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Old 10-09-2012, 01:36 PM   #1
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Is the spot messenger worth it?

Looking at buying a Spot gps messenger. Are the bugs worked out of it now? I heard the first model wasn't received well.
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Old 10-09-2012, 01:41 PM   #2
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Old 10-09-2012, 01:41 PM   #3
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I have the first model. Still works flawlessly for me.
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Old 10-09-2012, 01:45 PM   #4
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Old 10-09-2012, 01:56 PM   #5
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Looking at buying a Spot gps messenger. Are the bugs worked out of it now? I heard the first model wasn't received well.
Well, what do you want to get out of it?

The Spot II seems to be pretty solid now. Nothing is perfect, I did have to send mine back after 9 months because it started turning itself off. Seemed to be vibration induced, but same mounting as always had been. Spot replaced it at no charge and indicated that they had made changes to the battery terminal area in how they are secured. No problems since then.

The Spot II uses AAA batteries, (8X Lithium only), and the Spot I used AAs. The Spot II pings more times and batteries only last about 10 full days in tracking mode. On longer trips I always carry an extra set or two. Naturally, they sell the batteries in 4-packs and the Spot uses 3.

The Spot II has safety covers over the 'help' and 'sos' buttons to avoid accidental use. A good thing, but make sure you understand how to use the unit before heading out.

Spotwalla is a huge improvement over Spot's own site in using the tracking and just sharing trips with others. Free site too!

I use my Spot to keep my wife happy when I'm off on rides w/o her. Also to share trips with friends and family. They get a kick out of watching where I'm going in near real time. Makes the wife a lot happier if I don't have cell service, but can send a Spot ping saying I'm done for the day and am safe. (I have my custom button set for that message, Ok set for just a brief stop message).
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:06 PM   #6
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I have the original SPOT. It summoned rescue, fire, state park police and the sheriff when a fellow rider went down. We had no cell service. I have my info on SPOT setup to let the call center know I use it when I ride. The authorities got that info so they knew it was a motorcycle related call for help. Saw where we were based on GPS coordinates, (took them 45 minutes to get to us) had the helicopter standing by in case it was a serious injury enough to warrant putting it in the air. Luckily, the helio wasn't necessary. Transport in the ambulance was all.

There are many times when I camp out alone and have no cell service. I "check in" on those evenings. The message goes to friends and family. I like it because I let them know I'm ok for the evening and if a bear or a serial killer get me in the night, at least someone has a starting point to start looking for me.

So, yes, to me and to my fellow riders that I am able to help, it's worth it. I don't use it as my primary communicator, I don't use it linked to my cell phone so I can send one way texts either. I have simple needs and it works for me.
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Old 10-10-2012, 12:09 AM   #7
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Spot connect. Saved my ass September 18. Look in "Faceplant", a guy from BC broke his femur at the top of a mountain by himself. 5 hours to get rescued. Barely able to get cell coverage. He may still be there without the SPOT. Get a Connect.

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Old 10-13-2012, 09:03 PM   #8
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My spot 2 works flawlessly and spotwalla makes it cooler.

I'd buy it again in a second.
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Old 10-14-2012, 10:45 AM   #9
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Yes.

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Old 10-14-2012, 04:44 PM   #10
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