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Pros Easy to use, inexpensive, simple and well-labeled controlsSuper 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 Among the shortest range of any beacon we tested, no flagging featureExpensive, 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 Beacon is easy to use but has a short range and no flagging featurePerfect 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 Ortovox Zoom+ Mammut Barryvox S Backcountry Access Tracker3 Arva Axio Mammut Barryvox
Range (15%)
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Speed (20%)
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Single Victim Search (20%)
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Fine Search (15%)
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Specs Ortovox Zoom+ Mammut Barryvox S Backcountry Access... Arva Axio Mammut Barryvox
Weight 200g / 7.0oz 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 40 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 Both Both Digital Both Digital
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