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Rock 2.0
05-31-2012, 11:27 PM
Any of you guys use this, like it, dislike it? My pops isn't too comfortable to say the least with me out hunting solo, I thought this might ease his mind, but I don't want to shell out some dough if the thing isn't effective?

T43
06-03-2012, 09:13 AM
I have the SPOT2 and have yet to have a message that failed. Read the instructions and give it time to send the message.

Rock 2.0
06-03-2012, 10:23 AM
Sounds good. Thanks T43

Muleys 24/7
06-03-2012, 04:38 PM
When I start doing deep back country hunts I'll prob. be getting one of these to keep the wife happy.

Bitterroot Bulls
06-03-2012, 05:37 PM
I have a SPOT2. I like it. My wife likes it. It's good.

jenbickel
06-04-2012, 09:16 AM
I have a spot connect and it works awesome.

*******
06-04-2012, 10:15 AM
I've used the SPOT system from Alaska through the western US states and the whole west half of Canada. The messages take a few minutes to send, but they always work if you give it a chance. Don't expect the messages to go in seconds. Remember, IT IS GOING TO SPACE, AND BACK! I tell everyone I know to buy one and use it often. If for no other reason than it makes your family feel better, and at least the body recovery team will have a shorter search.

Umpqua Hunter
06-04-2012, 04:26 PM
They work great. I used it to ease my wife's mind on a solo backpack sheep hunt into Wyoming grizzly country. I also called her on a sat phone each night to let her know I was in camp.

300Weatherby
06-05-2012, 11:17 AM
how does the messages work with spot? can you send differnt things to differnt people. could you send a message saying you shot a animal and need help packing it out

T43
06-05-2012, 12:26 PM
With the Spot 2 you have to set up the message and contacts with a computer. I have mine set to send an ok message to family, a got a big one need volunteers to friends and family and a help message to friends family and some local backcountry rescue guys I know. It will do all of that and the emergency S.O.S. and tracking to a google map that my kid likes to look at to see where I am. Well worth the money IMO. I also use it to track my wife and kids when they travel without me through areas without cell signal.

Roger L
06-12-2012, 08:05 AM
Hi,
I am looking for a similar device. I read the reviews on the Cabela's website for the Spot 2 and they were not all that impressive. I will be looking for alternatives.

Bitterroot Bulls
06-12-2012, 08:52 AM
Hi,
I am looking for a similar device. I read the reviews on the Cabela's website for the Spot 2 and they were not all that impressive. I will be looking for alternatives.

Roger,

I just looked at the reviews on the Cabelas website. I think you should know a couple of things. SPOT recalled the original SPOT 2 in fall 2010. They released it again, and it has been extremely reliable. The negative reviews of the SPOT on the site were all from 2010. Take a look at the 2011 reviews before writing off the SPOT 2. Particularly the most recent.

Look at what people are saying on this thread, too. This is a good product that adds message functionality to a safety/PLB type function.

You could also look into PLBs, as they are less expensive over the long run and very reliable. There is no message funtion though.

Satellite phones are great, but expensive.

nvbrushhunter
06-19-2012, 06:59 PM
Having used a spot since the first one came out and working in Law Enforcement and SAR and responding to SPOT calls, I can say they work great, but they are not flawless. What I will say is they are the best option when it comes to saying "I'm OK and this is where I am" which you can't do with a PLB. Sat Phones are expensive and aren't always dependable. The best option is the new spot connect if you have a smart phone with the ability to send text messages and post to facebook. The other option I have seen but no experience with is a similar device from delorme which is a two way satelite messenger.

Shaun
07-12-2012, 10:36 AM
BB is there a serial number or something that shows when the Spot 2 was made I just picked one up off ebay and want to make sure it was not one of the ones involved in the recall
Roger,

I just looked at the reviews on the Cabelas website. I think you should know a couple of things. SPOT recalled the original SPOT 2 in fall 2010. They released it again, and it has been extremely reliable. The negative reviews of the SPOT on the site were all from 2010. Take a look at the 2011 reviews before writing off the SPOT 2. Particularly the most recent.

Look at what people are saying on this thread, too. This is a good product that adds message functionality to a safety/PLB type function.

You could also look into PLBs, as they are less expensive over the long run and very reliable. There is no message funtion though.

Satellite phones are great, but expensive.

Bitterroot Bulls
07-12-2012, 12:39 PM
BB is there a serial number or something that shows when the Spot 2 was made I just picked one up off ebay and want to make sure it was not one of the ones involved in the recall

I would call this number:

SPOT Customer Care:

1(866)651-7768

Hopefully they can help you out.