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Garmin ALPHA 300i + T20 GPS Dog Tracking Collar Combo

  • 3X the battery life of the Alpha 200 handheld -- 50+ hours!
  • Dynamic Tracking auto-adjusts collar update rate for longer runtimes
  • Multi-colored tracking lights let you easily ID your dogs at night
  • Text from ANYWHERE w/ Satellite inReach subscription
  • Life-saving SOS button calls the helicopter
  • Free GDS multi-color straps included with multi-dog systems



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    What's New in the Garmin ALPHA 300i + T20 Combo

    Alpha 300i Handheld:

    • Improved Screen -- see more map detail with brighter colors
    • Better Handheld Battery -- 3X the battery life of the Alpha 200 series
    • Better Charging -- uses more durable USB-C cable instead of micro-USB
    • Outdoor Maps+ Compatible -- use with Garmin's map subscription service
    • Improved Menu Interface -- easier to use than older models
    • Channel View -- see what open collar channels are available in your area

    T20 Tracking Only Collar:

    • Dynamic Tracking -- auto-adjusts update rate based on dog activity, extending collar battery life to approx. 68 hours
    • Multi-Colored LED Running Lights -- identify your dogs in the dark with 7 different colors to choose from
    • Field-Replaceable Flex Band -- if the connector between the collar and GPS antenna gets damaged you can now replace it yourself
    • Multi-Colored Collar Status Indicator -- know at a glance the status of your T20 collars
    • One Size Fits Most -- slightly larger than the T5 MINI, the T20 can be comfortably worn by small and large dogs alike
    • Automatic Software Updates -- handheld and collars auto-update to the latest software when charging and connected to WiFi



    Hunt More Productively, Efficiently, and Safely:

    • Quick-charge batteries with a long run time mean more hunting, more training, and less charging
    • Track your friends' Alpha handhelds in the field
    • Top-mounted, high-sensitivity GPS / Galileo receiver for increased signal reception
    • Rescue Mode preserves battery life so you can find lost dogs
    • Emergency Alert lets you send your dog's last known location and an alert message to other Alpha users in the area
    • Send interactive SOS alerts and two-way emergency messages via satellite anywhere in the world with built-in InReach technology (subscription required for InReach functions, not required for tracking or training your dogs)


    Know Where Your Dog Is, Where He's Heading, and What He's Doing:

    • Track up to 20 dogs or other Alpha handhelds
    • The Compass Screen shows your dogs' direction, distance, and speed
    • The Map Screen lets you see your dogs' trails on the TOPO map
      • See if your dog is approaching a highway or property line
      • See if your dog is out of gun range
      • See if your dog is running too big BEFORE he gets too far out
    • Up to 2.5-second dog status update rate
    • Know when your dog is on point or has treed with Pointing and Treeing Alerts
    • Preloaded TopoActive map features not just major highways and waterways but smaller roads, creeks, and streams
    • Includes Birdseye Direct (no annual subscription required)
    • Compatible with Garmin's Outdoor Maps+ subscription service for additional map options


    Training with the Alpha 300i:

    You will have to add a Garmin TT25 collar to use the training functions on the Alpha 300i.
    • Customizable buttons plus touchscreen controls for maximum versatility
    • Create your own configuration with specific stimulation types and settings for each dog
    • Access your custom settings immediately -- easier and faster than setting manual controls
    • Use to train the most stubborn to the most sensitive dogs
    • Reinforce known commands and stop problem behaviors / break trash
    • 18 levels of continuous and momentary STIM
    • Non-stimulating vibration and tone functions
    • Expandable to 20 dogs with additional collars


    • Not available to Canadian addresses. This product is approved for use in the US only. Collar-to-handheld radio communication may be disabled in Europe and other prohibited areas.










