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.
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)
This item contains hazardous or flammable materials and is restricted to surface shipping only. Online orders for shipment to Alaska must be picked up at the Anchorage REI store (follow options for Free Shipping to REI Store when ordering); shipment to any other Alaska address is not offered. Sorry, this product cannot be shipped to Hawaii, APO, FPO or international addresses.
SPOT II Satellite GPS Messengeris rated3.1333out of5by15.
Rated3out of5byKSquared2013fromEh...I love the idea behind this thing. It really is a good idea however it be sure that when you buy it you realize your gonna have to pay an extra 100 for the yearly subscription. And that with the most basic subscription you don't get all of the features that are available. Also realize that if you are going somewhere even a little bit wooded you are going to have a heck of a time getting it to send a signal. I was forced to take this thing on a section of the AT and it was really just more hassle and useless pack weight than it was worth.
Date published: 2013-06-26
Rated5out of5byFrankfromJust 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
Rated4out of5byJLSC2000fromHas its' limitsAs long as you understand the operating parameters, this is a good device. On a one week trek through the 100 mile wilderness, it was hit-or-miss through the "green tunnel" while on the move. You need a clear shot of the southern sky and it needs time to send a message. It is easy to use and battery life in normal mode is good with the lithium batteries. Tracking mode goes through batteries fairly quickly. Nice to send status messages to friends, family members while out on solo hikes. For serious excursions, would invest in an ELB.
Date published: 2013-06-01
Rated4out of5byCentipedefromWorked great right out of the boxI've had the SPOT out a few times to play and it worked great right from the start. I plan on using it in a 340 kayak race so my crew and family can track my progress and find me. So far in all the test including full underwater, forgot it was on my pfd when I was working on rolls in the pool it has passed.
Date published: 2013-04-10
Rated2out of5byNorth45fromGreat Idea But Breaking Up is Hard to DoI do a lot of solo backpacking and I wanted a device that could be used in an emergency situation to get help as well as give my wife peace of mind while I was out of cell phone contact.
The device is simple to use and can be configured to send a pre-formatted text message that you have arrived at a checkpoint with the push of a button. The device can also upload your GPS coordinates/position to allow others to track your progress and, of course, it can be used to summon emergency help.
I used this device on roughly 2 dozen solo trips over an 18 month period in northern Michigan and Colorado. Without fail, it performed flawlessly. Battery life is good. Signal was good. It felt like a nice blanket on a cold night. Things were great until I went to cancel the service.
While I found the device to be useful, it was nearly impossible to cancel the subscription service. The company (at the time and perhaps currently) requires an annual subscription that is automatically set to auto-renew on a yearly basis. In order to cancel the subscription, SPOT requires a mile of red tape and seemingly impossible tasks to accomplish in a timely manner. In short, you can't just cancel. The customer service department is not at all helpful and after several calls trying to cancel without luck, I finally canceled the credit card associated with the subscription so it would not auto-renew.
If the company would allow a monthly subscription or a better way to cancel the service then my rating would be higher. As it stands now, SPOT is like a bad marriage.
Date published: 2013-03-12
Rated1out of5byMak2fromCompletely unreliableDon't trust your life to this product. Usually unable to connect to satellite even on clear level terrain. Activation fee not even partially refundable after 45 days. This could cost you more than money.
Date published: 2013-03-03
Rated3out of5byRekindled HikerfromHere is the word...I like it.
If you want just an S.O.S., go with the Resquelink etc. I backpack with Scouts. The Scouts Mom's love getting camp location at night as does my wife when I am packing alone.
If your a big boy, read the fine print, understand this comes with yearly fees and must notify them to terminate months before renewal. I read it, understood it and got the full deal.
When sending, do not rush the unit. If sending location, set it down and let it do it's thing. It worked every time for me when I STOPPED and had Southern exposure. Moving it was more hit and miss (track) mode. So it isn't perfect..
If you want just an SOS this is not the unit you want as I believe there are better quality units for just that purpose. (no fee for just S.O.S operation)
The canned (pre-made messages) are fine for me right now. To send messages I will wait for the units to get smarter as it appears to cumbersome to tie to smart phone etc... To toss this unit in a bag and hike with... sure.
In 4 years this unit will be obsolete. Smarter, faster, easier devices are coming with two-way messaging. For now, if you want hands on communication look at renting a satellite phone or go to more costly one piece units.
This little unit worked great for me as I grasp that we are dealing with multiple communications systems, inter linked to send a message from varying geographic conditions... give the little guy a chance to do it's thing. I spent 2 weeks in the back country and it worked great.
Never pushed the sos, and have confidence it will work and hope I never have to.
Date published: 2013-02-11
Rated5out of5byPGPILOTfromSPOT has kept me safe for years!I originally owned the original SPOT, and now own the SPOT II. I upgraded purely due to the size, weight, and the addition of the custom message button on the SPOT II. I do not understand all the negative comments this device gets, as I have had nothing but positive experiences with my device, and the SPOT service over the past five years or so.
The original SPOT I took a tiny bit of memorization, or notes scribbled in sharpie on the device itself, to remember what long and short presses did with each button. This was eliminated with the addition of buttons on the SPOT II - very easy to use.
Maybe I'm just lucky, but I haven't had any connectivity issues with either the SPOT I or the SPOT II. every ok message I've ever sent weather it be in an open field, or in a forest of trees has gone through. My original SPOT I allowed my friends and family to track me along the highline trail in the high Uinta's of Utah for 10 days from under forest pines as well as high ridges. I even lost my SPOT once in the woods! Got home, got the coordinates it was broadcasting (it was in tracking mode), and found it within 9 feet of the coordinates it was broadcasting under a tree!
As a paraglider pilot I depend on this device to send ok and help messages to my fellow pilots when I land in remote areas and need a ride, or to just tell my fellow pilots and family I'm ok after a day of flying. Again - every one of my sent messages have been received.
On SPOT service:
The only time I've had to contact customer service was a positive experience. I was flying one day with a group of pilots, and one of the pilots in our group didn't check in, or land in the area we planned to meet. We got excessively worried about him, but since he had not included us in his SPOT message list, or given us his SPOT URL we had no way of looking to see if he was ok, or was having an emergency. We called SPOT customer service, and with nothing other than his name they were able to tell us that NO, he had not activated "help" or "SOS", and that YES his spot device was still moving. To there credit they would NOT tell us where he was since they had no idea who we were. That's good customer service in my opinion.
Date published: 2013-01-25
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