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Spot X 2-way Satellite Messenger

hiker on mountain I frequent locations that don’t have cell service, where I’ve come to appreciate two-way satellite communication devices. And while earlier personal locator beacons simply alerted SAR, modern two-way messengers like the Spot X do that and a lot more, like allowing you to send and receive SMS text messages, mark POIs, and perform navigation functions.

On extended backpacking or vehicle-based trips, the ability to easily compose longer messages on the fly is a valuable feature. This is especially true when plans or routes change, and you want to let dispersed team members or front country support stay up to date. With these needs in mind, I took the Spot X, with its full QWERTY keyboard, into the field on multiple occasions to determine if its form and function were up to the task.

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