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    Garmin ALPHA 300i + T20 Combo Transmitter (Remote)

      Garmin ALPHA 300i + T20 GPS Dog Tracking Collar Combo

    Handheld GPS Features

    • Improved 3.5" (diagonal) sunlight-readable touchscreen shows more map detail with brighter colors
    • 3X the battery life of the Alpha 200 handheld -- 50+ hours runtime
    • USB-C port for charging and data transfer via PC or Mac
    • InReach technology offers interactive SOS alerts and two-way messaging via the global Iridium satellite network (subscription required; jurisdiction restrictions may apply)
    • Dedicated emergency SOS button
    • Sleek, streamlined design
    • Fully rubberized outer coating with an over-molding
    • Touchscreen works even when wearing gloves
    • Meets tough IPX7 waterproof standards
    • Quad helix GPS / Galileo antenna for improved signal reception
    • Removable VHF antenna
    • Barometric altimeter
    • 3-axis compass
    • 16 GB internal memory
    • WiFi connectivity allows for software auto-updates, easy Birdseye installation, and more
    • Micro SD card slot (max. 32 GB class 10 or less) for preprogrammed MapSource mapping detail such as US TOPO, Inland Lakes, BlueChart, and City Navigator, or add more memory by installing a blank MicroSD Card
    • Garmin "backbone" accessory mount plus lanyard attachment point
    • Power Button Control Screen includes button lock feature
    • See ambient temperature data by adding the Garmin Tempe (available separately)
    • Backward compatible so it will work with your existing collars and other Alpha compatible devices
    • Transfer location data between compatible Garmin devices


    Alpha Handheld Specifications:
    • Dimensions: 2.7" x 6.4" x 1.3" with antenna
    • Weight: 9.9 oz.


    Dog Tracking Features

    • Updated, easier-to-use menu interface
    • Channel View lets you see what collar channels are currently available in your area to minimize interference with other users
    • Compatible with Garmin's Outdoor Maps+ subscription service
    • Preloaded TopoActive maps
    • Directly download BirdsEye satellite imagery to your handheld
    • Map Screen Options let you show or hide Dog Status, Distance, Names, and Offscreen Dogs
    • Zoom to Map Dogs: automatically see all dogs on your map screen no matter how far they are from you
    • Dog Trails: choose from Complete History, Partial History, or No Trail History
    • Dog Set Up Menu with universal dog settings including Update Rates and Dog Types
    • Dog Alerts: choose tone-only, vibration-only, or tone and vibration
    • Hunt Metrics: shows each dog's hunting patterns and behaviors so you can keep them healthy and safe
    • Share your dog info with other Alpha handheld units
    • Save up to 1,000 waypoints, 50 routes, and 10,000 track points
    • Compatible with the Garmin Explore app and website for managing tracks, routes, and waypoints, as well as reviewing statistics from the field
    • GeoFence and Radius alerts
    • Area calculation feature
    • Emergency Alert lets you send your dog's last known location and an alert message to other Alpha users in the area

        Preset alert messages include:
        • Help
        • Are you OK?
        • I'm coming
        • Stay there
        • OK
        • Yes
        • No
        • Come here
        • Lost dog
        • Injured dog
        • Ending hunt
        • Go on without me
        • Headed your way
        • Caution: others nearby
        • Game spotted
        • Slow down
        • Speed up
        • Nice shot


    Remote Training Collar Features

    You will have to add a Garmin TT25 collar to use the training functions on the Alpha 300i.
    • Customizable settings let you create your own personal configuration with ideal stimulation types and settings for each dog
    • 3 front + 3 side buttons and touchscreen controls
    • Train and track up to 20 dogs from one screen
    • Adjust stimulation levels from any screen
    • 18 levels of continuous STIM
    • 18 levels of momentary STIM
    • Non-stimulating vibration and tone options
    • Choose from two stimulation configurations:
      • Traditional STIM -- 6 levels with each level having a low, medium, and high for a total of 18 levels, replicating the "classic" Tri-Tronics stimulation setup
      • Linear STIM -- 18 levels that exactly match the low, medium, and high levels used in Garmin / Tri-tronics PRO series collars for those who prefer a slightly faster way to raise and lower levels




