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Pros Fast, good range, good price, awesome flagging feature, very intuitive design, better than average in the fine searchSuper 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 Battery life is only displayed in thirds and not a percentage, switch that turns the beacon from search-to-send can be difficult to use with thicker glovesExpensive, 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 This beacon packs in ease-of-use coupled with most of the features that a majority of backcountry users are looking for at a very respectable price.The new Barryvox S is one of the most capable and highest performing beacons on the market.This beacon takes previous Trackers top-notch ease-of-use, speed, and intuitiveness, and adds a marking function and a low profile design.An extremely capable beacon whose features and multiple burial prowess will appease the requirements of any advanced user or pro.A great all-around and very capable beacon that works well for the majority of users.
Rating Categories Pieps DSP Sport Mammut Barryvox S Tracker3 Arva Axio Mammut Barryvox
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Specs Pieps DSP Sport Mammut Barryvox S Tracker3 Arva Axio Mammut Barryvox
Weight 200g / 7.1 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
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