How To Choose The BEST Avalanche Beacon

How to Choose the BEST Avalanche Beacon and Why it May Mean the Difference Between Life and Death.

Listed below are all of the current Avalanche Beacons on the market with many of their features that will help you choose an Avalanche Beacon.

ARVA EVO4 Clip for Safe

The EVO story continues with the brand new EVO4. Thanks to a new design, a true-marking function and a new LCD screen, this well-known device is getting an overhaul; it is better and more efficient than ever before. Pulling features from the innovations of the NEO, the new EVO4 display is more intuitive and allows you to quickly identify the number of victims involved in a search. Rounding out the features with a group–check function and the classic CLIP FOR SAFE system, this beacon is an affordable no-brainer for snow enthusiasts entering the backcountry.

ARVA EVO4 Clip for Safe

ARVA EVO5

The EVO5, the latest arrival in our line of transceivers, capitalizes on ARVA’s 35-year expertise to fit in the palm of your hand. Our R&D team pushed the size/performance ratio past the edge of the envelope to create a device that fits perfectly in your snow pants’ pocket. With a 50m search strip width, group check, mark function, and an automatic revert-to-transmit mode, the EVO5 is jam packed with all of the essential functions needed to rescue an avalanche victim. Equipped with a backlit screen and a speaker that emits a precise, modulated beep, this transceiver will efficiently and effectively guide you to the burial zone.

ARVA EVO5

ARVA Neo BT Pro

With a search strip width of 80 m and Bluetooth technology, it will appeal to both professionals and the new generation of backcountry enthusiasts. Users can connect their NEO BT PRO to the ARVA app to access a wide range of services, including setting up their transceiver, planning an outing, or even practicing rescues. Experts will appreciate the enhanced analog mode with automatic calibration and a maximum range of 90 meters. For multiple burial situations, the SCROLLING mode offers rescuers maximum efficiency during the search phase. The NEO BT PRO is equipped with a soft holster to fit a wide range of body types.

ARVA NEO BT Pro

BCA Tracker 3+

The BCA Tracker3+ avalanche beacon has Tracker’s renowned ease of use and instantaneous real-time display. Designed to be “pocket friendly,” T3+ is our smallest, thinnest Tracker. Signal suppression and Big Picture modes for no-nonsense multiple-victim searching. Motion-sensing auto revert-to-transmit mode. It features a Mini USB port for downloadable software updates.

BCA Tracker 3+

BCA Tracker 4

Saving lives is what we do best. BCA invented the digital multi-antenna avalanche beacon, and the Tracker™ 4 is more durable than ever before. Our Tracker avalanche beacons are the most widely used in North America—with a reputation worldwide as the industry benchmark in ease of use and simplicity.

Tracker™ 4 upholds the Tracker tradition with an ergonomic, bombproof case, and a big new display for workhorses tough on their gear. Featuring Signal Suppression (SS) and Big Picture (BP) modes for no-nonsense multiple-victim searching. Motion-sensing auto revert-to-transmit mode (AR). Plus a Mini USB port for downloadable software updates.

BCA Tracker 4

BCA Tracker S

The BCA Tracker S™ Avalanche Beacon has the performance, ease of use and instantaneous real-time display of the Tracker3, without motion-sensing or upgradeable software, which are advanced features needed by snow professionals while in an avalanche area. This Backcountry Access beacon is used to find people while in an avalanche and prevent death or injury by locating the transceiver.

BCA Tracker S

Black Diamond Guide BT

An industry-leading, professional-grade avalanche beacon, the new Black Diamond Guide BT features cutting-edge features for long-range and multiple burial searching, and Bluetooth functionality.

Black Diamond Guide BT

Black Diamond Recon X

The Recon X is a streamlined beacon making it perfect for everyday backcountry travelers. With 60-meter circular range, three antennas, and a Bluetooth connection allowing you to manage setting and software updates from your phone, the Recon X has all the features needed for fast, accurate searches in the event of a slide.

Black Diamond Recon X

Mammut Barryvox

A digital three-antenna device reduced to the essential functions. The Barryvox® scores well on simple navigation and clear instructions. With a large receiving bandwidth and an effective search strip width of 70 meters, it offers users a simple interface and intuitive operation. From an easy-to-read display to buttons that can be operated even wearing gloves, shock-proof and break-proof housing and a revolutionarily simple visual interface, the Barryvox® shows that powerful performance and sophisticated search guidance do not need to be complicated.

Mammut Barryvox

Mammut Barryvox S

Digital/analog combo device with three antennas. The new Barryvox® S has a large receiving bandwidth and an effective search strip width of 70 meters. It offers users a large, simple interface and intuitive operation. The Smart Search function provides clear instructions thanks to a simple operating concept and quick, precise searching. The Barryvox® S includes the Rescue SEND function to protect non-searching rescuers. In the event of a secondary avalanche, the device automatically switches to SEND in order to locate buried rescuers. The Barryvox® S is also equipped with a Smart Search function, which interacts with the actions of searching rescuers.

