The Good Housekeeping Research Institute has selected SPOT as a VIP (Very Innovative Product) Award winner. SPOT is featured on page 117 of the February 2009 issue of Good Housekeeping. The Good Housekeeping Research Institute evaluates thousands of new products every year. The winners of the VIP Awards truly stand out for their inventive approaches to helping families improve their lives in ingenious ways, big and small. They represent groundbreaking advances in technology and product design, and each has been reviewed by the scientists in the Research Institute to determine that the product performs effectively.
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Dale, a retired community college administrator and instructor, is an avid hiker, backpacker and cyclist. At the age of 67, he now spends most of his free time hiking through the backcountry of Oregon and California alone and with fellow backpackers.
Like many hikers, Dale often worried about connectivity during his travels. This is why SPOT peaked his interest when reading one of his favorite magazines. Soon after, Dale visited REI to purchase his first SPOT device. In celebration of Memorial Day, Dale and 7 other hikers ranging from ages 51 to 74 decided to take a five day trip to Mattole Beach Campground near Petrolia, California. This time, he made sure to add his new SPOT Gen 3™ as a "must bring" item.