Beacons

The best beacons, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on June 18, 2018. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Beacon Reviews

Garmin inReach Explorer+

rated 4 of 5 stars Best option on the market for a cross between a locator beacon and a cell phone when cell coverage is not available. GPS features aren't great for typical Garmin products, but still serves its purpose. Overall it's a great product and I feel it will serve its purpose well for my upcoming solo backpacking trip in Alaska where cell coverage is non-existent. I don't really need the mapping ability, but it was a nice plus. The primary reason I bought it was for the SOS capability, secondary was to… Full review

SPOT Personal Tracker

rated 0.5 of 5 stars Decent product, crooked company. Got the SPOT secondhand. Activated at about $150, which was decent. It was great to have for communicating with my wife regarding my trip status and whereabouts. One year later, SPOT charges my CC $230 for the exact same service with absolutely no warning. Apparently, if you use their device you agree to their terms and conditions. The terms and conditions include: auto-renewal, increase in fees, no refunds, and negative credit reporting if you fail to pay. Oh, and… Full review

Garmin inReach Explorer+

rated 4.5 of 5 stars If you're looking to combine your messaging and GPS needs into one device, this is it. I've acquired this GPS for a solid price of $300 through incentives of my workplace, and its the best $300 I've spent on gear. This GPS has accompanied me on any challenging hike, backpacking trip, backcountry skiing, or any trip into the mountains.  Communication (Requires subscription) As shown in some pictures I've uploaded, this GPS doesn't anything special in terms of features. But what it does do it does… Full review

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,… 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

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
ACR ResQLink+ Locator Beacon
$290 - $325
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
ACR ResQLink Locator Beacon
$325
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
SPOT Gen3 Locator Beacon
$150
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Backcountry Access Tracker 2 Avalanche Beacon
$256 - $379
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Garmin inReach Explorer+ Locator Beacon / Handheld
$450
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Pieps DSP Sport Avalanche Beacon
$300 - $319
Garmin inReach Mini Locator Beacon
$350
Backcountry Access Tracker 3 Avalanche Beacon
$335
Pieps Checker Avalanche Beacon
$30
Mammut Barryvox Opto 3000 Avalanche Beacon
$280
Arva Evo 4 Avalanche Beacon
$290
Ortovox S1+ Avalanche Beacon
$489
ACR AquaLink 406 View Locator Beacon
$473 - $499
Arva Neo Avalanche Beacon
$280 - $349
Arva Evo3+ Avalanche Beacon
$370
Ortovox 3+ Avalanche Beacon Avalanche Beacon
$420
Arva Axio Avalanche Beacon
$376 - $469
Ortovox Zoom+ Avalanche Beacon
$289 - $350
Pieps TX 600 Transmitter Avalanche Beacon
$150
Garmin inReach SE+ Locator Beacon / Handheld
$320 - $399
Pieps Backup Transmitter Avalanche Beacon
$118 - $149
Arva Evo4 Pro Avalanche Beacon
$310
Pieps Micro Avalanche Beacon
$390
Ortovox 3+ Avalanche Beacon
$340
SPOT Trace Locator Beacon
$100
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger Locator Beacon
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
DeLorme inReach Explorer Handheld GPS Receiver / Locator Beacon
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
McMurdo Fast Find 210 Locator Beacon
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Backcountry Access Tracker DTS Avalanche Beacon
$290 MSRP
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: 5 of 5 (1)
Mammut Pulse Barryvox Avalanche Beacon
$490 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
DeLorme inReach SE Locator Beacon / Handheld
user rating: 3 of 5 (18)
SPOT Personal Tracker Locator Beacon
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
DeLorme inReach Handheld GPS Receiver / Locator Beacon
$250 MSRP
Black Diamond BD/PIEPS Sport Avy Safety Set Avalanche Beacon / Shovel / Probe
ACR AquaLink PLB Locator Beacon
Mammut Element Barryvox Avalanche Transceiver Avalanche Beacon
$350 MSRP
Black Diamond BD/PIEPS Pro Avy Safety Set Avalanche Beacon / Shovel / Probe
ACR AquaLink 406 Locator Beacon
$499 MSRP
ACR GlobalFix Pro Locator Beacon
Arva Pro-W Avalanche Beacon
SPOT Global Phone Locator Beacon
Pieps Freeride Avalanche Beacon
Pieps DSP Avalanche Beacon
Pieps DSP Pro Avalanche Beacon
Ortovox 3+ Transceiver Avalanche Beacon
ACR SARLink 406 View Locator Beacon
$649 MSRP
ACR GlobalFix iPro Locator Beacon
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ortovox S1 Avalanche Beacon
discontinued