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SPOT Gen3 Satellite GPS Messenger


    SPOT Gen3 Satellite GPS Messenger

    The SPOT Gen3 Satellite GPS Messenger keeps you connected and in touch during your far-flung adventures. Using satellite technology, SPOT maintains communication almost anywhere on the globe. See details

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    The SPOT Gen3 Satellite GPS Messenger keeps you connected and in touch during your far-flung adventures. Using satellite technology, SPOT maintains communication almost anywhere on the globe.

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    The SPOT Gen3 Satellite GPS Messenger keeps you connected and in touch during your far-flung adventures. Using satellite technology, SPOT maintains communication almost anywhere on the globe.

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    The SPOT Gen3 Satellite GPS Messenger keeps you connected and in touch during your far-flung adventures. Using satellite technology, SPOT maintains communication almost anywhere on the globe.

    • Free SPOT app lets you view messages, see track points and even keep an eye on SPOT Trace monitored assets on your smartphone or tablet
    • Check in with your professional and social networks, send custom text messages and let others track your real-time location via Google Maps
    • In an emergency, transmit an SOS with your exact location to GEOS Emergency Response Coordination Center to activate a rescue
    • Optional unlimited tracking lets you choose a capture rate that suits your needs: 5-, 10-, 30- or 60-min. increments; optional extreme tracking enables a 2.5-min. capture rate
    • With optional unlimited or extreme tracking, Motion Activated Tracking knows when you’re moving and when you stop; it stops sending tracking info until you start moving again
    • Weighing only 4 oz. with batteries, the compact SPOT Gen3 packs easily for traveling fast and light
    • Contoured shape with dual attachment points makes it easy to fasten the SPOT Gen3 Satellite GPS Messenger to your pack, bag, boat or vehicle
    • Power options include single-use AAA lithium batteries (included), rechargeable batteries (sold separately), or line-in power via the unit's USB port
    • Comes with 4 AAA lithium batteries, USB cord, carrying strap and carabiner clip

    $149.99 yearly subscription covers basic service and tracking. Add unlimited tracking for an additional $50 per year, or extreme tracking at 2.5 min. intervals for an additional $150 per year.


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    SPOT Gen3 Satellite GPS Messenger Specs
    Best use
    1 meter
    4 AAA lithium
    3.4 x 2.5 x 1 inches
    4 ounces
    Water-resistant depth

