re: SPOT GPS

Has anybody found a better way to carry one of these of these on your person? Like maybe an elastic sleeve/pocket on your jacket sleeve?
For now I mount it on the bar if riding in a group, in a jacket pocket if riding alone.

Thought I had read of a product for the Spot, haven't been able to find anything for the InReach.
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Old 07-26-2016, 10:15 AM   #12
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Re: SPOT GPS

My new Klim Badlands jacket has a special pocket just for these devices, up front on the chest. That is what got me thinking about these in the first place.
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Old 07-26-2016, 10:17 AM   #13
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Re: SPOT GPS

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... Thought I had read of a product for the Spot, ...
There is; I got one with the eBay Gen-2 that arrived first - wide, adjustable elastic strap with a 'holster" attached. You should be able to "build" one for the DeLorme, either elastic or Velcro, both available at Walmart.
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Re: SPOT GPS

In case anybody missed the news, Garmin purchased DeLorme. (I certainly did.) Going to info.delorme.com page results in the following offerings: Garmin Products, Garmin Maps, Garmin Support & Garmin Discover. At the bottom of the page is an opportunity to download PDF for the inReach, but the only way to get active pages on the product is to go to Garmin and search.

I've been planning a solo ride or two this spring and thought the inReach would be a prudent safety feature. Looks like Garmin has redesigned it and the revised product will not be on the shelf for the next 5-8 weeks. In the meantime, there may be some of the existing DeLorme products going on clearance at different retailers. That brings up lots of questions about continued support and viability of the older DeLorme product. Tiem to do some research.

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Has anybody found a better way to carry one of these of these on your person? Like maybe an elastic sleeve/pocket on your jacket sleeve?
For now I mount it on the bar if riding in a group, in a jacket pocket if riding alone.

Thought I had read of a product for the Spot, haven't been able to find anything for the InReach.
I have this one for the spot. They MAY make one for the Inreachhttp://www.giantloopmoto.com/product...ker-spot-gen3/
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I have this one for the spot. They make one for the Inreachhttp://www.giantloopmoto.com/product...ker-spot-gen3/

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I meant to say that they may make one for the other unit. I have not checked. I edited my post
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I meant to say that they may make one for the other unit. I have not checked. I edited my post
They apparently do
http://www.giantloopmoto.com/product...-communicator/
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Serendipitous;

https://www.garmin.com/en-US/blog/fe...each-explorer/
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Re: SPOT GPS

Anyone know how good the GPS is on the InReach Explorer? I need a GPS and was thinking about the satellite communication, so might as well get them together if the GPS is good for on road and back country.
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