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Comparing Avalanche Beacons

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Pros Very fast processor, crushes in the fine search, easy to use, light and compact (great for beacon-in-pocket users), low stress soundsVery fast processor, excellent range, easy-to-use, comfortable to carry, top-notch multiple burial capabilities with excellent signal lock and marking/flagging functions
Cons Display 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 signalNot 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 A fantastic all-around model that combines ease of use in a smaller than average packageHas better range and superior multiple burial capabilities while still being fairly quick in the fine search
Rating Categories Backcountry Access Tracker3 Mammut Barryvox
Range (15%)
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10
Speed (20%)
10
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Single Victim Search (20%)
10
9
Fine Search (15%)
10
8
Multiple Burials (15%)
8
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Features (15%)
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Specs Backcountry Access... Mammut Barryvox
Weight 215g/ 7.6 oz. 210g / 7.4 oz
Number of Antennae 3 3
Manufacturer's Range 50 meters 70 meters
Flagging Feature? Yes Yes
Battery Life (send) 250 hours 300 hours
Digital/Analogue Digital Digital