Avalanche Beacons

The best avalanche beacons, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on January 4, 2017. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Avalanche Beacon Reviews

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

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

Mammut Pulse Barryvox

rated 5 of 5 stars It works. Have carried mine for 3 years. Replaced batteries every year though they still show 85%. Good range when tested on buried beacons. I like the one hand to turn on, two hands to turn off feature. Fits in a pocket well. Has adequate leash. Full review

Backcountry Access Tracker 2

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This is such a simple transceiver to use. I'd recommend it for any recreational user. It's also commonly used by ski patrollers. 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… Full review

Ortovox D1 Doggy Transmitter

rated 5 of 5 stars I use the Ortovox doggy transmitter 150 - 200 times a year to find my dogs below ground, and with a Strongstuff dog collar it's the most safe way to work my terriers. Full review

Backcountry Access Tracker DTS

rated 5 of 5 stars There is a reason that this beacon is #1. It is very inexpensive and easy to use. It has a great range of up to 50 meters in my experience. It's quick and easy, and worth the money. You won't be sorry with this beacon. -mark Full review

Ortovox D3

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This is one of the easiest transceivers I have ever used. With the directional lights, sound and number indicators, it makes searching simple and fast. I like the holster because it fits snugly against your body and makes it quick and easy to remove when switching to search mode. It is also easy to switch from transmit to search and has a much faster response time then some of the other brands I have tried. I highly recommend this product to all my backcountry friends. Update: March 18, 2009 Easy… Full review

Ortovox S1

rated 5 of 5 stars 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… Full review

user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Backcountry Access Tracker DTS
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ortovox S1
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Backcountry Access Tracker 2
$256 - $379
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Pieps DSP Sport
$225 - $319
Black Diamond BD/PIEPS Sport Avy Safety Set Avalanche Beacon / Shovel / Probe
Backcountry Access Tracker 3
$301 - $335
Pieps Checker
Mammut Barryvox Opto 3000
Arva Evo 4
$232 - $289
Ortovox S1+
$342 - $489
Arva Neo
$280 - $349
Arva Evo3+
Arva Axio
$376 - $469
Ortovox Zoom+
$202 - $350
Pieps Backup Transmitter
$112 - $149
Arva Evo4 Pro
Pieps Micro
$292 - $389
Ortovox 3+
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ortovox D1 Doggy Transmitter
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mammut Pulse Barryvox
$490 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Ortovox D3
Mammut Element Expert Avalanche Package
Pieps Freeride Tour Package
Mammut Niva Ride Avalanche Package
Mammut Element Plus Avalanche Package
Arva Axis
Pieps iProbe DSP Tour Package
Mammut Element Barryvox Avalanche Transceiver
$350 MSRP
Black Diamond BD/PIEPS Pro Avy Safety Set Avalanche Beacon / Shovel / Probe
Mammut Nirvana Avalanche Package
Arva Evo 3+ Avalanche Transceiver
Pieps iProbe DSP Package
Pieps Vector
Arva Beacon Holster
Mammut Alugator Expert Package
Arva Evo3
Mammut Nirvana Ride Avalanche Package
Ortovox 3+ Avalanche Beacon
$349 MSRP
Pieps DSP Advanced
Pieps DSP Ice Avalanche Beacon
Mammut Freeride Avalanche Package
Arva 3 Axes
Ortovox Patroller Digital
$249 MSRP
Ortovox F1 Focus
$199 MSRP
Arva Pro-W
Pieps DSP Elastic Lanyard
Mammut Alugator Super Package
Survival on Snow F1-ND
Pieps iProbe Freeride Package
Pieps Pouch Backup/TX 600