    Garmin ALPHA 300i + T20 Combo Collar

      Garmin ALPHA 300i + T20 GPS Dog Tracking Collar Combo
    • GPS TRACKING only -- no remote dog training features
    • Dynamic Tracking auto-adjusts the collar update rate based on your dog's activity (less movement=lower update rate) to extend the battery life to approx. 68 hours on a single charge
    • Multi-colored remotely activated LED light beacons let you easily ID your dogs in low light conditions with 7 color options: white, yellow, magenta, cyan, green, red, and blue
    • User-replaceable flex band reduces downtime if your collar gets damaged
    • Multi-colored collar status indicator
      • Blue: pairing mode
      • Yellow: acquiring GPS signal
      • Green: GPS signal established
      • Red: low battery
    • WiFi connectivity allows collar software to auto-update while charging
    • "One-size-fits-most" collar design can be comfortably worn by both small and large dogs
    • Remotely activated Sleep Mode further extends battery life (only with Alpha handhelds)
    • Waterproof (1 ATM -- 10 meters)
    • Top-mounted, high-sensitivity GPS / Galileo receiver gives better signal reception than GPS alone
    • User-replaceable 1" collar strap fits neck sizes between 11.5" and 22"
    • Braided steel collar antenna takes all the abuse a hunting dog can give it
    • USB-C port on collar for manual software updates via Garmin Express and exporting additional GPS dog data



    AKC Competition Approved

      The AKC Performance Events Department has approved the Garmin T20 collar for use in pointing breed field trials and hunting tests.



    T20 Collar Specifications:
    • Dimensions: 1.4" H x 3.2" W x 1.8" D
    • Weight: 8.8 oz. with collar strap and antenna




    Garmin ALPHA 300i + T20 Combo Comes With

    • Alpha 300i handheld with TopoActive Map
    • Birdseye Direct (no annual subscription required)
    • T20 GPS dog device
    • User-replaceable Li-ion rechargeable batteries in collar and handheld
    • Belt clip
    • AC adapter
    • USB-C cable
    • Collar charging clip
    • Short and long contact point sets with wrench
    • 5" handheld antenna
    • RF antenna cap
    • Braided-steel collar antenna
    • Owner's manual
    • 1-year Garmin warranty
    • Up to 20 user-replaceable 1" collar straps (depending on number of collars purchased)

      # of CollarsIncluded Collar Strap Colors
      1Blue
      2Blue & Orange
      3Blue, Orange, & Black
      4Blue, Orange, Black, & Red
      5Blue, Orange, Black, Red, & Green
      6Blue, Orange, Black, Red, Green, & Yellow
      7Blue, Orange, Black, Red, Green, Yellow, & White
      8Blue, Orange, Black, Red, Green, Yellow, White, & Silver
      9Blue, Orange, Black, Red, Green, Yellow, White, Silver, & Pink
      10Blue, Orange, Black, Red, Green, Yellow, White, Silver, Pink, & Violet
      11Blue (x2), Orange Black, Red, Green, Yellow, White, Silver, Pink, & Violet
      12Blue (x2), Orange (x2), Black, Red, Green, Yellow, White, Silver, Pink, & Violet
      13Blue (x2), Orange (x2), Black (x2), Red, Green, Yellow, White, Silver, Pink, & Violet
      14Blue (x2), Orange (x2), Black (x2), Red (x2), Green, Yellow, White, Silver, Pink, & Violet
      15Blue (x2), Orange (x2), Black (x2), Red (x2), Green (x2), Yellow, White, Silver, Pink, & Violet
      16Blue (x2), Orange (x2), Black (x2), Red (x2), Green (x2), Yellow (x2), White, Silver, Pink, & Violet
      17Blue (x2), Orange (x2), Black (x2), Red (x2), Green (x2), Yellow (x2), White (x2), Silver, Pink, & Violet
      18Blue (x2), Orange (x2), Black (x2), Red (x2), Green (x2), Yellow (x2), White (x2), Silver (x2), Pink, & Violet
      19Blue (x2), Orange (x2), Black (x2), Red (x2), Green (x2), Yellow (x2), White (x2), Silver (x2), Pink (x2), & Violet
      20Blue (x2), Orange (x2), Black (x2), Red (x2), Green (x2), Yellow (x2), White (x2), Silver (x2), Pink (x2), & Violet (x2)





    Features of the Garmin ALPHA 300i + T20 Combo

      Interactive SOS and Two-Way Messaging

      Should you have an emergency or accident, the Garmin Alpha includes InReach technology so you can send an SOS or other message via the Iridium satellite network from anywhere in the world (subscription required).

