It's common knowledge to not rely on your cell phone for help in the backcountry, lest you become a cautionary tale. But, what if you could use your smartphone even after you've lost a cell signal? SPOT Connect turns your smartphone into a satellite communicator.
Six community members who wrote gear reviews during the 20,000 Reviews Contest period won an assortment of prizes from Clif, Nikwax, Spot, and other companies.
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We take the DeLorme Earthmate PN-60w with SPOT Satellite Communicator out for a hike, and ponder the nature of communication in the backcountry.
Currently, there are two main locators available to the backcountry traveler: the ACR 406 series and various SPOT devices.
SPOT introduced its next generation SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger for fall 2009. At 5.2 ounces, the new SPOT is 30 percent smaller and lighter than the original SPOT and has additional custom messaging modes and a new enhanced satellite antenna.