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Recent Beacon Reviews

DeLorme inReach Explorer

rated 5 of 5 stars This is a must have item on a backcountry thru hike! GPS satellite communication device with tracking and text messaging capability and SOS. I bought this device at a recent REI Garage sale for a steal! I've been wanting one for a long time and now I own one! I activated it immediately, which was easy to do. There are multiple different plans to choose from. I have loaded more than 50 trails and routes to the device and it is amazing! I'm super excited to have this device for my upcoming JMT thru… Full review

ACR ResQLink+

rated 4 of 5 stars Lightweight, small, and has the reliability of ACR behind it (I trust ACR locators). The ACR ResQLink+ is a replacement for my old heavy ACR TerraFix 406 PLB. The ResQLink+ is 1/4 the size of the old PLB and about 1/6 the weight of the older model. I had to use my old old PLB when I tore my right quad tendon while hiking White Oak Canyon in Shenandoah NP. Help did not arrive until I reached the parking lot. I got help from some ice climbers and a father and daughter out for the day.   At that time,the… Full review

SPOT Personal Tracker

rated 5 of 5 stars 15,000 miles, 31 countries, and the Spot Tracker performed really well. From remote areas to urban concrete jungles it never failed me. I used the Tracker on a recent trip so that people could follow live via the Tracker's webpage. 15,000 miles, 31 countries in 21 days and it performed very well. The only issues I had were batteries as I didn't have the space to carry supplies. I had no dead spots and the customized messages came in handy to let people know I was OK.  Full review

SPOT Personal Tracker

rated 5 of 5 stars Death comes to those that are not prepared. If you want to get lost and die then do not buy. If you want your life and want your stuff then this is for you. I am 78 years old and a rather disabled old lady. I like to drive thru Death Valley and there are lots of places with no cell service. My daughter always knows how to track me and if I spend too long in any one spot she can send help. We have a two hour agreement on how long is too long.   Spot is even great in town where there is cell service. Full review

ACR ResQLink+

rated 5 of 5 stars I rate this PLB a full 5.0 as it has the strongest signal and over a 4-6 year period is less expensive then either the Spot 3 or the DeLorme. Ease of Use:   The ResQLink cannot be easier to use. One button to test. One button to call for help. Features:   Two button operation, easy to use Signal goes directly to Search and Rescue, rather then a call center Built-in strobe light Construction and Durability: - Well, I just purchased it, but it seems very well made Conditions: Took it into the Grand… Full review

DeLorme inReach SE

rated 4 of 5 stars It worked when I really needed it in the Sierras (and was a comfort in Mongolia). I bought this device as my "rattlesnake plan." My plan is to always carry it on hikes as my Plan B if I get bitten (or break a leg, etc) too far from the trailhead for cell service and too far for my wife to find her way out (poor sense of direction). I bought it on sale at REI--$50 off plus $50 service credit, so effectively $200. I've used it on numerous day hikes in the SF Bay area and the Sierras and I used it… Full review

SPOT Gen3

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Excellent insurance for the solo hiker, hunter, or fisher(person). I am a solo hiker, hunter, and fisherman who needs some insurance against accidents in the wild. I live within half an hour of the national forest, but if I got lost or had a serious accident off the trail, the results could be catastrophic without a GPS locating device. I've used the SPOT 3 twice this summer and find its periodic reporting of my precise location very satisfactory. 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

DeLorme inReach SE

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A phenomenal upgrade! Two-way text communication, SOS/ 24-hour search and rescue, tracking with ability to share GPS location, 100% global coverage. Facebook and Twitter updates. Released June 2013, a phenomenal upgrade! Features (Pros): 2-way text communication, SOS/ 24-hour search and rescue, tracking with ability to share GPS location, 100% global coverage. Facebook and Twitter updates. Maps, when integrated with smartphone. It allows tracking points and website location, which was great when… Full review

Top-Rated Beacons

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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Backcountry Access Tracker DTS Avalanche Beacon
$240
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
ACR ResQLink+ Locator Beacon
$269 - $279
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DeLorme inReach Explorer Handheld GPS Receiver / Locator Beacon
$380
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
ACR ResQLink Locator Beacon
$325
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mammut Pulse Barryvox Avalanche Beacon
$45 - $490
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
DeLorme inReach SE Locator Beacon / Handheld GPS Receiver
$300
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
SPOT Gen3 Locator Beacon
$150
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Backcountry Access Tracker 2 Avalanche Beacon
$300
Black Diamond BD/PIEPS Sport Avy Safety Set Avalanche Beacon / Snow Shovel / Avalanche Probe
$390
Backcountry Access Tracker 3 Avalanche Beacon
$335
 
Garmin T 5 Dog Device Locator Beacon
$250
Mammut Element Barryvox Avalanche Transceiver Avalanche Beacon
$350 - $439
Arva Evo 4 Avalanche Beacon
$203
Black Diamond BD/PIEPS Pro Avy Safety Set Avalanche Beacon / Snow Shovel / Avalanche Probe
$540
 
Arva Evo 3+ Avalanche Transceiver Avalanche Beacon
$210
ACR GlobalFix Pro Locator Beacon
$430
ACR AquaLink 406 View Locator Beacon
$499
Arva Beacon Holster Avalanche Beacon
$24
Ortovox 3+ Avalanche Beacon Avalanche Beacon
$405 - $489
SPOT Global Phone Locator Beacon
$499
Pieps Pouch Backup/TX 600 Avalanche Beacon
$4
 
Pieps TX 600 Transmitter Avalanche Beacon
$150
Pieps DSP Sport Avalanche Beacon
$320
Pieps DSP Pro Avalanche Beacon
$95 - $419
Pieps TX Dog Avalanche Transmitter Avalanche Beacon
$55
SPOT Trace Locator Beacon
$100
Ortovox 3+ Transceiver Avalanche Beacon
$339
ACR GlobalFix iPro Locator Beacon
$680
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger Locator Beacon
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
McMurdo Fast Find 210 Locator Beacon
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
SPOT Connect Locator Beacon
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ortovox D1 Doggy Transmitter Avalanche Beacon
user rating: 3 of 5 (17)
SPOT Personal Tracker Locator Beacon
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
DeLorme inReach Handheld GPS Receiver / Locator Beacon
$250 MSRP
ACR AquaLink PLB Locator Beacon
Pieps Checker Avalanche Beacon
ACR AquaLink 406 Locator Beacon
$499 MSRP
Pieps Vector Avalanche Beacon
Ortovox S1+ Avalanche Beacon
$449 MSRP
Arva Evo3+ Avalanche Beacon
Ortovox Zoom+ Avalanche Beacon
Ortovox Patroller Digital Avalanche Beacon
$249 MSRP
Arva Pro-W Avalanche Beacon
Pieps DSP Elastic Lanyard Avalanche Beacon
Arva Link Avalanche Beacon
Pieps Freeride Avalanche Beacon
 
Pieps Backup Transmitter Avalanche Beacon
Arva Neo Avalanche Beacon Avalanche Beacon
Pieps DSP Avalanche Beacon
Ortovox 3+ Avalanche Beacon
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