      Download Detailed GPS Dog Trail Info

      Map the area you and your dog covered during the day's hunt on your computer using the Waypoints and Tracks and Dog Tracks features on the Alpha Handheld. Download your hunt using either MapSource or Motionbased.com and see your hunt on a TOPO map or Google Earth.

      Avoid Getting Lost with Hunter-Friendly Icons

      Mark and label your vehicle, UTVs, blinds, hunting lodge, food plots, and other outdoor features with waypoint icons specially designed for hunting.

      Keep Up with Birds Using the Covey Counter

      Mark the exact location of your coveys on the map with this special waypoint feature and record the time of day, elevation, number of birds in the covey, and number of birds taken.

    Additional Uses

      Although the Garmin Alpha was originally designed for hunting dogs, many of our non-hunting customers have found that the Alpha is perfect for spending time outdoors with their dogs and allowing them to run off-leash. Whether hiking, camping, biking, or horseback riding, the Garmin Alpha gives your dogs more freedom while letting you keep a close eye on them and find them if they get lost. Since the Garmin Alpha is also a full-featured GPS, it will help keep you from getting lost as well!


    Garmin ALPHA 300i + T20 Combo Batteries

    • Li-ion batteries in both handheld and collar
    • Less than 6-hour charge time
    • Handheld and collar batteries both user-replaceable
    • Snap-on charging clip for no exposed charging jacks

      Handheld Battery Runtimes:
      • ~55 hours without InReach technology enabled
      • ~50 hours with InReach technology enabled
      Collar Battery Runtimes:
      • ~68 hours with Dynamic Tracking
      • ~25-84 hours with fixed update rates (depending on update interval)






    Garmin ALPHA 300i + T20 Combo Range


      The Garmin Alpha handheld and collar have a "line of sight" range of up to 9 miles.

      The Alpha handheld and dog GPS collar communicate using a VHF radio signal. To get the maximum range out of the system there needs to be nothing obstructing this signal.

      Realistically, this won't happen in most places we spend time with our dogs, so the actual usable range will be MUCH less than 9 miles depending on hunting/training conditions, weather, terrain, presence of cover, etc.

    Garmin Alpha GPS Maps

  • Includes free Garmin TopoActive map and Birdseye Direct (no annual subscription required)
  • Supports optional map data including Garmin's Outdoor Maps+ subscription service, TOPO U.S. 24K, autorouting with City Navigator, and Garmin Custom Maps


    Optional InReach Satellite Subscriptions

    Annual 12-month Contracts

    Lower monthly fees -- Ideal for people who either plan on using their inReach all year long or who want the peace of mind of having a continuously active SOS device.
    • Ideal for year-round use and peace of mind
    • 12-month contract
    • Lower monthly fees
    • Initial account activation fee of $29.95

    Freedom Plans

    Requires only a 30-day commitment -- Allows you to pay for satellite airtime service when you need it on a rolling monthly basis. You can change plans, up or down, or suspend your service at no charge.
    • Ideal for seasonal or occasional use
    • Suspend your service when you donít need it
    • Keep all your account data, tracks, and details when suspended
    • Minimum 30-day commitment
    • Annual freedom program fee of $34.95


    Safety
    Recreation
    Expedition
    SOS Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
    Text Messages 10 40 Unlimited
    Preset Messages Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
    Tracking Intervals 10 minutes+ 10 minutes+ 2 minutes+
    Tracking Points $0.10 each Unlimited Unlimited
    Location Pings $0.10 each Unlimited Unlimited
    Monthly Charges
    Annual/Contract $11.95 / Month $24.95 / Month $49.95 / Month
    Freedom Plans $14.95 / Month $34.95 / Month $64.95 / Month
    Overage Charges
    Messages (each) $0.50 $0.50 N/A


    Note: Monthly plan prices do not include the federal Universal Service Fund Fee and any applicable state and local taxes. Prices subject to change. These plans are for individual consumers in the U.S. only. See garmin.com for more information.












