Beacons

Category

Avalanche Beacons
Locator Beacons

Brands

DeLorme
Backcountry Access
ACR
Ortovox
Mammut
SPOT
Pieps
Black Diamond
Garmin
Arva

Price

less than $25
$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 - $299.99
$300 - $399.99
$400 - $499.99
$500 and above

Recent Beacon Reviews

DeLorme inReach SE

rated 4 of 5 stars The safety of an SOS button connected via satellite to a monitoring response team combined with features you can use on every trip. Those features include two way texting including localized weather reports, live updating of your personal online map and others you can choose or ignore as desired. The device and subscription service are not cheap, but for those venturing far afield, especially those who go alone, it gives a good return on the investment. Lots of function packed into a pretty small… 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

DeLorme inReach Explorer

rated 5 of 5 stars I use my inReach in Alaska where there is no cell service.  When boating or cross-country skiing I can post my location to Facebook every hour or every 4-hours and restrict this information to specific users. I can also text to cell phones or email accounts to let folks know about my trip. The InReach also has an emergency SOS button in case emergency help is needed. Full review

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

Top-Rated Beacons

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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
DeLorme inReach Explorer Handheld GPS Receiver / Locator Beacon
$349
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Backcountry Access Tracker DTS Avalanche Beacon
$200 - $239
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
ACR ResQLink+ Locator Beacon
$269 - $279
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ortovox S1 Avalanche Beacon
$489
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
ACR ResQLink Locator Beacon
$325
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mammut Pulse Barryvox Avalanche Beacon
$392 - $490
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
SPOT Gen3 Locator Beacon
$150 - $169
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Backcountry Access Tracker 2 Avalanche Beacon
$230 - $379
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Pieps DSP Sport Avalanche Beacon
$256 - $319
Black Diamond BD/PIEPS Sport Avy Safety Set Avalanche Beacon / Snow Shovel / Avalanche Probe
$400
Backcountry Access Tracker 3 Avalanche Beacon
$268 - $335
ACR AquaLink PLB Locator Beacon
$330
 
Garmin T 5 Dog Device Locator Beacon
$250
Mammut Element Barryvox Avalanche Transceiver Avalanche Beacon
$280 - $394
Arva Evo 4 Avalanche Beacon
$232
Black Diamond BD/PIEPS Pro Avy Safety Set Avalanche Beacon / Snow Shovel / Avalanche Probe
$432 - $539
 
Arva Evo 3+ Avalanche Transceiver Avalanche Beacon
$210
ACR GlobalFix Pro Locator Beacon
$485
Ortovox S1+ Avalanche Beacon
$360
ACR AquaLink 406 View Locator Beacon
$499
Arva Beacon Holster Avalanche Beacon
$24
Ortovox 3+ Avalanche Beacon Avalanche Beacon
$339 - $489
Ortovox Zoom+ Avalanche Beacon
$340
SPOT Global Phone Locator Beacon
$499
 
Black Diamond PIEPS TX 600 Transmitter Avalanche Beacon
$150
 
Pieps Pouch Backup/TX 600 Avalanche Beacon
$15
Pieps TX 600 Transmitter Avalanche Beacon
$150
 
Black Diamond PIEPS DSP Ice Beacon Avalanche Beacon
$450
Pieps Backup Transmitter Avalanche Beacon
$118 - $149
Arva Neo Avalanche Beacon Avalanche Beacon
$288
Pieps DSP Pro Avalanche Beacon
$57 - $419
Pieps Micro Avalanche Beacon
$312 - $389
SPOT Trace Locator Beacon
$100
ACR GlobalFix iPro Locator Beacon
$650
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: 4 of 5 (5)
DeLorme inReach SE Locator Beacon / Handheld GPS Receiver
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
Pieps Checker Avalanche Beacon
ACR AquaLink 406 Locator Beacon
$499 MSRP
Pieps Vector Avalanche Beacon
Arva Evo3+ 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
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