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Confused about which tracker you need?
Let us help

We are not tied to one supplier.

We can offer impartial advice based on your expedition location

All trackers use satellites to determine their location

How they transmit their location is where they differ:

  • Some transmit via mobile networks

  • Others transmit via satellite​

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"If your expeditions are mainly in the UK, in areas such as the national parks; Dartmoor, Exmoor, the Lakes or Peaks then the LTE/GSM trackers will almost always give you the most reliable performance.

If your expeditions are exclusively in the most remote parts Scotland, low lying areas of Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia, SPOT trackers may better suited.

For overseas expeditions in very remote locations, or where you need two-way SMS as well as 100% global coverage, then choose inReach trackers"I

LTE / GSM Trackers

Best for UK Expeditions

Transmit via all mobile networks 4G / 2G

Transmit in 2G even in places where your mobile phone will not appear to work.


Lightweight, under 90 grams

Location update every 2 minutes

6-day battery life - USB-C rechargable

£15 to hire for a 3-day expedition


Purchase option

Tracker cost  - £125.00

Subscription - £9.50 per month

SPOT Trackers

Best for remote parts of Scotland and Wales

Transmit via line of sight satellite

  (forest/tree canopy will limit performance)

150 grams

Location update every 5 minutes

4 x AAA batteries (1-2 weeks life)

£25 to hire for a 3-day expedition


Purchase option

Tracker cost  - £125.00

Subscription - £20.50 per month

inReach Trackers

Best for global Expeditions

Transmit via satellite (Iridium network)

100% global coverage


100 grams (mini) / 220 grams (explorer+)

Location update every 10 minutes

2-way SMS 

Maps & navigation (on Explorer+)

Weather updates (costs per message)

2 to 14 day battery (recharges via USB)

£40/£45 to hire for a one week


Purchase option

Tracker cost  - £260.00 / £450.00

Subscription - £40 per month

We took all three models out for a walk to see how they perfomed alongside each other. View the video to see the result.

*Update frequency shown is based on the standard tariffs for each model

Iridium and SPOT can update as quickly (SPOT 2.5 mins, Iridium 2 mins) for additional premium cost. GSM can update as quickly as once every 10 seconds for additional cost. SPOT highly recommends that you use only non-rechargeable Energizer™ Ultimate 4 x L92 AAA Lithium Batteries, or NH12 batteries, to achieve reliable performance.

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