  • Garmin ALPHA 300i + T20 Combo

    Steve Says:

    The new Garmin Alpha 300 and Alpha 300i handhelds are the exact same unit except the 300i has inReach capability.

    These new GPS dog-tracking handhelds are very similar in look and feel to the Alpha 200 models. It's the same case, size, and setup, but the 300 and 300i have new features to make them more user-friendly than the 200.

    The Alpha 300 series have a better battery life, a better screen, and a better charging system.

    The 300 series also has the ability to use WiFi to update both the handheld and collars, and the new menu interface is easier to use.

    The Alpha 300 and 300i can track and train up to 20 dogs. The fastest fixed update rate is 2.5 seconds, but when using the new dynamic tracking, it'll automatically adjust the update rate based on your dog's activity. Less movement = longer update rate.

    The Alpha 300 and 300i offer multiple map options including TOPO maps, Birdseye Direct satellite imagery, HuntView pre-programmed micro-SD cards, and Garmin Outdoor Maps+ (available by subscription).

    They have 18 levels of continuous and momentary stimulation plus non-stimulating vibration and tone options. You can create custom setups for each dog, letting you set different stimulation levels based on each of your dog's needs.

    New Features on the Alpha 300:
  • 50-55 hours of run time on one full charge
  • USB-C charging port
  • Update handheld and collars using WiFi
  • Improved menu interface
  • Clearer, more detailed screen
  • Compatible with Garmin Outdoor Maps+ subscription service, which includes HuntView maps
  • Channel View allows you to see what collars are being used and what channel they're on





  • As far as collars go, we have two new tracking collars: the T20 and TT25. The T20 is a tracking only collar, and the TT25 is a tracking and training collar.

    New TT25 and T20 Collar Features:
  • Dynamic Tracking -- stretches battery life, giving up to 68 hours per charge
  • Multi-colored running lights with 7 color options
  • Replaceable flex band
  • Status indicator light changes to one of 4 colors depending on collar status

    An orange-topped GPS antenna identifies the T20 collar as tracking only.

    These collars are one size fits most -- it's not too big for your small dog, and not too small for your big dog.

    The collars can now be updated using WiFi. When you plug them in to charge, they'll automatically check for updates and install them as needed using your WiFi network.

    Compatible Collars:

  • TT25 / TT15X / TT15 / TT15 MINI / TT10
  • T20 / T5X / T5 / T5 MINI (tracking function only)
  • NOT compatible with Astro DC series collars

    Compatible Handhelds:

  • ALPHA 300i / 300 / 200i / 200 / 100 / 10
  • PRO 550 PLUS
  • ASTRO 430 (tracking function only)
  • NOT compatible with Astro 320 or 220 handhelds




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    Customer Reviews

     
    Review Summary
    4.9
    20 Reviews
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    100% Recommend this product (20 of 20 responses)
    By Randal
    Shreveport, La
    Highly Suggest
    July 17, 2024
    I use the 300 with my two GSPs. Works perfectly so far for training and tracking. Durable, nice weight when hooked to you, great battery life, quick connect time with satellites and TT25 collars. Would buy again if ever needed another and have suggested to others that have now changed over to the Garman 300.
    Pros
    • Quick access time. Great battery life. Well made.
    Cons
    • None.
    By Chris
    Central California
    Great system but be aware….
    July 23, 2023
    I have lost dogs for many days (without usage of a gps collar) and am very aware and appreciative of the longer battery life of this new collar to allow for long search times if needed. This system has a mode called 'sleep mode' that allows you to put the collar to 'sleep' and consume far less battery power. It is meant to be used when you are not actively tracking your dog. When you want to begin tracking your dog again you enter the 'awake mode'. The issue that I confirmed with GARMIN helpline is that you must be in RF antenna sight line to wake the collar up. It is not commanded to wake via GPS. If you hunt in hilly country as I do it is likely that the dog will be out of RF range and therefore the collar will be stuck in sleep mode and useless to track your dog. The GARMIN product manual does not make it clear whether this mode is commanded via RF or GPS antenna. If it were via GPS then there would be very little limitation putting the collar into awake mode. As it stands I will not be using 'sleep/wake' mode. I want others to know this limitation as well.
    Pros
    • This system is working very well
    Cons
    • Sleep/Wake mode limitations as described in my comments
    By Evan
    New Hampshire
    Good performance, user interface could be better
    July 18, 2024
    First off, I bought this for use around my yard/neighborhood for when my dog runs off chasing deer, etc. Cell signal in my neighborhood is spotty and weak, so most of the GPS collars designed for pets rather than sporting dogs work poorly for my situation.
    As such, I know I'm not exactly the target audience for this product so I have to forgive some design aspects that are optimized for sporting use and not for my use case.

