Originally Posted by BowElkStalker
Just bought a Oregon 450T(have not opened yet) and really like the screen size and the idea of getting Montana public lands maps. However the idea of having the spot with a Delorme pn60 because I hunt alone during bow season would make my wife happy. Anyone have experience with both of these units.
I posted on another thread about the SPOT, but thought I'd reply here as well. I do a lot of backpacking in wilderness areas, often well outside of cell phone range and so on.
I would say that if your wife just wants to know where you are - getting a status update periodically, etc. the SPOT would be great.
If she wants to know that you'll be rescued if you have a real problem, then I'd say an ACR/PLB is a much better choice. A PLB costs a lot more than a SPOT, but a PLB gives you a much higher-degree of confidence that you'll be rescued if you have a problem - I've read a lot of complaints about SPOT devices with respect to connectivity and so on. PLBs, on the other hand, have a strong track record (especially with boaters) of working successfully and getting emergency help to somebody in a hurry.
The important thing to remember is that there is a distinction between an EPIRB/PLB and a SPOT - the SPOT operates outside of the emergency network that a "real" PLB operates on. This means that you have to rely on a SPOT call center to receive your initial distress call, and then route that call to the appropriate responders. If you pull the trigger on the EPIRB/PLB, on the other hand, the alert goes straight to the USCG SAR folks.
I hope this helps.