quote:Originally posted by Good News Bear
quote:Originally posted by Rachelo
They carried PLBs within the last year. Have they definitely stopped selling them?
There are plenty of people on here who found the SPOT to work for their needs, even over a PLB. What do you think is said by carrying a SPOT over a PLB? I don't see clearly.
Everyone has there own opinions on this, and for me it comes down to the fact that I just can't see the SPOT as anything other than a gimmicky toy. IMO, devices that aren't dedicated lifesaving (or in general) tools usually have serious drawbacks, and SPOT is no exception.
I'm a bit curious about this comment though: "There are plenty of people on here who found the SPOT to work for their needs, even over a PLB"
. Was there a specific example on here of the SPOT working and a PLB not working when SAR was needed? I'd love to know the specifics.
Why do you think that the SPOT is a gimmicky toy? As in, it has no value, or as in all the additional features are just gimmicky?
Sometimes a unitasker is best. sometimes getting an item that multitasks means giving up some features. sometimes it doesn't. There are a lot of things that can add features without losing anything but being heavier.
The SPOT has worked just fine for plenty of people to call SAR. Certainly not any better, but both seem to do a pretty reliable job of calling SAR when needed.
The reason some people find the SPOT better for their needs is that their needs are something more than just calling SAR. Both will do that just fine, though if you have particular atypical environmental needs, you might have to look more closely.
But for a lot of people, it's more than just a distress beacon. Plenty of people buy the SPOT because in addition to calling in SAR, they can press an okay button, and reassure their wife*. Some people who go solo buy the tracking package, so their wives can check in and follow their progress - and get concerned if they fail to move for a long time, even if they haven't pushed the button themselves (in case there's a reason they can't). I've heard someone say they use the customizable messages to say "going to be late, but all is fine", or "we've called in SAR, but it's not me" or something like that.
Sure, that may not be in everyone's needs, but there are a number of people who have chosen the ability to call SAR plus additional functions of the SPOT rather than the simple callout of the PLB.
*obviously other people have other friends/family members looking for their progress, but wife is the one I most often see listed as the concerned person at home, so it's the example I've used.