They are two of the most popular dog training and tracking collar brands on the market, so it makes sense to do a SportDOG TEK 2.0 vs Garmin Alpha 100 comparison guide.
Both of these brands and models are at or near the top when it comes to these types of GPS and e collars, so we’ve outlined the main differences and similarities between them.
We’ve also considered who and what they might be designed for, and what they offer in relation to each other, so you can figure out the best collar for you.
Let’s check them out more closely!
(NOTE: this is a general information guide only, and is not professional advice, or a substitute for professional advice. A qualified vet or animal expert is the only person qualified to give you expert advice in regards to your pet/s)
SportDOG TEK 2.0 vs Garmin Alpha 100: Comparison, Similarities & Differences
If you want to go straight to viewing the TEK 2.0 or Alpha 100, you can do so here:
SportDOG TEK 2.0
SportDOG TEK 2.0 GPS Tracking Collar (on Amazon) – tracking only model
SportDOG TEK 2.0 GPS Tracking Collar + Training E Collar (on Amazon) – tracking + training model
You can get extra add on collars to add more dogs to the 2.0 system:
- SportDOG TEK 2.0 Tracking Only Collar (on Amazon)
- SportDOG TEK 2.0 Tracking + Training Collar (on Amazon)
Garmin Alpha 100
NOTE: if you buy the handheld only, you can buy any of the compatible collars with it to add to the system:
- Garmin TT 15 Tracking and Training Collar (on Amazon) – tracking and training collar for medium to larger sized dogs
- Garmin TT 15 MINI Tracking and Training Collar (on Amazon) – tracking and training collar for smaller dogs
- Garmin T5 GPS Collar (on Amazon) – a tracking only collar
SportDOG TEK 2.0 vs Garmin Alpha 100: Which Is Better?
Overall, in our opinion…
- the Garmin Alpha 100 is a more detailed, in depth, comprehensive tracking and training collar system than the SportDOG TEK 2.0. It comes with more features, and a greater range of features. When you look at the two systems as a whole, the Alpha 100 feels more reliable in it’s performance and design, and more adept for professionals and the most advanced hunters and outdoor type dog owners
For example, you get the beacon lights in the collar device, and there’s a whole range of extra programs, software and devices you can pair with the Garmin from the Garmin range that aren’t available on the SportDOG TEK 2.0 from the SportDOG range.
We are talking about devices and software like Garmin Drivetrack 70, Garmin GPS Navigator, Birdseye Satellite Imagery, BaseCamp, BaseStation + more.
That’s not saying the TEK 2.0 isn’t a good tracking + training collar system. It’s actually quite good and performs well in it’s own right.
In fact, it outperforms the Alpha 100 in a few areas like for example up to a 10 mile range compared to a 9 mile range, and supporting up to 21 dogs compared to 20 dogs. From a training perspective, it also has 99 different levels of static, as opposed to the Alpha’s 18 levels.
SportDOG usually have pretty good customer service, and as long as you keep up with the regular software updates for the handheld and collar devices (and remember to register it when you get it), there shouldn’t be any major issues with the TEK 2.0.
With the prices being similar though, and looking at the systems and all their features and capabilities as a whole, if we were buying or wanted to absolute top performing, most comprehensive tracking and training collar system on the market, we’d go with the Garmin Alpha 100 by a small margin.
When you are spending this sort of money (which is ALOT) on this sort of product, you want to know you are getting what you paid for.
We feel that as evidence of our opinion, if you compare the product pages on both the Garmin and SportDOG sites for the Alpha 100 and TEK 2.0 respectively – SportDOG give you some good and detailed information, but Garmin leave you swimming in information, and break down the specifications to the last minute detail.
That’s the sort of attention to detail we want when making a decision this important.
SportDOG TEK 2.0 vs Garmin Alpha 100: Differences
Some of the major differences between the TEK 2.0 and the Alpha 100 are:
- The TEK 2.0 provides up to 10 miles range from handheld to collar receiver, whilst the Alpha 100 provides up to 9 miles range
- The TEK 2.0 comes in two models – a tracking only model, and a tracking + training model. The Alpha 100 only comes in a tracking + training model
- The TEK 2.0 can support/track/train up to 21 different dogs on the system with different collar receivers, whereas the Alpha 100 can support up to 20
- The TEK 2.0 requires you to purchase additional SportDOG TEK 2.0 collar receivers, whereas for the Alpha 100 it’s Garmin collar receivers – can be the T5 or the TT15 collars (that come in regular or mini models)
- The Alpha 100 has rescue mode for the battery. At 25% battery, the location update of your dog slows down to 2 minutes from 2.5 seconds, to conserve battery.
- The Alpha 100 has 18 different levels of static for training and 2 different static systems you can switch between, whereas the TEK 2.0 has one 99 level static system you can use for training
- Both systems have different water ratings for water protection – the TEK 2.0 Handheld Device is waterproof and submersible up to 5 feet and the GPS Collar is DryTek® waterproof and submersible to 25 feet. The Alpha 100 on the other hand is IPX7 water rated for the handheld, and the TT15 collar device is water rated up to 10 meters
- The Alpha 100 and TT15 can activate beacon lights on the collar which help you see a dog up to 100 yards away in dark conditions
- The Alpha 100 comes with Garmin software and is compatible with a whole range of Garmin devices and other Garmin software, whereas the TEK 2.0 comes with SportDOG software
- The TT15 collar for the Alpha 100 fits dogs a minimum of a 9.5” (24 cm) in circumference neck size, whilst the TEK 2.0 collar is for dogs 8 pounds or larger with neck sizes 10.75″ – 23″
- The Alpha 100 allows you up to 2000 waypoints, whereas the TEK 2.0 allows you 20
- The Alpha 100 batteries last about 20 hours per charge in the handheld and 20 – 40 hours in the TT15 collar. The TEK 2.0 batteries last about 24 hours in the collar, and about 12 hours in the handheld
SportDOG TEK 2.0 vs Garmin Alpha 100: Similarities
Some of the major similarities between the TEK 2.0 and the Alpha 100 are:
- Both the TEK 2.0 and Garmin Alpha offer 2 in 1 tracking and training dog collar systems with a collar receiver and a handheld
- Both models use GPS + GLONASS tracking
- Both handhelds come preloaded with TOPO maps
- Both have similar tracking and training screens – for training you see the dog, the training method button, the static levels etc. For tracking there are several different screens including map, compass and dog info screens. You can see how far the dog has travelled, where they are travelling, average speed and other tracking info
- Both handhelds notify you about your dog being ‘On Point’ and ‘Treeing’
- Both systems have roughly the same update rate – every 2 to 3 seconds
- Both training systems have static, vibration and tone/sound training modes
- Both training systems have both continuous and temporary (nick) static stimulation options
- Both allow you to set Geofences
- Both have lithium ion batteries
SportDOG TEK 2.0 vs Garmin Alpha 100: Reviews
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