Backcountry Access Tracker 2

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This is such a simple transceiver to use. I'd recommend…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $315

Summary

This is such a simple transceiver to use. I'd recommend it for any recreational user. It's also commonly used by ski patrollers.

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Good value

This transceiver is very simple to use and that's what makes it so great. When I do practices with friends with other digital units, they seem to get hung up on other features and confused about how to interpret what the transceiver is telling them. This is due to not practicing enough, but with the Tracker 2, it is far more intuitive and even without much practice can be effectively used. 

Some people express concern over multiple burials with this unit but Backcountry Access has good information about this on their website. I don't like the transceivers with the masking or marking feature because you could potentially mark or mask another transceiver and delay the search. However, with any transceiver it is important to understand how it works and how to use it effectively. The Tracker 2 is as simple as it gets and I believe is less open to misunderstanding.

There has also been concern over certain other manufacturers not "finding" the Tracker 2. This has been investigated by BCA and the other manufacturers and they have found that it is likely the result of user error.  All transceivers use the same frequency and are subject to the same standard for how far off the frequency they are allowed to transmit and how broad the range of receiving must be. Information on this can be found at beaconreviews.com.

I like the harness system because you can place the transceiver off to one side, rather than have it sit in the middle of your body. It is very easy to use with bulky gloves or mitts on.

Even though the published range is larger than other digital transceivers, I haven't found it to be much better than others when doing range checks with friends. I haven't gone out and measured but it is at least as good or better than others.

There have been a few "glitches" reported with the Tracker 2 but I still think this is the best transceiver for most people. My Tracker 2 suddenly started using battery power while it was turned off. I had 2 seasons of reliable use but this season I went through 4 sets of batteries in 6 weeks. I returned it to BCA and received a new one. 

As well, my girlfriend's Tracker 2 would reboot while in transmit mode. It was pretty random but at several times, the start up beeps would sound.  She returned it to BCA and received a new one. 

Despite these problems, I still like it more than other units.

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Manufacturer's Description

Visit Backcountry Access's Tracker 2 page.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

The Backcountry Access Tracker2 avalanche transceiver features quick processing and 3 receiving antennas wrapped up in an easy-to-use interface to make searching faster and simpler.

- REI

The Backcountry Access Tracker 2 subtracts weight and size, and adds real-time display and a third receiving antenna to the best-selling, dead-simple Tracker DTS. The third digital antenna increases accuracy and provides a strong buried signal in any orientation, while the real-time display eliminates lag time, allowing you to narrow your search zone quickly when seconds count. The Tracker 2's single search / transmit switch makes learning and teaching a snap, and it reduces confusion when you hit adrenaline overdrive.

- Backcountry.com

Tracker2 offers the industrys fastest most precise pinpointing with triple receive antenna instantaneous real time display and same easy to use interface as Tracker DTS An intuitive mechanical searchtransmit switch makes it even easier to use right out of the box Thinner profile and harness than Tracker DTS Includes Special mode and multiple burial indicator lightsFeatures Weight 64 ounces181 grams without harness and batteries 104 ounces193 grams with harness and batteries Dimensions 5x35x1 inches13x85x25 cm rapid processor and simple user interface realtime digital display shows direction and distance Multiple burial indicator light bright red LEDs light emitting diodes uses three AAA alkaline batteries includes a protective carrying case Frequency 457 kHz Batteries three AAA alkaline Battery life minimum 1 hour in search mode after 200 hours in transmit mode approximately 250 hours in transmit only or 50 hours in search only Limited 5year warranty Assembled and tested in the USA Certified to be in compliance with all applicable North American and European norms

- Bentgate.com

The Backcountry Tracker2 Beacon offers the industry's fastest, most precise pinpointing, with triple receive antenna, instantaneous real-time display, and same easy-to-use interface as Tracker DTS.

- EMS