One thing you learn rather quickly as you prepare to embark on a longer self-supported tour – is that it’s your job to make sure your loved ones feel secure about your personal safety.
And although we are following an established Adventure Cycling Route along roads, and will have cell phones and generators – we all know that there are going to be plenty of times our cell phones will have no bars. In our case – this actually happens on a daily basis. We encounter three no service spots on our drive to work.
On the other hand, there are going to be cars passing by – we’re positive that there will be someone to flag down in an emergency.
On the other-other hand, that doesn’t sound very comforting to our loved ones!
So we decided to have a “HOLY SCHNIKES!” backup plan and to learn more about personal locator beacons. We feel having such a device will make our loved ones feel more secure and why not? It turns out that they are relatively affordable. For the money, why not have a bonafide “HOLY SCHNIKES” SOS button?
This review article by Outdoor Gear Labs is GREAT! It answered every question we had and left us feeling confident we could make the right choice between the DeLorme InReach SE Satellite Messenger, DeLorme InReach Explorer, ACR ResQlink 406 Personal Locator Beacon, SPOT 3 Satellite Messenger – for any given situation.
Outdoor Gear Labs Personal Locator Beacon Reviews:
Given our particular situation, we are going to go with the SPOT 3 Satellite Messenger because we like the tracking feature, and feel like it’s enough of a backup plan for our needs. If we were seriously going off road or jumping out of planes into the jungle, we would definitely go with the ACR ResQlink 406 Personal Locator Beacon. The ACR ResQlink sounds badass!
With an SOS button, of course, comes great responsibility. This video by SPOT 3 is a fun and reassuring demo on how to avoid the veritable hell storm that could occur if you are a ding-dong and accidently send out emergency helicopters to help fix a flat:
SPOT Gen3: Getting Started: