Backcountry Access (BCA) Tracker 3 avalanche beacon.
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Pros Super fast processor, differentiates between beacons fantastically during multiple burials, best range in this review, best model for multiple and pro-level examinationsVery fast processor, crushes in the fine search, easy to use, light and compact (great for beacon-in-pocket users), low stress soundsTons of features, excellent multiple burial features and performance, differentiates close proximity burials very well, long-ish range, analog mode to help with micro-strip searchingEasy to use, long range, may eventually be the wave of the future, performs well in complex rescues and multiple burialsVery fast processor, excellent range, easy-to-use, comfortable to carry, top-notch multiple burial capabilities with excellent signal lock and marking/flagging functions
Cons Expensive, more complicated than other models, okay but not the best for newer or less practiced usersDisplay screen is just okay, multiple burial function un-suppresses the last marked beacon in only 1 min, leading to confusion and wasting time, can only mark one signalA little chunky and slightly slightly bulkier for pocket carriers, one of the more complex interfaces, slightly slower than top beacons in the fine searchMore experienced users will have to slightly retrain themselves, expensive, not as intuitive as other modelsNot as user friendly in the bracketing stage as other models, sometimes tells user to keep the orientation earlier than we would like during the fine search
Bottom Line Perfect for pros or advanced users, this model is one of the best performing products in every categoryA fantastic all-around model that combines ease of use in a smaller than average packageDesigned for advanced users or pros, it's one of the best for multiple burials with its long third antenna, analog function and ability to toggle through signalsThis beacon is one of the most capable beacons out there and features a totally unique design in that it doesn't follow the traditional curve of the flux-line and instead calculates them and takes its user straight to the the buried victimHas better range and superior multiple burial capabilities while still being fairly quick in the fine search
Rating Categories Mammut Barryvox S Tracker3 Arva Axio Ortovox S1+ Mammut Barryvox
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Specs Mammut Barryvox S Tracker3 Arva Axio Ortovox S1+ Mammut Barryvox
Weight 210g / 7.4 oz 215g/ 7.6 oz. 229g / 8.1 oz 260g / 9.2oz 210g / 7.4 oz
Number of Antennae 3 3 3 3 3
Manufacturer's Range 70 - 95 meters 50 meters 60 meters 30 meters 70 meters
Flagging Feature? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Battery Life (send) 300 hours 250 hours 250 hours 250 hours 300 hours
Digital/Analogue Both Digital Both Digital Digital
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