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Recent Avalanche Safety Device Reviews

Black Diamond Tele Lynx

rated 4 of 5 stars This is a very good stout snow shovel design that would be great in the backcountry for digging a snow cave or pit, or helping dig a buddy out after an avalanche. I have had this Black Diamond Tele Lynx backcountry shovel for at least ten years and have found it to be a solid design that has never let me down. A shovel is not a piece of gear that most people get too excited about, but if you go into the backcountry where you need to be carrying a shovel it is one of the most important pieces of… Full review

Ortovox 240 HD PFA

rated 3.5 of 5 stars This is a good stiff avalanche probe that has all the basic features you would expect in a backcountry avalanche probe. I have had the Ortovox 240 HD PFA avalanche probe for several years and carry it whenever I go into the backcountry here in the Cascades when avalanche conditions are present. The basic probe is 240 cm long (94.5 inches), 13 mm in diameter (.51 inches) and it weighs 12.5 ounces. The probe comes with a nylon case that has a unique closure system. The closure system is opened by… Full review

Pieps DSP Sport

rated 2 of 5 stars This beacon worked amazing for my first few tests and practices. Intuitive arrows, large screen, the beacon itself feels manufactured of high grade plastic. In my fourth practice session the safety leash broke out of the housing. This is a serious safety concern. A lost beacon could result in a lost life. Full review

Black Diamond Halo 28 JetForce Avalanche Airbag Pack

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A great evolution on the airbag concept with terrific selection of features. So I got to take this pack out for a spin the other day on a Ski Mountaineering objective. It was a pretty short day and we didn't get into any terrain that we felt was particularly risky, so I never felt the need for its key feature. The pack is accurate to the rest of the BD M/L sizing. It's surprising comfortable, and breathable for a winter pack. I certainly found it rather enjoyable to wear. The bag is burly, and feels… Full review

SnowClaw Guide

rated 5 of 5 stars It's easy to carry. It does work. I had two, gave one to another rescue worker. I like it very much. No problems, easy to carry, almost forget it's in my pack, but when I need it it makes any digging much quicker. Full review

SnowClaw Guide

rated 5 of 5 stars I find the Snow Claw an essential item for backcountry snow play. I am going to disagree with it not being an effective avalanche rescue tool. I researched these long and hard before buying one. Some rescue crews report having tested them directly against standard $75 portal avalanche shovels. They were in fact surprised to find them more durable, faster at moving snow, and easier to carry. Furthermore they were found to be the superior tool at getting cars and trucks dug out of snow banks. Typical… Full review

SnowClaw Guide

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A great must-have tool, for snow travelers of every kind. When I started doing a little bit of front and back country snowshoeing several years ago, I saw this and thought it would be a great thing to have. And for twenty bucks, why not?? It is a very easy to use "shovel," and moves a fair amount of snow easily and quickly. It is effective in most snow conditions, except for really icy situations. I have had it since they first came out, and it is still in like-new condition.  I especially like… Full review

Mammut Probe 320 Fast Lock

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Sturdy probe with quick lock. The Mammut 320 Fast Lock avalanche probe feels very strong (13mm diameter) and is operable with gloves. The measurements on the side are easy to read. I haven't had a chance to use it in the field yet, but so far I like it more than the older Black Diamond Quickdraw that I used last winter as there are no pinch points. (Although it looks like the new BD's have a similar style to this Mammut) My first concern was hoping the locking mechanism and cable hold up. The inner… Full review

Backcountry Access Tracker DTS

rated 5 of 5 stars The best avalanche beacon I have used. This is the simplest, most functional avalanche beacon I have ever used. You can pull it out of the box with zero experience in using a beacon and feel like a pro within 5 minutes. On top of that, it's reasonably priced and easy to find. The harness is super easy to put on and is barely noticeable. The range is good. There's not much else to say — it's the ideal beacon. I love this thing. 100% recommended. [I am a PSIA certified Alpine and Telemark Instructor]… Full review

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Voile One Sided Pop-Pin Snow Shovel
Voile Two Sided Pop-Pin Snow Shovel
G3 1 Button Shovel Snap Snow Shovel
Brooks-Range Snow Grid Card Snow Study Device
Ortovox 320+ Steel Pro PFA Avalanche Probe
$7 - $75
Backcountry Access Ruler Snow Study Device
$7 - $9
Brooks-Range Snow Crystal Card Snow Study Device
Backcountry Access Float Cylinder Refill Kit
Mammut Airbag 3.0 Trigger Test Tool
$8 - $12
Backcountry Access Aluminum Crystal Card Snow Study Device
$8 - $12
Brooks-Range Folding Magnifier X10 Snow Study Device
$10 MSRP
Backcountry Access Lexan Crystal Card Snow Study Device
Backcountry Access Magnifying Loupe Snow Study Device
$16 - $19
Life-Link Himalayan Snow Shovel
Brooks-Range Snow Crystal Card Pro Snow Study Device
$12 MSRP
Brooks-Range Dial Stem Thermometer Snow Study Device
Mammut Avalanche Airbag Backpack - Refillable Cartridge
$14 - $159
Mammut RAS Refill Kit Avalanche Airbag Pack
G3 Solid Probe Tip Avalanche Probe
Brooks-Range Slope Meter Snow Study Device
Pieps Checker Avalanche Beacon
$18 - $29
Pieps TX 600 Dog Collar
Brooks-Range Rutschblock Cord Snow Study Device
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
SnowClaw Guide Snow Shovel
Backcountry Access Digital Thermometer Snow Study Device
Arva Snow Eco Snow Shovel
G3 Rutschblock Cord Avalanche Probe
$23 - $29
Backcountry Access Analog Thermometer Snow Study Device
$24 - $34
Brooks-Range Digital Thermometer Snow Study Device
$25 MSRP
Backcountry Access Slope Meter Snow Study Device
$25 - $29
Backcountry Access Snow Saw Snow Saw
$25 - $34
Arva Ovo Compact Shovel Snow Shovel
CAMP Alu Fix Snow Shovel
Swix Snow Thermometer with Case Snow Study Device
Mammut Probe 240 Avalanche Probe
$30 - $39
Black Diamond Lynx Shovel Snow Shovel
CAMP Alu Tele Snow Shovel
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Voile Mini Shovel Snow Shovel
DaKine SC Shovel Snow Shovel
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Voile TelePro Shovel Snow Shovel
$30 - $47
Ortovox 200 Economic Avalanche Probe
Arva Light Probe Avalanche Probe
$31 - $49
G3 Solid Probe Segment Avalanche Probe
Arva Ovo Compact TS Shovel Snow Shovel
Ortovox 240 Economic Avalanche Probe
ABS Powder Zip-On 5 Avalanche Airbag Pack
Ortovox Economic II Snow Shovel
$34 MSRP
MSR Beta Snow Saw
$35 - $47
Mammut Alugator Ride Snow Shovel
Arva Mini Ovo Light Snow Shovel
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