The Backcountry Access Tracker3 is a slick-looking, relatively new beacon in BCA's extremely popular line of Tracker avalanche beacons. Contrary to popular belief the Tracker3 is supposed to complement the Tracker2 rather than replace it. The Tracker2 is designed to be user-friendly and straightforward. The Tracker3 still has user friendlessness in mind but is designed for a more advanced user such as a mountain guides, avalanche industry professional or advanced trip leaders. The difference between the Tracker2 and the Tracker3 is that the new "3" is lighter, more compact and has a more traditional marking function.
The Tracker3's multiple burial function can suppress (i.e., flag or mark) a signal whereas the Tracker2 can't. It also has some functions like a Big picture "scan mode," an optional auto-revert setting, which the Tracker2 doesn't have. The Tracker3 is among the lightest and lowest profile triple antenna beacon out there. While we don't think weight is a super factor when considering beacons, the Tracker3's exceptionally slim design was among our overall favorite to wear in a pant pocket. Coupled with a reasonable price point, this was our Top Pick for an All-Around Beacon in the $300-$400 price range.