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Gen 3 Tracker


Gen 3 Tracker Description

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Gen 3 Tracker Reviews

Read reviews for the Gen 3 Tracker by SPOT as submitted by your fellow paddlers. All of the reviews are created and written by paddlers like you, so be sure to submit your own review and be part of the community!

I have been using the Spot...

I have been using the Spot Gen 3 tracker for one full year, after using the older version for almost 2 years. The new Gen 3 is a much improved communications device - the interface, the battery life, and the ease of use. I even think that it has better signaling capabilities than my older version. To be clear, I found the older model easy to use and I really liked it, if that tells you anything about the new version!

The Nitty Gritty:
5 types of signals - SOS, Help, Track, Custom, OK.
• SOS is an SOS message that goes to a GEOS command center where it is relayed to the relevant authorities.
• Help is customizable, meaning I can change what the message says. I currently have a message saying that I need non-urgent help.
• Tracking has been updated this year- You can choose the different intervals-5,10,30, or 60 minutes. There is also an optional 2.5 minute tracking option called "Extreme", but I don't paddle fast enough to justify the cost!

Both the Custom and Ok messages can say whatever you'd like as well.
I have the Ok message linked to both my facebook and blog, so that friends and family can see where I am. The map shows whichever messages you choose (I picked tracking and OK).

The battery life has been surprisingly excellent- during a 40 day expedition, sending tracking every hour and Ok messages every night, I only changed batteries once! Really impressive!

My final thought on the Spot Gen 3 is how easy it is to get a signal. I've been in deep fjords in Norway, and in pouring rain and heavy clouds off of Vancouver Island, and easily sent messages that went through on the first attempt.

I think that for peace of mind of loved ones and safety, this is a device that, if you ever need it, could easily save your life. I don't go boating without it anymore

Gen 3 Tracker