|Topic Review (Newest First)|
|03-12-2012 11:30 AM|
Originally Posted by Cabrito View Post
+1 tracking is essential for my appllication...
Before I bought a Spot I would sit down with my wife and go over my back country travel route with her. I would be compelled to stay on that route even if I saw something interesting.
Now with tracks being sent out I'm off the leash! Also most of the areas away from the main highways here don't have cell coverage so the Spot is my only comm. in the event.
|03-12-2012 07:06 AM|
Originally Posted by Cabrito View Post
|03-11-2012 11:15 PM|
You can check out my last shared map at
The password is kim
Now I was driving back home from working up north all week.
|03-11-2012 08:34 PM|
My Spot 2 has been working flawlessly for the past year. My check in Ok has not missed once. The tracking feature is nice and has helped others connect with me mid-ride.
It's nice to know it's there just in case.
Edit: That is a great price by the way.
|03-11-2012 08:23 PM|
Great report Tom! Thanks for sharing. I'm not so skeptical about them now that I know how to run them through their paces BEFORE going on an adventure. Just ordered one!
|03-11-2012 08:06 PM|
These are excerpts from reviews I did on the Spot 2. Worth your time to go here and read all the reviews: http://www.rei.com/product/784892/sp...-header-784892
In short, beware of early failures; they're common. Buy it from a place that won't hassle you on a defective unit return.
Understand it is good as a tracking device so folks know where you are. My opinion - I would never rely on it as an emergency extraction device in life/death scenarios. If that's what you need, look for something else.
"I had a Spot 1 which I liked very much, even though it was as easy to use as solving a Rubic's cube. Unfortunately, it flew off my motorcycle somewhere on Henness Pass, and it was in the "Send an OK Message" mode, so I never was able to find it.
I replaced it with a Spot 2 which worked perfectly on two test rides.
I stopped in Grapevine and sent an OK message. That was the last time it worked.
REI was very accommodating (naturally) about swapping it out for a new one. Kudos! That one seems to be working fine.
I do appreciate the newer Spot's functionality; it really is easier to use than the old one. Being able to send a message simply by pressing the button and then have it go back into track mode when the message cycle is complete is great.
The covers over the emergency buttons are a good enhancement; I had glued a cover over the 911 button on my Spot 1.
Somebody said it before, and it bears repeating, though. This is a simplex device. When the message light goes green it means that the device saw a satellite and transmitted the message to it and that the message cycle is complete. It doesn't mean the message was received by the satellite and sent on....
After getting my second Spot 2 (replacing a defective one) I decided to do a 'burn in'. I strongly recommend that anyone who gets one of these test it thoroughly before using.
What I did was start it up in tracking mode and kept it there until the batteries died.
Over the course of 7 days it successfully transmitted 804 tracking/check-in messages. I found very few instances where it failed to deliver a tracking message at the 10 minute interval, and I did not see any instance of a failed check-in message. Most messages were delivered within 5 minutes.
During the 7 day test I took the Spot 2 everywhere I went. When I was not going somewhere it was either in my motorcycle's tail box or parked on the table in the yard. Admittedly, all of this was in an urban environment with clear view of the sky; probably the most optimal environment.
As an off shoot of this test I was able to get a pretty good idea of battery life.
The Spot 2 operated for 204 continuous hours in tracking mode, delivering a total of 804 messages.
It entered low battery mode (blinking red) roughly 24 hours prior to shutting down. There were about three instances where I missed getting it back into tracking mode by an hour or so (it stays in tracking mode for 24 hours, then stops). That contributes to the average message interval of 15 minutes rather than 10.
What this battery life means to me is that I should be able to use the thing for over three weeks, based upon tracking for 8 hours a day and sending OK messages every 4 hours. I consider that pretty good.
Obviously, using the Spot under less favorable conditions (heavy cover) may result in less battery life.
Having burned the thing in for a week, I'm fairly confident that I've got a good unit. It cost me 10 bucks for a new set of batteries, but the peace of mind is worth it.
|03-11-2012 07:36 PM|
|sardog1||Great idea but the reviews don't look so good. Does anyone here have personal experience with the Spot 2's that could give their opinion?|
|03-11-2012 05:27 PM|
If you ever need it, $500 would be worth it.
I ride in the rocky mountains....and a simple broken leg 2 miles off the highway. Could make for a very bad and cold night.
|03-11-2012 10:46 AM|
Sale on Spot Trackers
I've been kicking around a Spot Tracker for a couple years and while I find the $80 for the service too high, I'm doing a few trips this year through bad cell phone service areas where it could save my life or help if I run upon an accident.
No, I don't have anything to do with Best Buy or Spot, but just passing on a cheap locator price if someone were needing one.. $50 is a pretty cheap Peace of Mind for loved ones at home and for the folks you might be riding with.