Backcountry Must-Haves: SPOT Gen3

Bowhunting World Editor Jace Bauserman scours the aisles of the 2015 SHOT Show in search of must-have backcountry products. Next up: the SPOT Gen3.
Backcountry Must-Haves: SPOT Gen3

I won’t venture far from the truck without it. It has been responsible for aiding in over 3,000 worldwide rescues. It keeps you in constant contact with friends and loved ones. It’s the SPOT Gen3.

I’ve used SPOT since it came on the market many years ago, and I absolutely love it. It’s a crucial piece of my backcountry arsenal, and though, thank God, I’ve never had to hit the SOS button, I know it’s always right at my fingertip.

The SPOT Gen3 provides hunters with a critical life-saving line of communication. In addition, and what I use it for more than anything, is it allows your contacts to track your daily movements and keeps you in contact with them.

Lightweight, simple to use and more compact than ever, the SPOT Gen3 is fitted with a Help/SPOT Assist button. This button allows you to request help from your friends and family at your GPS location. You can also request assistance from professional organizations. The Custom Message (my favorite feature) button lets contacts know where you are with a pre-programmed message that includes your GPS location. This is perfect in those no-cell-service areas. The Track button allows your contacts to track your progression using Google Maps. My kids and wife love pulling up Google and keeping tabs on where I venture each day – they feel like part of the hunt. The Check In button lets contacts know where you are and that you’re okay via a pre-programmed message. Lastly, and most importantly, the SOS button sends an SOS with your GPS location to GEOS, who then facilitates search and rescue.

The SPOT Gen3 – can you really afford to go afield without it?

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