    Overall this device works great at its primary function of keeping track of where my dog is and has been, over as long a range as I'll ever need in my neighborhood, with consistent and frequent updates. Battery life has been great, and it charges via USB-C - which IMO is practically a requirement at this point in 2024.

    The one major functional complaint I have with it is that it won't let me send corrections to my dog's collar until it has achieved GPS lock. Since GPS lock can take a few minutes depending on circumstances, this has on more than one occasion been an issue when my dog sees a deer the moment he goes out the door (collar just turned off, GPS not yet locked) and bolting, and then I stand there waiting and yelling for several minutes until my dog finally appears on the map (halfway across the neighborhood) and only then can I send corrections. It has radio comms with the collar immediately, so I don't see a logical reason why it wouldn't let me control the collar without GPS - this just seems like a bad design decision.

    The user interface is kind of clunky, I haven't found it very intuitive, and is very prone to accidental interactions with the touchscreen while it's on my hip. The buttons are less prone to accidental presses, but it still happens while doing yard work, etc. Often when I need to use it urgently, like when my dog just took off after a deer, I pull it off the belt clip and it's on the wrong screen, or the map is panned halfway across town, and in the worst case the top row buttons are on the wrong tab so I can't even send corrections to my dog's collar without fiddling around to get back to the right state first. Maybe there's a way to lock the touchscreen and/or the top row to prevent this - but if so, it's not obvious and I haven't found it.
    As a specific example of the UI being flaky, I'm unable to turn off the track for myself (this device) on the map. I set it to "hide all", but it won't go away. The same options for my dog's track work as expected, but the handheld track doesn't respond to any of the settings.
    Basically, the UI/UX is at a level that I'd expect from cheap no-brand chinese electronics but quite disappointing for an $800 product from a US company.

    Anyway, this probably seemed like a lot of complaining - but overall, I'm giving it 4 stars because it does its main job which is the most important thing. I'm only dinging it one star for the above complaints; honestly, if Garmin had any real competition in this market I'd judge it more harshly, but I just don't see a better option so I'm being easier on it.
    By Mimi
    Texas
    Love this handheld
    July 18, 2024
    I upgraded to a 300i after having used an older model Garmin for several years. The battery life is great, there's tons of functionality, and everything about it has been improved from the older model. The color screen is cool, too. This probably does 10x more than I'll ever use it for, but I discover new things every day and am really pleased with the purchase.
    By Trish
    Shawano, WI
    Great unit for multiple dogs and GPS tracking
    July 17, 2024
    We upgraded from the Pro Plus 550 to the Alpha 300 for a couple of reasons and it has lived up to all our expectations and hopes.

