Check out the new ACR Bivy Stick Review. ACR recently bought out Bivy Stick and the Bivy Stick Blue became the ACR Bivy Stick.
ACR Bivy Stick Features
- Topo Maps when Synced with Your Smartphone
- Share Location
- 2-Way Messaging
- Weather Forecasts
- Global, Pole to Pole Satellite Coverage
- S.O.S. Function
- No Contract or Annual Fees
- Bivy App
I have been really impressed with the maps on the ACR Bivy Stick as several things are available that are not available with the Garmin inReach satellite messengers, such as, campgrounds, bike trails, hiking trails and jeep trails are displayed, plus you can filter to choose what kind of outdoor activity you are interested.
Here is another map that shows the filter options in your map.
You can see where you can filter by Hiking, Mountain Biking, Camping, Waterfalls, Lakes, and many other filter options. There is also some great detailed information as in this hiking trail shown below.
The 2-way messaging works great. I tested it several times and it worked perfectly. This first screen shot is to Mike’s cell phone.
This next screen shot shows the messaging working to an email.
The weather forecasts cost two credits each time you request weather but you have credits available to you, depending on what subscription you choose. Here is a screenshot of what the weather forecast will look like.
Global Satellite Coverage
ACR Bivy uses the Iridium satellite network that has Global, Pole to Pole coverage.
There are a few other satellite messengers that do not over global coverage so make sure you know what you’re getting, especially if you’re a world traveler.
One of the most important functions of a satellite messenger is how it performs in an emergency. I did not test it, as I didn’t want to end up in trouble, so I could show you how well it works, but I’m sure it works well, after you press and hold the SOS button for at least three seconds.
ACR offers three subscription plans.
The subscription plans range from $17.99 to $49.99 per month. You do get unlimited credits when you select the Unlimited subscription plan, however, there are no activation fees for any of the plans and you can suspend the ACR Bivy Stick when you’re not using it.
I really like the Bivy app. It has a lot of helpful information that easy to navigate through.
You can see there are several options available to you, including Map, Offline Maps, Adventures, Waypoints, Community, Weather, Tracking, Share Location, Messages, SOS and more. ACR has made it really easy to navigate around the menu.
The ACR Bivy Stick really surprised me and I was shocked at how much I liked it and how high on the list it was over many other satellite messengers. My favorite things about it are:
- Global Coverage
The only downside to the ACR Bivy Stick is that you need to sync it with your smartphone to get most of the features, but that’s not a problem for me as I like having the convenience of my smartphone and I also carry a portable charger in case I lose power on either my ACR Bivy Stick or my smartphone.
See the YouTube video of the ACR Bivy Stick review.
- No activation or annual fees | 4 Month Plus or Unlimited Subscription Upon Activation
- Send and receive messages via satellite | Weather forecasts via satellite
- SOS monitoring via satellite (Global Rescue) | Location tracking and sharing via satellite
- Map display and navigation | Offline maps | Global satellite coverage (Iridium)
- One-touch Checkin (available directly from device and via the app) | Hundreds of mounts available
This product was presentation was made with AAWP plugin.
You can learn more about other satellite messengers at HikingEmergencyBeacon.com.
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