Pieps Global Finder

If you're heading deep into the backcountry these days, it's likely that you'll be carrying both a traditional GPS, to help you find your way, and a satellite messenger device like a SPOT, so your friends and family can track your progress online and you can let them know if you're okay or in need of help. Now you can do all of the above with just one wundergadget, Pieps' new Global Finder, which is a fully-functioning GPS unit as well as a satellite messenger device. Should you just need assistance navigating, the device works like a normal GPS—you can enter waypoints and track-back, and there's also a barometer, altimeter, and magnetic compass. Should you desire to communicate with the outside world, the Global Finder's integrated satellite modem hooks you up with the Iridium satellite network, allowing you to send and receive text messages and emails just about everywhere in the world, including the polar regions.

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