Scaling New Heights
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: Lake Country, BC
Interest: Backpacking, hiking, Skiing, Mtn Biking, Windsurfing, Dirt Biking
I've had 3 different Spots: the original one, the Gen and also the Connect. I now have an InReach Explorer and I wanted to love it but it's definitely not perfect either unless you're ok with spending a load of money to use all the features.
My take on each of them is that pdomansky is correct, if you're only looking for a safety device in the (hopefully) unlikely event of an emergency than a Personal Locator Beacon is the best route. It's the "nifty" items that starts driving up the cost of the other devices especially for "somewhat" regular users (the weekend user). You can get 1 way texting with the Spot Connect whereas InReach offers more reliable 2 way texting, which was the reason I got mine. Tracking is crazy expensive on the InReach. I thought the other bonus with InReach is that I wouldn't need to carry my GPS anymore but, unless it's activated (not on account suspend), you can't use the unit to upload internal tracks to your online account so it's not all that useful as a stand alone GPS unit for people who track.
So, in short- there is no perfect unit out there still, you'd think that now that Garmin owns InReach there should be and I hope that will happen but, I think, for the cost of the unit you should certainly be able to have a working GPS Unit and a software program to upload to that isn't related to you being on a monthly plan.
Last edited by CEB; 06-23-2017 at 03:16 AM.