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Old 12-06-2013, 08:56 AM   #1
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The old conundrum

The old Spot/inReach conundrum. The "I don't want to fall on it, but how do I get to it when I'm lying 10 feet from my bike with a broken femur?" question.

Where do y'all carry yours?
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Old 12-06-2013, 01:28 PM   #2
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The old Spot/inReach conundrum. The "I don't want to fall on it, but how do I get to it when I'm lying 10 feet from my bike with a broken femur?" question.
When it's on your person, how do you do as the instructions say and give it a "full view of the sky"? The only place that it could go while riding is on the top of your helmet, otherwise 50% or more of the sky is blocked by your body, especially if the face (antenna) is pointing sideways. And if you're laying on top of it after a crash, how is it going to get the tracking signal out? And how do you check the lights to see it's on if it's in your pocket? Which is more likely in a crash, a broken femur or knocked out completely or otherwise unable to move at all, including unable to press the SOS button? For every reason to carry it on your person, there is an equally compelling reason not to.
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Old 12-06-2013, 02:12 PM   #3
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They need a remote pocket activator, like the "I've fallen and I can't get up" ad has a pendant that you wear around your neck or something. Or the "Clapper" clap off, clap on, the Clapper.
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Old 12-09-2013, 11:54 AM   #4
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I agree with all of those questions, and to your conclusion.

That's why I'm asking where you carry yours and how did you come to that decision?



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When it's on your person, how do you do as the instructions say and give it a "full view of the sky"? The only place that it could go while riding is on the top of your helmet, otherwise 50% or more of the sky is blocked by your body, especially if the face (antenna) is pointing sideways. And if you're laying on top of it after a crash, how is it going to get the tracking signal out? And how do you check the lights to see it's on if it's in your pocket? Which is more likely in a crash, a broken femur or knocked out completely or otherwise unable to move at all, including unable to press the SOS button? For every reason to carry it on your person, there is an equally compelling reason not to.
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Old 12-11-2013, 05:56 PM   #5
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Previous SPOT 1 and 2 and now first gen InReach go in tankbag.

The first gen InReach is a small cube and would cause significant blunt trauma if you landed on it.

SPOT always went in tank bag to give it best antenna signal and keep out of direct vision of the overly curious.I have a Powered RKA tankbag,so all electronics and the bag come off with one plug and a couple snap buckles.

SPOT 2 and 3 and newest InReach could go in jacket pocket,or for me in pocket of hydration pack.Their profiles are small enough to likely cause you minimal damage,if you landed on them.

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Old 12-12-2013, 09:18 AM   #6
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Previous SPOT 1 and 2 and now first gen InReach go in tankbag.

The first gen InReach is a small cube and would cause significant blunt trauma if you landed on it.

SPOT always went in tank bag to give it best antenna signal and keep out of direct vision of the overly curious.I have a Powered RKA tankbag,so all electronics and the bag come off with one plug and a couple snap buckles.

SPOT 2 and 3 and newest InReach could go in jacket pocket,or for me in pocket of hydration pack.Their profiles are small enough to likely cause you minimal damage,if you landed on them.

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Yeah I agree about the blunt trauma part. I've got the smartphone version of the inReach and it's pretty hefty.

The best compromise I can come up with is carrying my phone on my persons. It will still connect with the inReach on the bike if I'm away from the bike.

All of this is assuming that the iPhone survives a crash intact though.
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Old 02-27-2014, 12:25 PM   #7
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I run a Spot 2 and it stays in my jacket sleeve pocket on my R2P. Last Feb I low sided and broke my collar bone and needed help getting out. A fellow rider had a sat phone so he called buddies of mine and via the Spot where am I link they were able to track me down and retrieve me and the bike. I lowsided onto the side the Spot was on. I do not know how hard it hit, but it seems to be a robust unit. The spot worked until I turned it off when I was at home.
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Old 02-27-2014, 02:04 PM   #8
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I keep my inReach SE in my hip-pack. Only take it out to charge it and turn it on/off. I use my iPhone to send/read messages and start/change Tracking settings. I've traveled thousands of miles with it and never lost a tracking point or an incoming/outgoing message. It has very good antennas. Had several off bike excursions and it's always been with me. If you're unconscious makes no difference one way or the other except they might find you instead of your bike.
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