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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.

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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.

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Today in Gear: May 20, 2013

Spot-Global-Satellite-Phone-Gear-Patrol 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

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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

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spot.satellite.personal.tracker.jpgSPOT'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