Spot Gen 3, £150
Tester: Andy Davidson
Time tested: 8 months/3000 miles
What’s good? Spot Gen 3 is a small GPS tracking device that can send check-in emails to loved ones and friends and give them location coordinates and a link to Google Maps with our current location as often as we set it to. Pushing the SOS button on the handlebars sends the rider’s location to the emergency services so rescue can be activated. It works anywhere in the world and makes the perfect adventurer’s companion. The firm claim 3500 lives have been saved since the launch of the product in 2007. I used the Spot Gen 3 device on the Hard Alpi Rally in Italy earlier this year, which takes place 90% off-road. Our team was in the middle of nowhere on a tiny track in the pitch black for hours on end with no mobile phone signal. It was reassuring having the Spot device with us, though thankfully we didn’t need to use the SOS function.
What’s not? Like with a mobile, you pay upfront for the device and thereafter it’s £108 per year for the basic service, which is paid a year at a time. Additional rescue plans can be added on top for another fee. If you’re headed out for a year to a remote part of the world, then safety is always a good investment.
Quality rating: 5/5
Value rating: 4/4
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