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Spot Gen3 tracker

Benchmark satellite GPS messenger

the SPOT Gen3 provides location-based messaging and emergency notification tech that allows you to communicate from remote locations around the globe adding to your safety.

With a mobile phone in your pocket or pack, switched on or off, there is always a feeling that you’re never far from civilisation. In most cases a switched off phone and an hour or two of charging hard on the trails is a winning combination. But what happens when things go wrong? If you’re out alone, on hard to find trails, local or otherwise, you can get yourself into a spot of bother pretty quickly if you stack the bike at speed. Protective gear will help, but if you’re unable to ride, walk or even get up off the ground then the situation can get serious very quickly.

How about a GPS driven tracker that will help you out when all goes wrong?

The Spot Gen 3 is a satellite personal tracker that will follow your movements and let nominated family or friends know your location and allows you to alert either them or local emergency services when all goes wrong.

You will need to buy a service plan (and choose the level of communication you need) once you’ve purchased the tracker and then log on to the findmespot.com site to activate your account. This allows you to customise the contacts and messages that your Gen3 tracker will use and can be changed or updated as and when required.

SPOT Gen3’s customized tracking features takes tracking to new level.The tracking is motion-activated regardless of the subscription package you choose (Basic, Unlimited or Extreme). A vibration sensor tells your SPOT to send track updates when you are moving and to stop when you do and increases battery life.

TRACKING OPTIONS

Unlimited Tracking Set it and forget it. Pre-set your SPOT Gen3 to send tracks at the speed of your adventures. Change your tracks to send every 5, 10, 30, or 60 minutes. SPOT Gen3 will send tracks at your chosen rate for as long as your device is turned on and moving (no need to re-set after 24 hours). Tracking doesn’t stop until you do.

Extreme Tracking Get all of the great features of Unlimited Tracking, but with the added ability to vary your track rate down to every 2 ½ minutes, giving greater detail.

What features does the Spot Gen3 offer that you might need when out on the trail? Here’s the functions and what they do:

S.O.S.

With the push of a button, GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Center provides your GPS coordinates and information to local response teams – This S.O.S. button is for emergencies only.

CHECK IN

Let family and friends know you’re ok when you’re out of cell phone range. Send a pre-programmed text message with GPS coordinates or an email with a link to Google Maps™ to your contacts with your location. With a push of a button, a message is sent via email or SMS to up to 10 pre-determined contacts and your waypoint is stored in your SPOT account for later reference. Your stored waypoints can be easily integrated into a SPOT Shared Page or SPOT Adventure account.

HELP/SPOT ASSIST

Alert your personal contacts that you need help in non-life-threatening situations. Or, use SPOT Assist for professional services on land with an additional service package.

CUSTOM MESSAGE

Stay in touch while off the grid by sending your custom message. Set up a message before leaving to send to contacts with your GPS location. Use this feature as a secondary OK message or transfer your personal help alert to this message function if you are using a SPOT Assist service on your Help button.

TRACKING

Allow friends and family to follow your progress online in near real-time and save waypoints so you can review your entire route at a later date.

What do we think?

It’s a hard product to test without getting into trouble and it’s easy to think you’ll never need one. If you’re more adventurous with your riding locations and don’t hold back in testing terrain even when riding alone, then this tracker is certainly worth considering. The price however, once you factor in a service contract and the purchase price may well mean this is a realistic option only for either serious back country exploration or regular mountainbike guides.

PRICE: €179 /£129.95

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