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Old 05-03-2016, 07:15 AM   #5
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Porter Corners, NY
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Originally Posted by JohnnyMac View Post
I've read gen3 has better battery life but reception hasn't improved much.

Another tracking device that I am considering now is the Delorme InReach Explorer. More $$$ but you can send/receive emails & messages from the trail.
Guess it just depends on what you are looking for. If you want to keep in touch with the SO, then the inReach is pretty cool, but as you said, expensive. I ended up with the SPOT primarily because it was initially pretty cheap. I think they were even giving them away for free for a while. Both the Spot and InReach are pretty low power though, from what I've read. If you are only worried about getting rescued because you have a bone sticking out of your skin or something, go with one of the ACR PLBs. They have a LOT more transmitting power.
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