SPOT HELP - Regional Map

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by s1marks, Aug 25, 2011.

  1. Phoenix101

    Phoenix101 Long timer

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    what is the SPOT coverage issue in the future?
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  2. TanukiPDX

    TanukiPDX Been here awhile

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    So i was wanting something for quick street reference, emergency communication, and a way for the mrs to keep track of me. I like the Garmin because it has the gps maps etc, but I didnt realize how expensive they are! I am looking at $450 for the device, and another $150 for the two maps (Mexico and South America). Even at that price, the map coverage is missing like 5 of the 12 countries I plan to cross. Maybe I will just load up the old google maps on my iphone and run a spot 3 for emergency and tracking.
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  3. sprocket3

    sprocket3 Long timer

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    I would not use a Garmin/Spot rescue device as my primary NAV GPS. Get a dedicated unit or cell phone system. Keep your emergency device zipped into a pocket on your body and not in some plastic holder on the bars.
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  4. Phoenix101

    Phoenix101 Long timer

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    Yeah crash and burn and get hurt in the middle of no where and it may be a challenge to find that SPOT that was mounted on a RAM mount on what was your handlebars...
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  5. Rapturee2

    Rapturee2 Una Stamus/Thin Blue Line

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    Although dormant for a while now, Great thread! Has there been any updates to the Spot/Garmin coverages since!? I am just now looking into getting something and am leaning towards the Garmin. Have used a few of them for hunting/hiking over the years, but now i'm planning on doing a lot of riding and would like to have the peace of mind that i can keep in touch with my wife/family and she can have the peace of mind she needs and see where i'm at! So far, Garmin Explorer+ seems to be $ well spent. :{)
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  6. Mr Dual Sport

    Mr Dual Sport Roaming Rambler

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    Bought an inreach a little over a year ago and still very happy I made the switch. No regrets.
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  7. ObiJohn

    ObiJohn Screaming Banshee

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    I guess SPOT has upped their game. The new SPOT X has the same features as the inReach including 2-way texting, but is MUCH cheaper ($200/yr versus $300/yr). It also gives you a unique US phone # so anyone with a mobile phone can text you, and vice versa. The one thing you don't get is the monthly option (it's always a year with SPOT, either month-by-month or in one discounted chunk).

    See https://www.findmespot.com/en/index.php?cid=666

    Note: I have no relationship with SPOT except as a SPOT II owner.
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