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Backcountry Access (BCA) Tracker 3 avalanche beacon.
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Price $225.99 at Amazon$489.95 at Amazon$273.98 at Amazon
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Pros One of the easiest beacon to use, lightning fast, great value, extremely intuitiveSuper 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 Not as good for multiple burials, slightly below average range, not as low volume as other modelsExpensive, 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 Among the quickest models currently out there, this model is a no-frills design that excels at a beacon's number one job - finding a single buried beaconPerfect for pros or advanced users, this model is one of the best performing products in every categoryA fantastic all-around beacon 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 Backcountry Access Tracker 2 Mammut Barryvox S Backcountry Access Tracker3 Arva Axio Mammut Barryvox
Range (15%)
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10
Speed (20%)
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Single Victim Search (20%)
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Fine Search (15%)
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Specs Backcountry Access... Mammut Barryvox S Backcountry Access... Arva Axio Mammut Barryvox
Weight 255g / 9.0 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? No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Battery Life (send) 250 hours 300 hours 250 hours 250 hours 300 hours
Digital/Analogue Digital Both Digital Both Digital
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