Avalanche Beacons

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

Black Diamond Recon BT Avalanche Beacon added Jan 16, 2019
Black Diamond Guide BT Avy Safety Set added Jan 16, 2019
Black Diamond Guide BT Avalanche Beacon added Jan 16, 2019
$337 - $499
Black Diamond Recon BT Avy Safety Set added Jan 10, 2019
Arva Axio added Oct 5, 2018
$352 - $469
Arva Evo4 Pro added Oct 5, 2018
Pieps Micro added Oct 2, 2016
$375 - $389
Pieps DSP Ice Avalanche Beacon added Sep 25, 2016
Arva Evo 4 added Feb 3, 2015
Pieps TX 600 Transmitter added Oct 25, 2014
$120 - $149
Pieps Pouch Backup/TX 600 added Oct 25, 2014
Black Diamond BD/PIEPS Sport Avy Safety Set added Oct 16, 2014
Black Diamond BD/PIEPS Pro Avy Safety Set added Oct 16, 2014
Arva Beacon Holster added Oct 15, 2014
Arva Evo 3+ Avalanche Transceiver added Sep 24, 2014
Backcountry Access Tracker 3 added Feb 5, 2014
Arva Pro-W added Nov 11, 2013
Arva Neo added Oct 11, 2013
Mammut Pulse Light Avalanche Package added Oct 11, 2013
Ortovox 3+ Transceiver added Sep 12, 2013
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Pieps DSP Sport added Sep 6, 2013
Pieps DSP Pro added Sep 6, 2013
Arva Evo3+ added Jul 29, 2013
Ortovox Zoom+ added Oct 31, 2012
Ortovox 3+ added Oct 31, 2012
Pieps Backup Transmitter added Sep 4, 2012
Ortovox S1+ added May 26, 2012
$449 MSRP
Mammut Pulse Plus Avalanche Package added Jan 22, 2012
Mammut Element Expert Avalanche Package added Dec 12, 2011
Pieps iProbe DSP Tour Package added Dec 6, 2011
Mammut Element Plus Avalanche Package added Dec 5, 2011
Arva Axis added Nov 24, 2011
Mammut Element Barryvox Avalanche Transceiver added Nov 10, 2011
$350 MSRP
Pieps DSP Tour added Oct 2, 2011
Pieps TX Dog Avalanche Transmitter added Oct 2, 2011
Pieps Vector added Mar 21, 2011
Mammut Nirvana Ride Avalanche Package added Jan 3, 2011
Mammut Niva Ride Avalanche Package added Dec 15, 2010
Mammut Alugator Super Package added Oct 25, 2010
Pieps Freeride Tour Package added Oct 15, 2010
Arva 3 Axes added Sep 23, 2010
Arva Evo3 added Sep 23, 2010
Ortovox 3+ Avalanche Beacon added Jul 21, 2010
$349 MSRP
Arva Link added Jun 17, 2010
Pieps Checker added Jun 2, 2010
Mammut Alugator Super Expert package added Mar 26, 2010
Pieps iProbe DSP Package added Mar 2, 2010
Pieps iProbe Freeride Package added Mar 2, 2010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Backcountry Access Tracker 2 added Jan 14, 2010
$335 MSRP
Pieps DSP Elastic Lanyard added Dec 31, 2009