Locator Beacons

Brands

SPOT
ACR
DeLorme
Garmin
McMurdo
Pieps

Price

less than $100
$100 - $199.99
$200 - $299.99
$300 - $399.99
$400 - $499.99
$500 and above

Recent Locator Beacon Reviews

DeLorme InReach SE

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A phenomenal upgrade! Two-way text communication, SOS/ 24-hour search and rescue, tracking with ability to share GPS location, 100% global coverage. Facebook and Twitter updates. Released June 2013, a phenomenal upgrade! Features (Pros): 2-way text communication, SOS/ 24-hour search and rescue, tracking with ability to share GPS location, 100% global coverage. Facebook and Twitter updates. Maps, when integrated with smartphone. It allows tracking points and website location, which was great when… Full review

DeLorme InReach SE

rated 4 of 5 stars Updated: Field test was stunning success! (See below) Setup is easy. Signals are very good. Communication is now TWO-WAY! And the Bluetooth connection to your mobile device (with GPS) gives you the best of both worlds! Batteries are now rechargeable (USB or 115v.) and longer lasting (I know, I use to have a PN-60/Spot). I don't know how it could get any better! Now I feel comfortable going out alone. That is, my wife is more comfortable! UPDATE: Field test finally complete! See "***********  UPDATE"… Full review

SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger

rated 5 of 5 stars It's small and rugged and puts out a strong signal to a satellite. If you hike alone or with other people it provides a check in ok-help or SOS. It's best made for anyone who travels the backcountry, whether you are in a car or on your feet. I highly recommend this product. I'm in the woods a lot, it may be backpacking for 5 days, an overnighter, or just a day hike. I bought the Spot Messenger for two reasons. One is to let people know where I'm at and if something happens, minor accidents or a… Full review

DeLorme InReach SE

rated 4 of 5 stars Works great for texting and an emergency beacon, but the Delorme website is not very intuitive. It is well worth buying. I purchased the unit from REI as soon as it was listed on their website. It arrived and I set my account without much difficulty. I needed to call customer service but that was mostly due to the poor set up instructions and website. It works like a cell phone for texting . . . . sort of, but different. The device itself works great and I have used on one multi day trip without… Full review

SPOT Connect

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I carry on my ATV in some rugged Nevada mountains. Great having the unit handy for emergency. Also use to check in with contacts. Gives loved ones a secure feeling. I try not to put too much trust in electronics out in the wild, but this unit provides a lot of comfort and trust. Full review

SPOT Connect

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Spot can remove one's fear of being stranded in a no cellphone place. It can save your life! i have had my Spot for several years and it is still just perfect.  Johannesburg, Ca, has been my go-to place.  I live in Las Vegas, Nv.  To get to Johannesburg I have two choices.  I15 and then another hi-way.  there are many wrecks on I15 and the traffic is awful.  I choose my second choice which is to drive thru Death Valley. There is little cell phone service in Death Valley so if one has a problem… Full review

SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger

rated 5 of 5 stars Important lifeline to my wife and kids. Can't recommend it enough. Works absolutely flawlessly. I used it for Greenland Kayak Expedition 2013. Best of all is the great support I received after I lost my unit during some Greenland Rolling training ;-) My wife and kids especially loves the ability to track my progress while on adventures, and discuss the various places I'm visiting. Can't recommend it enough. Full review

SPOT Personal Tracker

rated 4.5 of 5 stars i have had this SPOT for a couple of years now and I must say it gives me and my wife peace of mind. The Personal Tracker uses two Lithium batteries, wich last for about a year or more. I always replace them at the same date when the annual service renews. I use this SPOT mainly for paragliding in the Eurpoean Alps where I often fly over remote areas without cellular coverage. In case of an emergency I could alarm the rescue team and sometimes I just press the OK button and it send out a prepared… Full review

SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger

rated 5 of 5 stars Great product and piece of mind. I have used my SPOT Messenger for years but thankfully never for an emergency. The vast majority of my time is spent on the Chesapeake Bay fishing and boating in open waters away from shore. The SPOT Messenger allows me to check-in with family back on shore or send a distress signal with my precise location.   I never boat without the SPOT Messenger and view this as a critical component for my boating needs.   Full review