Mar 12, 2014 at 3:57 pm #1314341
Best Buy is selling the Spot 2 for $44.99 with free shipping.
Sportsmans Warehouse was selling it for $75 but offered me a price match.Apr 7, 2014 at 9:12 pm #2090818
Randy MartinBPL Member
Pretty good deal. Thanks for posting.Apr 11, 2014 at 10:18 am #2091930
Read this blog this morning. Not very encouraging.Apr 12, 2014 at 6:05 am #2092223
Yeah, I've read some negative reviews, too. It sounds like Spot 2 might be okay for communicating with home (if it's not essential that the message actually get through), but not for something like, oh shall we say, getting rescued? And then there's the subscription fee–it's sorta like inkjet printers, where the printer's super cheap and the cartridges expensive. I ended up getting a PLB instead. To the tune of about 5 times what a Spot 2 costs. There is an optional subscription service for the PLB (which lets you send a limited number of communications to select recipients) that costs almost as much as the Spot's subscription service, but the PLB also works without the subscription service, whereas the Spot doesn't. I chose to use the PLB strictly as a personal locator device in case of an emergency, but I might decide to subscribe later on. The Spot doesn't do anything without a subscription.
If your main concern is being able to send rescue messages that will reliably be received, don't waste your money on a Spot. If your main concern is communicating with home, don't spend all that money on a PLB.Apr 15, 2014 at 11:05 pm #2093490
Thanks for the feedback. There was a parallel thread going in "Gear" at the same time and I forgot to watch this thread. I figure I'll activate it for a year and see how it works out. Probably will skip the tracking feature.Apr 16, 2014 at 6:24 am #2093516
Ken T.BPL Member
Ha ha Ian! Doug was right. S@$&!?.
I had a version 1 Spot. Useless unless on the freeway.
The subscription fee is a total rip. Way more than what would be fair.Apr 16, 2014 at 6:49 am #2093525
Where were you guys with these pearls of wisdom like a month or so ago!Apr 16, 2014 at 6:52 am #2093527
Ken T.BPL Member
If you don't activate you'll only be out $45.Apr 16, 2014 at 11:02 am #2093666
Kevin ManleyBPL Member
I have a Spot 2 and used it in a lot of the Colorado back country. It sent out signals and people were able to see where I was. Maybe it's not good under dense cover or in deep narrow canyons, but mine seems to be fine most places I go. I think it could get you rescued in CO…Apr 29, 2014 at 7:02 pm #2097741
Tony CampanaBPL Member
@velodadiLocale: Lowcountry Carolina
Which PLB did you buy? Thanks.
TonyMay 4, 2014 at 3:15 pm #2099136
I bought an ARC ResQ Link. Sorry for taking so long to answer, but I've been on vacation–no cell coverage, no internet.
There are a couple of stores that sell ARC online, and all of them had a special spring promo (some extra stuff if you mailed in your receipt, proof of registration) that I think has since expired.
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