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Avalanche Beacons

Arva Neo Avalanche Beacon

92

2015

Arva Neo Avalanche Beacon

The Arva Neo avalanche transceiver features three antennas using state of the art digital technology to operate as a homing beacon should the wearer be caught and buried in an avalanche, or make locating burial positions as easy and simple as possible.

Ortovox 3+

77

2014

Ortovox 3+

The Ortovox 3+ avalanche transceiver is simple and reliable for use in single- and two-victim scenarios. On the downside, the Ortovox 3+ offers less accuracy in distance readings over its range than other transceivers we tested, and when there are multiple victims the 3+ can be easily confused. 

Pieps DSP Pro

88

2014

Pieps DSP Pro

With their Pieps DSP Pro transceiver, Pieps appears to have traded off a bit of range for improved reliability in multiple victim searches. The marking function is clearly improved, especially in the presence of older, noisy analog beacons.

Ortovox S1

80

2013

Ortovox S1

Ortovox's S1 was the most sophisticated avalanche transceiver currently on the market, although in some ways it is too sophisticated for its own good, and it has been eclipsed by the S1+.

Pieps DSP Tour

85

2012

Pieps DSP Tour

Overall the Pieps DSP Tour is a smart choice for the average backcountry skier. It's easy to use in single or multiple victim scenarios.

Pieps DSP

83

2012

Pieps DSP

The Pieps DSP was the first avalanche transceiver to use 3 antennas to remove spikes as well as indicate the presence of multiple victims with a way to mark those found.

Barryvox Pulse

92

2012

Barryvox Pulse

Is Barryvox's Pulse as good as avalanche transceivers get? Craig Dostie weighs in with his most thorough snow safety test yet.

BCA Tracker DTS

85

2012

BCA Tracker DTS

Since its introduction Tracker DTS has established itself as the best selling avalanche transceiver in the North American market.

BCA Tracker 2

91

2012

BCA Tracker 2

The easiest avy beacon to use just got a hell of a lot smarter.

Barryvox Pulse (Initial Report)

92

2011

Barryvox Pulse (Initial Report)

Is Barryvox's Pulse as good as avalanche transceivers get? Craig Dostie weighs in with his most thorough snow safety test yet.