Ortovox S1

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The best beacon I have ever used! Combing digital…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: full price

The best beacon I have ever used! Combing digital and analog technology for a fully function avalanche tool that includes multiple signal identification and separation, depth perception, a graphics display that is easy to see with sun glasses on and the simplistic operate. Open the beacon up to switch to receive mode, look and hear then follow the screen icons to directly over the buried victim. It calculates flux lines and brings you directly to the victim. at 3 meters it switches to a focused search and hones in on the transmitting unit. Flag the first person, cal for a digger and go to the next burial. The first one found can still be seen as a flag.

It took Ortovox a long tome to perfect this tool, but the wait was worth it! I love mine and I know I have a tool that will work with any beacon made as well as make my job easier when and if I ever encounter my next avalanche.

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Description of Ortovox S1 Transciever with Pro ALU II ShovelOrtovox views itself as an innovative enterprise with high-quality, user-friendly and natural products for safe and pleasurable activities in nature. Ortovox stands for outstanding service, a confident and reliable partnership and the 1st choice of the prosThe large display shows the relative location of all the buried victims. Bearing lines and direction arrows lead you quickly to the victims. The pinpoint location functions just as efficiently as it does precisely, even displaying the burial depth. Fully automatic signal separation with pinning function professional mode for multiple burials. The S1 is updateable and thus remains always at the cutting edge of technology. Fully automatic switchover transmission receptionIn life-threatening situations, seconds are decisive. The nervousness increases. Stress. Fear. The simplest things are no longer remembered. Therefore, S1 starts the search without any additional commands or the pressing of buttons in a certain way. The S1 is already in the automatic search mode by just opening.There are two basic functionsTransmittingThe S1 is switched on and snapped shut. The two blinking LEDs on the side of the device can always be monitored through openings in the practical neoprene bag.ReceivingThe S1 automatically switches to search mode when it is open. But the S1 is even smarter. If it is not moved for some time, it switches itself back into the transmit mode. This increases safety in case of a follow-up avalanche.Detailed situation analysis at a glanceThe Ortovox S1 scanner finds all your friends. The large display gives an overview of the whole situation and makes the search as efficient as possible. The information about distance and location of buried victims enable the analysis of the situation and coordination of volunteers within just a few moments.The S1 offers much more success in the detection of multiple victims. Comparison tests with other avalanche transceivers show that detecting three buried victims with the S1 on average takes only half as long.Accurate navigation using bearing line and direction arrowWith the aid of the bearing line, the navigator leads reliably, quickly and safely to the victim.The technology normally applied in aviation was used in Ortovox avalanche transceivers for the first time.The bearing line is aligned to the victims symbol and indicates the search direction.Gain life-saving time with the S1 HowIts quite simple. Instead of running after the constantly changing direction arrows, follow the display that directs you to the burials. With the aid of the bearing line, the S1 enables the seeker to navigate always along the field line.Visual pinpointing of location fast and preciseFrom experience, pinpointing the location takes the most time. But it is precisely this time that the buried victims dont have. Therefore Ortovox developed the patented circular display. It helps to locate buried victims much faster and more accurately than other avalanche transceivers. It shows visually and acoustically whether you are approaching or moving away in precise increments of five centimeters.This provides unparalleled accuracy and speed. Anyone who has seen how much time can be saved with just a few, effective probe thrusts, knows how valuable a precise pinpointing of location can be.Updateable through software updatesThe best is never good enough. We try to do justice to this demand every day. We have created an infrared interface to always incorporate new ideas and improvements in the S1. Updates can be done at authorized dealers. More information on this topic can be found in the service section FeaturesReceive function Digital sensor-controlledNo. of antennas 3Maximum range circular up to 60 mDisplay Display of relative position and distance to the victim bearing line and direction arrowMultiple burials Displays number of buried victims up to 4, pinning functionAdditional features Inclinometer, temperature display, compass, acoustic emergency reception, self test, updateComes with Pro ALU II Shovel

- US Outdoor Store

CLOSEOUTS . Designed by the leading manufacturer of avalanche safety equipment, Ortovox, the S1+ avalanche transceiver features signal separation and marking functions for quick, accurate pinpointing of burial victims. The S1 also has fully automatic switch-over from transmission to reception, saving you valuable seconds during rescue situations. Available Colors: ORANGE/BLUE, BLACK/RAVEN.

- Sierra Trading Post

Get the Ortovox S1 Tour Deluxe Package when you want to upgrade your avy gear or want the most advanced gear when you start touring. The new-classic S1 Beacon delivers sensor controlled scanning, an easy-to-read display, and a beefy range to help you speed up multiple burial recoveries. A choice for guides all over Europe and North America, the S1 also includes an inclinometer, thermometer, and compass to further assist your decision making in avalanche terrain.

- Backcountry.com

In the event of an avalanche situation, be able to find all your friends quickly with Ortovox's S1 sensor-controlled avalanche transceiver that displays real time visual information for quick, simple searching. The S1 simultaneously scans all signals in an avalanche zone and displays them graphically on an easy-to-read screen showing the position and distance to each signal so you spend less time searching thus better increasing the chance of survival.

- Mountain Gear

The Ortovox S1 Avalanche Transceiver features an illuminated display, an electronic compass, a temperature display and even a slope-measuring device, which when determining the slope gradient, one of the most important criteria for assessing avalanche risk, provides an invaluable service. Naturally the S1 beacon comes with a functional holster and offers numerous additional options for professionals: for example an extensive check function for the group test before a skiing expedition.Ortovox S1 Avalanche Transceiver Specifications: Function: Digital and Sensor controlledFrequency: 457 kHzRange: 65 mBattery: 3 x AAA LR3 Mini 1.5VTransmitting: 350 hWeight: 260 gSize: 120 x 80 x 30 mmWarranty: 5 The Ortovox Professional Alu II shovel is a light and rugged necessity for backcountry travel.Ortovox Professional Alu II shovel features: Ergonomic grip offers the best grip for left and right handers, and can be used with gloves or mittens.Extendable handle.Aluminum/magnesium blade with sharp edges ideal for cutting into consolidated snow and avalanche debris. Special purchase! S1 price is normally $499.95, and the shovel is $69. Get this transceiver/shovel package for less than the price of the transceiver alone. Stock on hand only.

- OMCgear

Ortovox S1


The S1 has been discontinued.

previously retailed for:
$149.99 - $774.95

The Ortovox S1 is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen June 18, 2014 at Sierra Trading Post.

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