    SPOT Gen3 Satellite GPS Messenger

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    SPOT Gen3 Satellite GPS Messenger is rated 3.8696 out of 5 by 23.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Product I purchased this product for a week long backpack on the Pacific Crest Trail. I often hike alone or just with other women. I use it for checking in with my husband and other family members at the beginning and end of every hiking day. Once I learned how to use it, it worked great every time. The tracking application works great and my family could see where I was throughout the day, and had GPS Coordinates for every location it tracks us at. It tracks about every 30 minutes throughout your adventure, and leaves a nice bread crumb trail. It also has a send help application, and an emergency SOS for emergency aid. I have not had to use that, but feel better while out that it is there. Only one time on the PTC did the tracking not send locations, and that was in a deep walled canyon. Once out of the canyon, signal could send again. Battery life for tracking for about 5 days was fine. Great product for those of us who like to adventure outside in remote areas where there is not cell service. I do think you have to play with it before you do a big outing, do small hikes, bikes, or rides, and test it out first, so you can get familiar with it. That gives you time to call the help line and work out any bugs. I only had to call once, and they were really helpful. It gives a piece of mind for both adventurer and those at home. Worth the money.
    Date published: 2014-04-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works Great (from a skeptic) After reading the reviews for a couple of years in regards to the Gen1/Gen2 and Communicator, I wasn't inclined to buy any Spot product. But then the Gen3 came out and I decided to give it a go. I am so glad that I finally did. Set-up was easy. You head over to and click on Activate Device. It walks you through step by step. This is also where you set up your custom messages, device preferences, and emergency contact information. The device itself is very easy to use. After turning it on, you simply hold down the button you want for about 5 seconds, and the lights flash to tell you its working. A light on the top will confirms that the message was sent. I haven't taken it "Backcountry" yet, but on hikes and mountain bike rides it hasn't failed yet. I was in a valley area in Auburn, CA where there was zero cell reception and lots of trees, and although I didn't try sending a message, when I returned home it showed that it had kept my tracks. I send OK messages at the trailhead before/after the trip, and it hasn't taken more than 2 minutes to send the message. The service is a bit pricey. I stuck with the "Basic" plan, because I don't need to see my tracks every 2 minutes. That's a "fluff" feature, and I can think of a few times to maybe use it (it would be neat if a bunch of teams had them in an adventure race), but for my "use it in emergencies" and "to check in at the trailhead" use, Basic is more than enough. I don't use the web interface much. I return home and download the tracks to view in Google Earth, and even then it's just to see if it was working and how accurate it is. As far as accuracy is concerned, the marks are right on top of my Garmin 62s tracks. Having this gives my wife a peace of mind. She can see where i'm at if she wanted to, but she mostly just likes receiving the texts when i'm at the trailhead (at the start and end). I'm very happy with this purchase. The only thing i'm going to "modify" is a piece of velcro on the back and on my various packs. The instructions recommend having it on the top of the pack. It comes with a clip, but when mountain biking it swings around. Velcro is an easy fix. Hopefully I won't need it for the Emergency side of things, but so far it hasn't given me any reason not to trust it.
    Date published: 2014-04-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't leave home without it. Anytime you are without cell coverage this is a great device. I have been using it about 2 weeks and have found it dependable and useful. After that short time my wife and I will not leave the house for any outdoor activity without it. I did place a call to customer service with a question and immediately got a live person who was knowledgeable and friendly.
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 3rd Gen is the best. Performs well! I have been using Spot trackers since they first came out. With hundreds of miles of experience with these devices, I have to say this third generation model is the best. Easy to use, reliable, light weight, well designed, great reception, etc. If this item is in your pricepoint I highly recommend it.
    Date published: 2014-04-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Piece of mind for my family I use the SPOT Gen3 for hiking and backpacking during the winter months. Last winter I had an incident where my cell phone succumbed to the cold (was -5 deg F on the top of the mountain in the Catskills, NY). My wife was worried sick about me since she hadn't heard from me all day. Enter in the SPOT Gen3. As I was gearing up for the winter hiking/backpacking season, my wife was worried about me again and not having contact. I looked at a personal locator and the DeLorme model that's similar to the SPOT. PL was no good because it didn't tell my wife I was "OK". DeLorme subscription was too expensive. SPOT was just right. It tracks my position and sends it to a SPOT tracking page every 10 minutes so my wife can see where I'm at. It also allows me to send 2 custom pre-set messages to my wife (or anyone else) via email and/or text message. My wife understands when I send "I'm ok" that I have to physically press and hold the button and activate. One minor item is I have no idea if the satellite picked up either of the custom messages or not. So far, my wife has gotten every message I've sent her. I've had the unit in cold down to -5 deg F with no problem with the batteries or the unit shutting down. A little about me - I usually hike and backpack in the winter by friends are fair weather weenies who won't hike in the cold. If you buy the unit, I'd definitely recommend putting the unit on the top of your pack, with the antenna facing up. I've used it on the top of my pack (on a daisy chain) and on the back (another daisy chain). On the top, it didn't miss 1 tracking point or message. Hanging from the back, it was spotty...maybe 65% managed to get through. I'd definitely recommend this to someone who hikes alone, or a group who wants some piece of mind. It does have an "SOS" feature that calls in SAR. I can't comment on this as I have never (and hopefully NEVER) use it. But it's nice to know SAR is not far away.
    Date published: 2014-04-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from updated review: replacement works great october 02, 2013: upgrading original review below from one star to four stars. after long-term use, i may ultimately upgrade to 5 stars. i received a replacement unit last week and used it all day friday, saturday and sunday while riding motorcycle. before using, i immediately updated the firmware to version 1.9. i find this unsurprising, given the apparent bugs in the original unit. i called spot customer service to transfer annual subscription from the former faulty unit to new one. instead they cancelled the former service and refunded my two month old annual subscription and asked me to signup again. so, i felt grateful for that. this means that for the two months i didn't have unit, i recouped the cost of the subscription. again, customer service rep was friendly and courteous. in use, the replacement unit functioned flawlessly so far. when riding in woods far from civilization, i feel more at ease knowing that i can summon help and/or my friends can track me on the internet. i liked coming home after riding and reviewing my tracks on the internet. i used eneloop nimh rechargeable batteries and after using the tracks feature for probably 24 hours over three days, the battery life indicated "good" -the original state when i inserted fresh batteries. as backup, i carried the lithium ion batteries included with the unit. so, with the new firmware updates, i feel much more confident about the spot gen3's ability to rescue me from peril. i also feel much better about the company. it appears that they acknowledged the issues and worked to effectively resolve them. recommended.
    Date published: 2014-04-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Worked exactly as I had hoped. I had been considering the SPOT for some time but debated due to the negative reviews I kept reading. Recently I encountered someone in the backcounty who had one and swore by it. I knew the Gen3 was coming out so when it did I took the plunge with my REI dividend. I was getting ready to go out on a 10 day backpacking trip on the John Muir Trail and wanted to reassure my family that I was ok along the way and also to have "just in case". The SPOT Gen3 worked fantastic! Each morning I sent a "I'm OK" message to let people know we survived the night and each evening, once in camp, I sent another message letting the folks back home know we were in camp and all was ok. Every single one of my messages went through just fine. I followed the instructions exactly as spelled out. That is, placing the SPOT in an open area and leaving there, and turned on, for at least 20 minutes after you send your message. I always had GPS reception even in the forested areas. The only time I did not was if I placed my hand over the receiver. Then the indicator turned red. I also splurged and bought the tracking plan so the folks back home could follow us and so I could see our route once home. I attached the SPOT to the top of my pack so the receiver was facing the sky. I set the SPOT to track every 60 minutes while we were on the trail and once again every single track showed up on the map. I am very impressed with this product and highly recommend it. I think if you follow the directions as instructed it will work well. The batteries last a LONG time. I had the spot on for about 10 hours each day for the tracking and after 10 days they are still going strong. I am so glad I made this purchase. And, so are all the people at home who can now follow me on my trips!
    Date published: 2014-04-09
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Spot users manual needs help. Specifics concerning setup are not provided in the Sport online manual and I did not find the setup process intuitive. The differences in the setup and application of each function is somewhat confusing and sadly not addressed in the owners manual. That said, the unit appears easy to use once one masters the setup process.
    Date published: 2014-03-26

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