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« on: May 31, 2017, 10:52:02 pm »

I have used a Spot 1 for 8 years now and, while it works great, there can be issues when the road is closed in too much by hills. I understand that later models overcome this a bit although I realize that line of site is what matters.

Would any Spot 3 users like to chime in on your experiences. I'd be especially interested if you have had a Spot 1 and now user the Spot 3 and what differences you have noticed.
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« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2017, 03:02:12 pm »

I can't tell you about a SPOT 3, but I have an inReach SE.  You might want to consider one instead.

I don't know whether any of this has changed, but there were some advantages to the inReach SE that I saw:
  • Wider range of coverage.  The inReach uses a different satellite system that is global.
  • Two way communication.  You can receive texts as well as send them.  If you're arranging for a tow truck in the middle of a desert, it might be handy to know your call for help was received.
  • Too many reports on forums of how the SPOT wasn't reliable in sending out distress calls.
  • Cheaper in the long run.  inReach allows you to cut your service plan in the months (think winter) when you aren't riding.
  • Earthmate app.  This syncs up with your inReach and shows your route on topographical maps...and on a large smartphone screen.  We used it in hiking some trails in Idaho and could see the route we'd taken and what was ahead.


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« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2017, 12:06:26 am »


I can't tell you about a SPOT 3, but I have an inReach SE.  You might want to consider one instead.

I don't know whether any of this has changed, but there were some advantages to the inReach SE that I saw:
  • Wider range of coverage.  The inReach uses a different satellite system that is global.
  • Two way communication.  You can receive texts as well as send them.  If you're arranging for a tow truck in the middle of a desert, it might be handy to know your call for help was received.
  • Too many reports on forums of how the SPOT wasn't reliable in sending out distress calls.
  • Cheaper in the long run.  inReach allows you to cut your service plan in the months (think winter) when you aren't riding.
  • Earthmate app.  This syncs up with your inReach and shows your route on topographical maps...and on a large smartphone screen.  We used it in hiking some trails in Idaho and could see the route we'd taken and what was ahead.


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