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Looking for recommendations for GPS locator

Thread in 'Gear Reviews' started by Bryan, Mar 12, 2020.

  1. Bryan

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    I am doing more solo hiking and paddling. I would like to have a GPS locator that can be monitored with and APP. Dose anyone use one they like?

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    Are you referring to a locator someone else can monitor to see where you are?
     
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    Yes and the ability to send SOS
     
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    I am familiar with the locator beacons, They are for emergency use only and send a sos to an orbiting satellite and include your gps location. You pay for the rescue effort (can be thousands of dollars before your helicopter ride).

    Those locators (ACR brand is what I am familiar with) are not real expensive, it is using it that will cost you.

    To get personal tracking data available will require a subscription service as well as a cell signal (not real available on deep woods treks) or a sat phone based transmitter (real expensive to buy and use).

    I sold similar equipment at one time and dropped the line as none of my customers wanted to pay what it costs to have that level of connectivity for their hobby..

    The one way beacons are the best buy from an insurance standpoint, and they work the world over, they can save your life.

    The types that can be contacted by a 3rd party for following I know very little about, other than they exist in cell based and sat based versions.
     
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    If you hike where there is cell service, your phone can do what you want.
     
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    I was looking at that one but the Amazon reviews were not that good. 57 1 star ratings and the 4&5 star ratings were 57 combined. It is still in the running and it's biggest plus is replaceable batteries.
     
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    The SpotX or the Garmin inReach looks like the choice I have to make.
     
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