ACR Bivy Stick Review

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
  • Waypoints
  • Tracking
  • Share Location
  • 2-Way Messaging
  • Weather Forecasts
  • Global, Pole to Pole Satellite Coverage
  • S.O.S. Function
  • No Contract or Annual Fees
  • Bivy App

Topo Maps

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.

ACR Bivy Map

Here is another map that shows the filter options in your map.

ACR Bivy Map Filter Options

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.

ACR Map Detailed Information

2-Way Messaging

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.

ACR Bivy Messages

This next screen shot shows the messaging working to an email.

ACR Bivy Message to an Email Account

Weather Forecasts

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.

ACR Bivy Weather Forecast

Global Satellite Coverage

ACR Bivy uses the Iridium satellite network that has Global, Pole to Pole coverage.

Iridium Satellite Network

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.

SOS Function

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 Bivy SOS Button

Subscription Plans

ACR offers three subscription plans.

ACR Bivy 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.

Bivy App

I really like the Bivy app. It has a lot of helpful information that easy to navigate through.

ACR Bivy App

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.

Final Thoughts

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:

  • Maps
  • Messaging
  • Weather
  • 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.

ACR Bivy Stick Satellite Communicator - Global Two-Way SMS Text Messaging, GPS Tracking, Maps & Navigation, Emergency SOS, Weather Reports, & Location Sharing - Android & iOS Compatible App
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ACR Bivy Stick Satellite Communicator - Global Two-Way SMS Text Messaging, GPS Tracking, Maps & Navigation, Emergency SOS, Weather Reports, & Location Sharing - Android & iOS Compatible App
  • 🌐 GLOBAL SATELLITE COMMUNICATOR & SATELLITE PHONE ALTERNATIVE: 100% global Iridium satellite coverage for two-way SMS text messaging, GPS tracking, maps & navigation, emergency SOS, weather reports, and location sharing. Compatible with iOS & Android apps. Subscription required. Monthly: (Basic $19.99 | Plus $34.99 | Unlimited $59.99). Annual: (Basic $14.99 | Plus $29.99 | Unlimited $54.99). One time 3-month commitment per device, then month-to-month. Plans available globally.
  • 📡 TRI-NETWORK COVERAGE & APP-TO-APP MESSAGING: Benefit from least-cost routing with priority given to Wi-Fi, followed by cellular, and then satellite. Effortlessly connect with others using app-to-app messaging, your dedicated phone number, or email. Choose ACR Bivy Stick, the leading alternative to satellite phones for unrestricted two-way communication, and the freedom to initiate and receive messages confidently.
  • 👥 GROUP Messaging & Tracking: Keep your crew connected with GroupTrack, featuring group messaging and location sharing for up to 12 people. Monitor your team off-grid using the Bivy Stick and app or in-network via a web browser. Ideal for search & rescue, guiding services, remote workers, outfitters, adventure racing, overlanding groups, and more.
  • 💬 CHECK-IN WITH EASE & GPS LOCATION SHARING: Effortlessly send unlimited & customizable check-in messages that include your GPS location with this advanced outdoor communication device. Use the dedicated check-in button on the device or through the app to keep your loved ones updated on your whereabouts. A shareable webpage displays a map with your GPS coordinates and a check-in breadcrumb trail, allowing others to follow your journey.
  • 🗺️ OFFLINE MAPS & NAVIGATION: Download detailed maps from around the world to ensure you're never lost, even without cellular service. Easily navigate and track your location off the grid using device-based GPS with this satellite messenger. The Bivy app offers over 50,000 adventures to explore, with 20 different adventure types available. Monitor your pace, mileage, altitude, and more on your journey.

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ACR Bivy Stick


World Wide Coverage


2-Way Messaging




Tracking & Sharing


Initial Cost & Subscription



  • Global Satellite Network
  • 2-Way Messaging
  • SOS Distress Call
  • Maps
  • Weather Forecasts


  • Must be Synced with Smartphone
  • Initial Purchase Price

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