Mammut Barryvox S

Ortovox Diract

From beginners to experienced users: The DIRACT VOICE will reliably and quickly guide you to your buried companion in an emergency.

The display is stable from first reception, which reduces stress in an emergency and helps speed up the search. The three-antenna device comes equipped with Smart-Antenna Technology, which analyzes the device’s location in the avalanche and automatically switches to the best transmitting antenna. This means you get up to double the range and will be found more quickly!

Ortovox Diract

Ortovox Diract Voice

Thanks to its streamlined, logical design, the DIRACT VOICE is intuitive and easy to use, because using just one button you can quickly flag burial victims or switch to standby mode. Secondary avalanche protection automatically switches from search-and-standby mode to transmit mode to guarantee the searcher full protection. Even in extreme light conditions, the full-graphic, extra-large screen is easy to read and, thanks to clear instructions and a 360-degree real-time display, ensures intuitive user guidance in stressful situations.

Ortovox Diract Voice

PIEPS Micro BT Button / Race

The PIEPS MICRO BT RACE is the smallest, lightest and most intuitive 3-antenna avalanche beacon from PIEPS.

  • PIEPS LIGHTWEIGHT: Ultra light avalanche beacon on the (150 g)
  • smallest avalanche transceiver on the market (106 x 74 x 20 mm)
  • Lightweight hard case carrying system

PIEPS Micro BT Button / Race

PIEPS Micro BT Sensor

The PIEPS MICRO BT sensor is the most intuitive avalanche beacon with automatic switching from transmit mode to search mode.

WIRELESS DEVICE MANAGEMENT with Bluetooth and PIEPS APP.

PIEPS Micro BT Sensor

PIEPS Powder BT

True to this motto, the avalanche beacons of the PIEPS POWDER SERIES are suitable for everyone, whether for ski touring, ski mountaineering or freeriding.

Devices in this series are easy to use and feature exclusive PIEPS safety technology, without compromise.

The PIEPS POWDER BT is easy to operate, thoughtfully designed and solidly built.

PIEPS Pro BT

The PIEPS PRO SERIES is made for professionals in mountain sports. Whether a mountain guide, ski guide or rescue team, the devices of this series offer the latest technology and best performance in any situation.

The PIEPS PRO BT offers a range of advanced features for professionals.

The SCAN function can be used to efficiently solve scenarios where multiple people are buried in snow.

PIEPS Pro BT

PIEPS Pro IPS

After more than four years of development, PIEPS presents a new, groundbreaking avalanche transceiver that heralds a new era: the PIEPS PRO IPS with 80m search strip width and an especially stable transmission and search performance thanks to its INTERFERENCE PROTECTION SYSTEM (IPS) and DUAL ANTENNA SIGNAL PROCESSING (DASP) technology.

These groundbreaking innovations make the PIEPS PRO IPS the absolute benchmark of avalanche beacons. The Interference Protection System reduces the influence of interference in transmit mode as best as possible. DASP enables unprecedented signal stability during search through simultaneous signal processing of the X and Y antennas.

PIEPS Pro IPS

Final Thoughts

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Arva Evo4 with Clip for Safe Beacon Black 2024
  • Evo4 Beacon: The Evo4 Beacon is known for its reliability and ease of use in avalanche rescue situations.
  • Added Safety: Comes with a specially designed clip to securely attach the beacon to your clothing or gear for added safety.
  • Multiple Antennas: Equipped with three antennas for improved signal reception and search accuracy.
  • Mark Function: Includes a marking function to flag buried victims during the search process.
  • Intuitive Controls: Simple and intuitive controls make it accessible for both beginners and experienced users.

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Arva Evo 5 Combo Kit 2023
  • Includes Evo5 avalanche transceiver for advanced signal detection.
  • Spark 240 Probe offers a 240 cm probing depth for efficient snowpack analysis.
  • Access Ts Shovel features a telescopic handle for compact storage.
  • Designed with cutting-edge technology for reliable backcountry safety.
  • Ideal for experienced backcountry enthusiasts seeking top-tier equipment.

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Arva Neo BT Pro Avalanche Beacon 2023
  • Cutting-edge Technology: The Neo Bt Pro Beacon 2024 features advanced Bluetooth connectivity for seamless communication with your smartphone and other beacons.
  • Multiple Antennas: Equipped with three antennas for improved search precision in avalanche rescue scenarios.
  • Intuitive Interface: A user-friendly interface with a large digital display and intuitive controls ensures ease of use in high-stress situations.
  • Long Battery Life: Offers extended battery life to provide reliable performance throughout your backcountry adventures.
  • Auto-Revert Mode: Automatically switches back to transmit mode if the user is immobile for a certain period, enhancing safety.

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Backcountry Access Tracker3+ Avalanche Transceiver
  • 3-Antenna Digital Transceiver
  • Multiple Burial Indicator
  • Auto Revert Mode
  • Includes Harness and Batteries
  • Limited 5-Year Manufacturer Warranty
  • English (Publication Language)

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Backcountry Access Tracker S Avalanche Transceiver
  • Frequency: 457 kHz
  • Max Range: 55 meters
  • Search Strep Width: 50 meters
  • Battery Life: Minimum 1 hour in search mode after 200 hours in transmit mode.

