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Want This, Get This: Breitling Emergency or SPOT Messenger Gen3

If you’re like us, you have a long list of watches you’d love to own. But reality (almost) always steps in, and your desires remain unfulfilled. Gear Patrol’s series Want This, Get This presents a lust-worthy timepiece along with a more affordable alternative that scratches the same itch. This week, we offer two very different ways to save your skin.

The Gear for Rainier

Kit: Climbing Mount Rainier

To take on our recent ascent of Mount Rainier, we rounded up some of the latest and greatest mountaineering gear. And after two days, 9,000 vertical feet of climbing and weather that ranged from downright scorching to subzero wind chills, we’ve got a thing or two to say about each piece. So whether or not you plan to use any of this gear in your urban, or more rustic, adventures, you can be assured we’ve put it all through rigorous testing in a worse place. Just don’t take an ice axe on the subway.

Today in Gear: May 20, 2013

Spot Global Phone Made for the rugged outdoorsman, this satellite phone handles text messaging, voice calling, voicemail and emergency calls the world over. An available data kit allows a computer to jump aboard the uplink, and up to four hours of talk time means you’ll never miss a call. $499 2(X)IST No-Show Sock Collection Say...

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Spot Connect

So neither your pocketbook nor your pocket is big enough to accommodate a sat phone, but that doesn’t mean that when you go off the grid you have to go completely dark. Thanks to the SPOT Connect, you can pair your smartphone via Bluetooth and connect to satellites to send a 41 character custom message...

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Delorme Earthmate PN-60W GPS Navigator with SPOT Satellite Communicator

No matter how hardcore the adventure, sometimes you just have to stay connected. The Delorme Earthmate PN-60W Portable GPS Navigator with SPOT Satellite Communicator ($550) gives you Delorme’s renown handheld GPS functionality paired with SPOT satellite communications. In wireless tandem the two units give adventurers not only unprecedented tools in the wild, but also the...

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SPOT’s premise is simple: it’s the difference between having something that will save your life and something that won’t. It will work where cell phones won’t. It uses GPS to acquire coordinates and constantly update data to Google Maps – always keeping track of where you are. You can keep updates by sending a pre-programmed...