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Who makes the best Avy Beacon?

Postby Captain Beefheart » Tue Dec 01, 2009 12:37 am

Never owned one before... I noticed some of the newer models have all kinds of extras that I don't think I will need. Anyone have any good advice?
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Postby 96avs01 » Tue Dec 01, 2009 2:26 am

What is most important for you...ease of use, transmission distance, multiple signal deconvolution, performance/features, size/weight, display options, price, etc...?
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Postby Edgewood » Tue Dec 01, 2009 4:08 am

I use Backcountry Acess Tracker DTS. It's pretty easy to use. Most important is a Avi 1 class and lots and lots of practice.
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Postby tiogap » Tue Dec 01, 2009 5:46 am

imo, Ortovox
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Postby Diggler » Tue Dec 01, 2009 6:03 pm

Haven't had to use mine in a "real" situation, but in the test runs I've done, my Backcountry Tracker (think that's the name) has worked well. Consesus, though, seems to put the Ortovox at the head of the pack.

Curious, though- you're putting this in the CALIFORNIA section, of all places?!! :lol:
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Postby jlag » Tue Dec 01, 2009 6:06 pm

Depending on how much $$ you want to spend, i'd say the Mammut Pulse.


A 360 degree arrow and a meter count make for fast and easy locating, along with good search for mulitiple burials.


But nothing will replace a Avy class and hours of experience.


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Postby Captain Beefheart » Wed Dec 02, 2009 6:32 am

Oops... Sorry for posting under Cali. Maybe an elf can move it? Thats what I get for posting drunk.

I plan on using it for backcountry snowboarding in the Sierra. Weight is an issue, although reliability and ease of use is most important to me.
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Postby Climber Dave » Wed Dec 02, 2009 6:39 am

I had been looking online for info a while ago and came across this site and also
this table rating quite a few with links to the individual reviews. Looks like they like the Pieps models quite a bit.
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Postby Vertigo soul » Wed Dec 02, 2009 6:41 pm

I can't comment on the others opinions on Ortovox and Mammut (although I've heard Mammut's Pulse is effective), but I own the Pieps DSP and it works great, although I haven't used it - thankfully - in a live burial situation. Its fast, effective, easy to use and seems to receive some of the highest ratings. However, its not the lightest on the market, but I tend to believe that my life is more important than lightening my load by a few ounces :). The new Pieps Freeride seems to be getting some attention as a lightweight alternative, but sounds a bit simplistic. A good review of the Freeride can be found here http://www.sierradescents.com/gear/2009 ... eride.html
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Postby Captain Beefheart » Wed Dec 02, 2009 9:04 pm

Thanks for all the info. I'm in no rush so I guess I'll have plenty of time to do some research.
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Postby jrbouldin » Thu Dec 03, 2009 7:44 pm

BCA's new Tracker 2 is just about to be released. Go to the Telemarktips avalanche forum to read about it.
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