Ortovox 3+ Avalanche Beacon

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Beacon, shovel, probe. Your dawn-patrol mantra. The holy trinity. However you think of it, Ortovox is looking out, helping to make your life easier and safer by offering all three backcountry essentials together in the 3+ Avalanche Rescue Package because, like stooges, they only really work when they're all together. The 3+ Avalanche Beacon, Beast Shovel, and 240 Light PFA Probe, combined with education, experience, and careful decision making, are the most important tools you can take with you into the backcountry. The grandaddy of the package is the 3+ Avalanche Beacon, a 3-antenna digital stud with a 40m range that runs on a single alkaline battery. It can search for and flag up to 3 burials, with an icon that indicates if there are 4 or more, and an intuitive circular display that shows distance and direction, complete with audio cues for easier searching. There's also a secondary avalanche switchover, which will switch back to transmit if it senses the beacon hasn't moved in 120 seconds, indicating the searcher has been buried in a secondary slide. In transmit mode, the 3+ will automatically send its signal from the antenna that's oriented at the most favorable angle, eliminating dead spots and signal traps that can drastically reduce the range of a transmitting beacon. A self-test occurs every time it switches on to ensure that it's in good working order, and Ortovox included a Recco reflector, so the 3+ still has limited transmit functionality even if it runs out of batteries. Once you've located a burial with your beacon, break out your 240 Light PFA Probe and assemble it using the quick and easy PFA tensioning systemone pull on the T-grip handle and the Dyneema cord snaps the probe into place, giving you 240mm of lightweight aluminum probing power. The 240 has an EVA foam grip to make assembly and search slip-free, and depth marks to help with snowpack analysis. You've established the location of the victim, so now it's time to dig. Grab the lig...

- Backcountry.com

Get the gear needed for backcountry travel with the Ortovox Avalanche Rescue kit. It includes the Ortovox 3+ RECCO avalanche transceiver, the Beast avalanche shovel and the 240 Light PFA probe.


The 3+ is a three-antenna device with a special extra function to first enhance your own safety. The intelligent position recognition system analyzes the position of the antennas and automatically switches to the optimal transmitting antenna. There is no longer any such thing as the 'worst position'. The circular display lets you focus on the essentials. The distance to and the relative position of a victim. Always align the device to the arrow. The solid arrow and the central distance value keep you going in the right direction. The 3+ allows you to maintain an overview even with multiple burials. The number of victims is shown in the display. As soon as you have found the first one you can blend out their signal with the pin key. The victim is displayed as pinned and you can immediately continue with your search.

- CampSaver.com

For the most valuable backcountry products in one box, look no further than the Ortovox Avalanche Rescue Kit. With the 3+ avalanche transceiver, Beast shovel, 240 Light PFA probe, and Safety Academy Guide Book, you'll have everything you need to enjoy backcountry trips safely.. . . 3+ Avalanche Transceiver:~ Patented Smart-Antenna-Technology detects the position of the buried victim and switches to the optimal transmission antenna~ Signal separation technology allows you to flag multiple burials, and a real-time display indicates the direction and numerical distance of your target~ Recco reflector inside as backup-Recco technology allows professional rescuers to quickly find avalanche victims and is used by more than 700 ski areas and rescue teams around the world ~ Precise partner/group tests check transmitter frequency, pulse duration, and transmission period~ Motion sensor automatically switches the beacon back to transmit mode in case rescuers are caught by an additional avalanche~ Maximum range/search strip width of up to 40 m (131 ft)~ One AA battery provides up to 250 hours of transmission time~ Dimensions: 4.8 x 2.9 x 1.1 in~ Weight: 7 oz. Beast Shovel:~ 5052 aluminum blade virtually disappears inside touring packs to save space Offers optimal ratio between weight and rigidity~ 6061 aluminum T6 shaft is oval shaped for stiffness and breakage resistance~ Ergonomic T-handle and sanded grip allow for more efficient shoveling~ Weight: 690 g (1 lb. 8.3 oz.) ~ Length: 43 cm (16.9 in.) folded / 86 cm (33.8 in.) extended~ Scoop: 26 x 21 x 5 cm (10.2 x 8.2 x 2 in.). 240 Light PFA Probe:~ PFA quick-release tensioning system and rugged Dyneema draw line extend probe within seconds~ EVA foam grip sleeve is comfortable, ergonomic, and protects your h