SPOT II Satellite GPS Messenger

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  • The SPOT II Satellite GPS Messenger offers improved GPS acquisition and a 30% smaller and lighter design to send your location, status, messages and calls for help
  • New features and enhancements include faster and stronger GPS function, GPS acquisition light, sent message light and safety flaps over SOS and Help buttons
  • New design also sports an extra message button, separate tracking button, tracking message queue, replaceable button covers and illuminated buttons
  • An affordable alternative to PLBs, satellite phones and cell-based GPS trackers, SPOT II provides virtually full coverage in North America, Europe and Australia
  • Also covers portions of South America, northern Africa and northeastern Asia, along with thousands of miles of offshore areas
  • "SOS" function dispatches emergency responders to your exact location
  • Use "Help" feature to request assistance from friends or family
  • "Check-in/OK" allows you to transmit your location and that you are okay
  • Track your progress by sending and saving points along your route to Google Maps™
  • GPS satellites determine location; commercial SPOT satellites transmit information
  • Rugged unit works in extreme temperatures (-22° to 140°F) and altitudes (-328 ft. to 21,325 ft.) and can be submerged 1m for up to 30 minutes
  • SPOT II Satellite GPS Messenger is light, small and easy to carry
  • Optional features include Track Progress automatic tracking service and guaranteed extraction assistance in countries lacking emergency services
  • 3 AAA lithium batteries (included) provide up to 3 months of standby power, 7 days in Track Progress mode and 6 days in SOS mode, or 700 Check-in/OK messages
  • Requires $99 annual subscription; $12.95 for optional extraction assistance in countries without emergency services (available at www.findmespot.com)

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SPOT II Satellite GPS Messenger

Specification Description
Best use Backpacking
Activation Manual
Water-resistant depth 1 meter
Waterproof Yes
Batteries 3 AAA lithium
Dimensions 3.7 x 2.6 x 1 inches
Weight 5.2 ounces

SPOT II Satellite GPS Messenger

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Rated 5out of5
by fromJust What I Wanted! I use this product when I am on solo hikes. When I am prospecting solo or in the bush getting wood etc. I will use it for berrypicking later in the year. It is exactly what I wanted; it provides peace of mind for my loved ones.
Date published: 2013-06-20
Rated 5out of5
by fromdont hike with out one i have had two spots now. The new design is so much more lighter and compact. Yes the service does cost about what the spot does. Now here are some of the things you can do with it. It will perform well in the field where cell phones are not going to. You can send preformed text messages for the ok and help buttons. Spot offers an additional policy for rescue that covers 100k in rescue funds through a carrier for a very small fee. I like it because i can send a message to either a computer mail or phone text to the person who is to pick me up at the end of the trail. I can send the ok message to several people at once. You do need to have some open sky for spot to work really well. I have had one situation where i was in a narrow gorge where the signal did not get out until the next day. The spot will flash green on two buttons till it sends the message the go back to flashing one. Battery life if you only turn it on when you need it will last months and months. If you do the tracking function you will still get extremely long life on the batteries. The leather case with the carbiner is not good to hang on the outside of a pack if you are going through rough country. I did loose my spot in a wilderness area [...]. It is nice to know if you fall and bust a leg or get cut bad so that you need a rescue you can signal for it right where you are. After speaking with SAR folks they highly recommend that you have an emergency requires extraction if you declare a 911. Costs for rescues can be expensive and you may be charged for it. For the solo hiker or adventurer it would be a must to have in the field. Its a great way to keep family informed of your progress as all ok messages come with longs and lats on where you sent the message from. I don't plug this product lightly either. Considering the subscription costs and peace of mind my family has when i can tell them all is well was worth not having to worry about my condition. I am glad REI carrys this item.
Date published: 2010-11-12
Rated 5out of5
by fromWorks Great! + Used SPOT-II backpacking from Mexico border north 50-miles along the Continental Divide Trail. Route is marked through rough terrian, but there is no actual trail, no cell phone service, no water, no residents and area is inhabitiated by smugglers backpacking drugs into the USA. Wife was concerned about Fat Old Man being out there alone. Sent multiple messages a day and all were delivered to wife and daughter within minutes with my lat-lon and one of the three selected messages (the three do not include the SOS call).[...]+ As expected, SPOT does not find satelites when you are underground, in deep forest, etc. But, that is expected with any satelite communication device, so I do not find that a reason to downgrade the rating.
Date published: 2010-04-01
Rated 5out of5
by fromPerforms as advertised Fortunately, I have not had to use it for a rescue but it works as advertised for recording tracks. It works in near real time and doesn't require cell phone service. It is small and very light. Can't really ask for more. I've tested it in Australia and the US with no problems. I do a lot of solo hiking and snow shoeing. The Spot II is essential for someone like me. Recommended without hesitation.
Date published: 2010-04-02
Rated 5out of5
by fromIt just works I've used this for a couple of weeks in Australia. Seems to track trails under tree cover OK. I know of 2 Australians who were medivac'ed out of Tasmania using this device. I really don't know what the complaints are about. Works for me.
Date published: 2010-04-07
Rated 5out of5
by fromPretty Much Flawless I just returned from a vacation to Mexico and took Spot II satellite messenger along for the ride and of course to test it out. I never owned the previous one, so I can't comment on that. I visited Puerto Vallarta, Guanajuato and Guadalajara respectively. I used it in each city and sent messages to several people back here in California. I even logged on to the website while in Mexico and updated the custom messages. All messages were received. The only problem I had is when I used my Spot II from our balcony at our hotel in Puerto Vallarta. I knew I may encounter problems, as I did not have a clear view of the sky or at least a relatively clear view to the sky above. The Vallarta message put our location about 200-300 yards away and out into the ocean from our hotel location. This was the only problem I encountered. I have to say, not a bad one either. All other messages were received and all GPS locations were spot (no pun intended) on, or at least within a few feet from their transmission site. Yes, I did have to return my Spot II for a replacement when I first purchased it and it made me a little more than angry, but once I got the new one back and activated it, I was impressed. I am sure that the other PLBs are great, but having the ability to send messages other than I may be dying, is just great for loved ones. I would always recommend the Spot II to everyone. Just test it out, time and time again, so you know how to use it and the website. I have had no issues with the website at all. Sure the website could be better, but so could many others. Your life should not ever depend on any one single device, but I think Spot will do its job if needed. And yes, I do spend time out in the wilderness, often miles from civilization, while I wear my other REI purchases of course! Have fun and be safe.
Date published: 2010-04-10
Rated 5out of5
by fromGreat Device! Got this for my wife, who is part of two Search & Rescue teams and is frequently in areas without cell phone coverage. It has worked beautifully, allowing her to send a quick "arrived safely" message as well as subsequent "I'm OK" messages during an extended search operation. A great bit of insurance and assurance!
Date published: 2010-04-21
Rated 5out of5
by fromSPOT 2 Works As Advertised SPOT 2 works as advertised. I do weekly hiking in hilly and mountainous terrain and my SPOT has proven to be reliable. I have experience with SPOT 1 and SPOT 2 (pre and post recall) and feel better knowing that I can let someone know where I am and can summon help if necessary.
Date published: 2010-04-25

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