PIEPS Freeride Discontinued November 2016
The Pieps Freeride is the smallest, lightest and cheapest avalanche beacon on the market today. The Freeride achieves this by using a digital processor but only using one antenna to process information on. What this means is that it is slower and less precise while searching and bracketing a buried beacon. So while the Freeride is a fully functional unit, it takes a lot more skill and practice to efficiently search with and as a result we feel it has a more limited application. We feel the Freeride has a similar learning curve to an older all analog version. With all that said, it is far better than not wearing one and it makes for an excellent option for kids or as a "loaner" unit.