    Pros
    • When running or training multiple dogs especially in cold weather that requires gloves. No dials, or toggle switches to worry about.
    • Incredibly easy to identify and move between three different settings of your choosing. I use Tone, High 1 and Vibrate on my three buttons. Should you need to accelerate your commands to more intensity this is also accomplished very quickly in seconds.
    • So much easier to switch between two dogs on the fly and easy to know where both are at in one screen.
    • GPS uploading is significantly faster on the Alpha 300 than the 550 for us in our area. Incredibly important for us in dense woods and tall grass and corn habitats. Ability to share information with other hunters in your group, tracking and marking locations invaluable.
    Cons
    • Requires committment to learning the new system. Comes with very basic written instructions. There are great you tube videos of different aspects of the system that are very helpful. I am tech challenged and with some committment the system makes sense and is easy to navigate. All the options at first can seem overwhelming.
    • Overall I love this system, the screen is extremely responsive [which is why I love it] but in responsiveness you also experience if on a lanyard the screen can be bumped easily as you move through the field and change. I have learned to expect and accept that and the "back" button is easy to find and use to get back on track. I also am exploring perhaps a holster instead of relying on a lanyard and pocket.
    By Brad
    Kansas
    Works great
    July 17, 2024
    I really like the Alpha 300. I don't use all of the new features since I'm only running one bird dog on it, but it really is easy to set up and use. Battery life is excellent and it's no problem for me to get a weekend worth of hunts without charging. One reason it was purchased is for the inReach messaging capability. I work by myself in some locations that don't have a cell signal so it provides peace of mind that I can call for help if needed.
    Pros
    • Capability for dog tracking and inReach messaging
    Cons
    • For the price they should include multiple ways to attach the device to yourself. It really should include at least two different clip setups and a holster type.
    By Blake
    Steamboat Springs, CO
    Great for our two pups!
    July 17, 2024
    We have a wirehair pointing griffon and a doberman who we take out on trails all around the Rocky Mountains. We got this system to both track them when they roam and correct their recall, heel and other commands. We don't take advantage of all of the features but the ability to manage and track both dogs at once, and at long distances, has been great. We are very satisfied and would recommend this top notch system. The dogs get so excited whenever the collars come out!
    Pros
    • Ability to manage multiple dogs.
    • Tracking them at long distances.
    • Beep, vibrate and stimulation corrections (we've gotten to where the beep is all it takes for long distance recall).
    • Excellent battery life.
    Cons
    • It takes a few seconds to get the unit out, wake it up, and make sure you're on the right dog to send a correction, which sometimes is too long for it to be effective.
    By John
    Michigans U P
    Garmin 300i
    July 17, 2024
    I purchased the bundle (Garmin 300i /T25collar) this past spring 2024. I am a first time buyer of this kind of unit so bear with me a bit.
    I have 1 dog on it, a 65 pound 10 month old female Silver Lab. Who likes to explore on her own. All and all once I learned the in's and out of the hand held it works pretty good but it was a learning experience for me having never used something like this. About the only issue I have with it is there is no way to tell how much charge is in the collar itself. It's the off season for us so we are not hunting, this Time of year the collar go on when she gets up in the morning and comes off when she gos to bed at night she spends a lot of time out side when we are at camp, I can alway tell where she's at at a glance. The hand held would get 5 stars if it would show how much charge the collar had.
    Pros
    • Works as advertised
    Cons
    • Can be a bit confusing until u learn the ins and outs if your not use to using a unit like this.
    • Doesn
    By Troy
    MA
    The 300 is awesome
    July 17, 2024
    Charge lasts a long time and it never loses the pups!
    By John W.
    Owings, MD
    Garmin Alpha 300 Handheld Only
    July 17, 2024
    After watching a few videos I was able to set up my handheld to collar. I did not find it intuitively obvious how to set things up, and the system allows for way more functionality than I will ever use. The problem is, there really is no middle of the road solution, especially when I wanted to be able to evenutually connect to 3 dogs. I use it daily and it works very well. I use it to see where my dog is on the GPS as my farm is rolling with wood. I use 3 modes of vibrate, momentary, and continuous but rarely need more than vibrate. I really like being able to turn a blinking light on the collar so I can see the dogs in the dark. Like I said, there's so much more functionality that I will never use.
    By P P
    NY
    Alpha Handheld
    July 17, 2024
    Compact
    Some components are clear but some are not as the directions are not simple especially for a person not familiar with a handheld
