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When we reviewed Gen 1 SPOT Satellite Personal Tracker, we thought its concept so innovative that it could possibly transform backcountry safety. But after testing it over a number of months we concluded " field conditions we believe likely to be encountered backpacking and hiking, the SPOT unit did not 'deliver virtually every message,' as the SPOT unit's literature claims. As such, we see the SPOT unit as an innovative system with a lot of promise, but with some glitches and room for improvement." It seems that SPOT Gen 2 has addressed many of Gen 1's shortcomings and may come closer to SPOT's innovative potential.


  • SPOT Gen 2 Improvements Summary
  • Gen 1 vs. Gen 2
  • What is Still Not Addressed

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