Courtesy Somewear Labs, Inc. 

The Somewear Global Hotspot is compact and hooks easily to any gear.

The compact device is a quintessential tool to carry whether you’re a wilderness backpacker or you’re simply wanting to get off the grid.

J.D. Simkins  – October 11, 2021

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Another week, another WildLands gear iteration to highlight something you should be getting your hands on. We only recommend things we love. If you buy something through our site, we might earn a commission.

Embedded deep within the primordial nature of our DNA is an innate desire to explore, to discover what lies around the next river bend, to conquer intimidating peaks, to see the unseen.

Not embedded nearly adequately enough within that same DNA is risk management. While getting lost in the backcountry is never something we anticipate, it can happen to the very best of us.

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That notion makes this week’s item one worth adding to any packing list. The Somewear Global Hotspot is a compact device that pairs with any smartphone and uses the Iridium satellite network to give users the ability to maintain 100% connectivity whenever cellular service drops, making it a quintessential tool to carry whether you’re a wilderness backpacker or a remote worker simply wanting to get off the grid for the weekend.

Weighing only 4 ounces, the Somewear Hotspot features a messaging service that spans satellite, cellular, and wifi networks. It’s also bolstered by an integrated weather reporting system to keep users in the know regarding sudden developments in areas where storm systems can evolve rapidly.

Perhaps its most important feature, however, is the inclusion of both tracking and SOS search-and-rescue software—courtesy of a partnership with GEOS Worldwide—that uses the system’s onboard GPS and interval tracking via satellite data subscriptions (starting at just $8.30 per month) to provide location data in real time so the important people in your life can breathe easier knowing where you are and if—knock on wood—there is an emergency.

When it comes to durability, the Somewear Global Hotspot thrives in the harsh conditions it’s built to go, functioning in temperatures ranging from -4°F to 140°F and remaining water resistant for up to 30 minutes at 6 feet deep. A built-in, USB-rechargeable battery, meanwhile, is good to run a full 10 days, even with 10-minute interval tracking activated for the duration.

If venturing into the backcountry is on your to-do list, hook the Somewear Global Hotspot to your pack before you do so. Get yours here for $279.99, and learn more about flexible data plans that will keep you communication-ready through any adventure.


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