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Backcountry Access (BCA) Tracker 3 avalanche beacon.
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Pros Many unique designs, lightest and smallest beacon currently available, switches automatically from Send to Search when you pull it out of your pocket or harness, quick processor, great while bracketingSuper 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 searchingVery fast processor, excellent range, easy-to-use, comfortable to carry, top-notch multiple burial capabilities with excellent signal lock and marking/flagging functions
Cons New technology is sometimes scary in a life saving device, not easy to manually change it from Search to Send and doesn't always want to go to Send mode in a baggy pocket, larger-than-average brackets, overall longer learning curveExpensive, 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 searchNot 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 Using a proximity sensor, the Micro automatically switches between Sending while stowed to searching when its not - also the lightest and most compact beacon currently out therePerfect 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 signalsHas better range and superior multiple burial capabilities while still being fairly quick in the fine search
Rating Categories Pieps Micro Mammut Barryvox S Backcountry Access Tracker3 Arva Axio Mammut Barryvox
Range (15%)
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Single Victim Search (20%)
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Specs Pieps Micro Mammut Barryvox S Backcountry Access... Arva Axio Mammut Barryvox
Weight 150g / 5.2 oz 210g / 7.4 oz 215g/ 7.6 oz. 229g / 8.1 oz 210g / 7.4 oz
Number of Antennae 3 3 3 3 3
Manufacturer's Range 50 meters 70 - 95 meters 50 meters 60 meters 70 meters
Flagging Feature? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Battery Life (send) 200 hours 300 hours 250 hours 250 hours 300 hours
Digital/Analogue Digital Both Digital Both Digital
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