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BLACK DIAMOND Equipment Bd Guide Bt Beacon
  • Housing with soft-touch contact points for improved ergonomics and handling
  • Bluetooth functionality allows user to manage settings, software updates and optimization
  • Three antennas provide 60-Meter Circular range for extended, symmetrical search area
  • Mark and scan function for multiple burial scenarios
  • Digital Signal Processor to pick up beacons transmitting drifted signals

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BLACK DIAMOND Equipment Bd Recon X Beacon
  • A premium avalanche beacon outfitted with all the features needed for fast, accurate searches in the event of a slide
  • 60-meter circular range for extended symmetrical search area. Three antennas. 3 AAA Batteries. 400 Hour battery life
  • Housing with soft touch contact points for improved ergonomics and handling
  • Mark function for multiple burial scenarios. Interference protection in both search and send modes. Frequency: 457 KHZ ((EN300718))
  • . Lightweight harness-style carrying pouch included. Compatible with iProbe for added search capabilities

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Mammut Barryvox Avalanche Beacon
  • Effective digital search strip width: 70 meters
  • Digital receiving range: 70 meters
  • Circular receiving field: almost identical receiving range for X and Y antennas
  • Display: display with background lighting, very easy to read even when wearing polarized glasses
  • Acoustic search guidance: allows the rescuer to visually search the avalanche field

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Mammut Barryvox S Avalanche Beacon
  • Effective digital search strip width: 70 meters
  • Digital receiving range: 70 meters
  • Extended search range: extended receiving bandwidth (analog): up to 95 m; Extended search strip width (analog): 100 m
  • Circular receiving field: almost identical receiving range for X and Y antennas
  • Lithium-enabled: also works with lithium batteries: Less risk of leakage. More stable in low temperatures. Longer battery life (350 hours SEND)

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Ortovox Diract Avalanche Transceiver for Emergency Search & Snow Rescue
  • Use Case: Avalanche transceiver with integrated audio and visual support for coarse and fine search in emergency situations (Specs: 7.9 x 12 x 2.3 cm, 210g)
  • Simple Operation: Extremely intuitive operation with 360-degree real-time display helps gain precious life-saving seconds
  • Protects: Uses Smart Antenna technology to ensure you are found more quickly; feeaturing 3 antennas and a search strip width up to 50m
  • Rechargeable: The Diract comes with a rechargeable low-temperature battery that is especially long-lasting and environmentally friendly; even at -20°C, the low-temperature battery provides a reliable power supply, and unlike normal batteries, it will not leak
  • Visibility: Even in extreme light conditions, the full-graphic, extra-large screen is easy to read and, thanks to clear instructions and a 360-degree real-time display; intuitive user guidance even in stressful situations

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Ortovox Diract Voice Avalanche Transceiver
  • Use Case: Avalanche transceiver with integrated voice navigation helps reliably guide you in an emergency (Specs: 79 x 120 x 23, 7.4oz.)
  • Intuitive Design: Streamlined, logical design; Diract Voice is highly intuitive, very easy to use
  • Safety: Three-antenna device comes equipped with Smart-Antenna Technology which analyzes the device’s precise location in an avalanche and automatically responds optimizing response time
  • Visual and Acoustic Search: Clear speech navigation (DE, EN, FR, IT, ES, NOR, SV, CZ, NL) in simple spoken instruction tell you what to do in every phase of your search in addition to full graphic, large screen with 360-real-time-display, to keep you calm during an emergency avalanche situation
  • Additional Features: Bluetooth, rechargeable battery, waterproof, flagging function, Recco Reflector inside, group check, permanent self-testing and standby mode; automatic switchover in case of a secondary avalanche

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Black Diamond Equipment Quickdraw Pro Probe 240
  • Dual Quickdraw speed ferrules provide extremely fast deployment with maximum durability
  • Stainless steel cable adds durability
  • Oversized, durable alloy tip improves probing sensitivity by creating a hole larger than the probe shaft
  • High-visibility 1 cm markings

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Black Diamond Evac 7 Snow and Avalanche Shovel, Ultra Blue
  • Updated telescoping shaft eliminates jamming
  • Durable anodized blade
  • Shovel converts easily into hoe mode from the same attachment point for snow removal and excavation
  • Lead ins on blade allow rapid assembly and swapping of modes
  • Compact D-handle with comfortable dual-density grip
  • UIAA certified

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Backcountry Access Float 22 Avalanche Airbag - Black
  • PACK VOLUME: 1,342 cubic inches / 22 liters (with system)
  • MATERIAL: 330 denier mini ripstop nylon w/ PU coating (main) 420 denier oxford nylon w/ PU coating (high wear areas) 200 denier polyester (lining)
  • ZIPPERS: YKK with DWR coating
  • WEIGHT: 6.1 lb / 2,780 g (full system with full cylinder) 4.9 lb / 2,222 g (full system without cylinder) 3.4 lb / 1,560 g (pack only)
  • FLOAT 2.0 CYLINDER SOLD SEPARATELY.

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