    A simple and clear manual would be good
    I get help from my son because he has one for his dog
    Pros
    • Compact
    • Well made
    • Charge time excellent
    By Chip G.
    Maine
    Better than advertised.
    July 17, 2024
    Worth every penny, this unit has performed flawlessly for 2 years being used every day.
    Pros
    • It's a Garmin
    Cons
    • None really
    By Curtis
    Spokane WA
    Great Hunting Tool
    July 16, 2024
    This has proven to be s great tool for both training and hunting. With the three types of correction it offers a great range of options.
    Pros
    • Unit is waterproof. It is durable and has fantastic range, It offers tone, vibrate, and stim. Two antennas for different applications. Very accurate and quick GPS tracking. Works great for multiple dogs
    Cons
    • There are so many features I have to keep on top of remembering the best way to toggle through them all. Not a difficult unit to use though, just takes some time to learn it
    By Henry M.
    Chagrin Falls, Ohio
    Peace of Mind
    July 16, 2024
    Alpha 300 is a great system for anybody who hunts with their best friend. Never have to worry about where my dog is or what he's doing. This is also the only e collar I've used where I'm not questioning whether or not my dog is actually receiving a correction when necessary. Have had multiple other systems and this one takes the cake. I run labs on waterfowl and upland game 50+ days a season.
    By Scott
    Salt Lake City, Utah
    Alpha 300 Handheld
    July 16, 2024
    The Alpha 300 Handheld is the best unit for training and also tracking my dog Stella. I never leave home without this important tool. I also subscribe to Garmin for GPS and also emergency services in the back country. A1 Rating.
    By Calvin
    Florida
    Game Changer
    July 16, 2024
    The ALPHA 300 was a major upgrade from the ALPHA 100. I hunt with multiple people that track each others packs individually and the 300 makes that easy. Screen clarity is great also. Highly recommend it.
    Pros
    • Nice screen that's visible in direct light.
    • Battery life is way better than older models.
    • Group options that allow you to switch between dogs being tracked.
    • Train features are more easily accessible.
    Cons
    • None so far.
    By Brian
    Upper Michigan
    Easy to set up and operate.
    July 16, 2024
    I haven't had much of a chance to put the collar through a lot of testing yet. But if you are familiar with other Garmin products it was amazingly easy to add the collar and customize the buttons. This unit is going to be a real asset for dog training and give me that piece of mind that I can always locate my dog.
    Pros
    • Easy to get the whole package up and running.
    Cons
    • Expensive
    By Stephen
    Tampa, Florida
    Top of the line training/tracking unit
    July 16, 2024
    I bought the Alpha with the intent to use it for training my Brittany but also for use when we go hunting out west and it has done nothing but impress me over and over again. I've used the Alpha 300 for a week straight without recharging (using it for a few hours of hunting each day) and it never died. It's always comforting being able to know exactly where my dog is and the 9 mile range is impressive. It's also built for the outdoors, I've had it in rain, snow and have fallen in a river with it and just simply rinsed it off and kept going. When you want something you can rely on for your dogs go with the Alpha. We spend a lot of money on our dogs and though the Alpha is not cheap it's a good insurance to ensure you are always able to find your dog and potentially save them if they end up in a bad situation while out hunting (encounter with a coyote, porcupine, snake, bear, traps, etc).
    Pros
    • Reliable, long ranging, extremely long battery life, very customizable, durable.
    Cons
    • Pricey, but it's top of the line and worth it as a bit of extra
    By Cayden
    Ohio
    Garmin Alpha 300
    July 16, 2024
    Not a single regret from buying my garmin alpha 300. This device is very trustworthy when it comes to knowing where my dogs are at all times when I'm out hunting. All the little accessories within the device help out with any situation whether you're training or hunting and with a long last battery life, that just makes it even better.
    Pros
    • Being able to connect to other garmin devices
    Cons
    • NONE
    By JRRJr
    Pace, Florida
    Using for my peace of mind
    June 29, 2024
    We purchased some acreage that borders a state forest. I was having to chain my young Boykin while we were there since she kept wandering into the woods. With this I am able to let her roam and keep track of where she is and know if she is returning when I whistle. The first night we camped there, one of the horses decided to leave the temporary corral and go on a walkabout. Now they wear the collars at night. Also when the wife goes for a solo ride, I can keep track of her so I can find her if necessary.
    Pros
    • Good range in the pine forest. Accuracy is excellent. Extended battery packs work well.
    Cons
    • The training feature of the collar is more difficult to use than a dedicated training collar due to the locations of the controls on the receiver.
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