Avalanche gear - Snowboarding Forum - Snowboard Enthusiast Forums
User Tag List

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-02-2014, 05:48 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: MA
Posts: 88
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 12 Post(s)
Avalanche gear

Ill keep it short and sweet...
What beacon should i buy?
already got a metal shovel
Can you use most of the airbag backpacks as a regular backpack?
direride is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-02-2014, 05:58 AM
Veteran Member
francium's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: www.whiteoutsnowsports.com
Posts: 536
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 29 Post(s)
Beacon is down to personal choice and budget the more expensive ones have more features and allow for multiple burials, have greater range and lock on to signals quicker. On the last avi course we were advised to have at least a 240 cm probe. I rate the ortovox equipment my S1 is simple and easy to use. The most important thing is knowing how to use the kit no point having all the gear no idea when one of your mates is buried.
francium is offline  
post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-02-2014, 06:38 AM
Veteran Member
killclimbz's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Front Range
Posts: 11,346
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 110 Post(s)
Blog Entries: 1
Here is a bit of advice that I find had a fair amount of weight to it. Go to your local retailer that sells beacons. Have them "hide" one in the store. Then take two or three models you are interested in and just see if you can use them. The one that you find easiest to use for how you operate is probably the one to buy.

If you are planning on riding with your dog and want a doggie beacon, the Pieps DSP (Pro I believe) or Vector are the only ones that work with the Pieps doggie beacon.

As far as probes go, get one that is suitable for the amount of snow you get. A good do it all size is 300cm. Sounds long, but if you travel in deep snow packs such as Washington or BC it really isn't long enough. I don't think you can carry a probe long enough for those. If you are in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, something around 260 should suffice. Really though a 300cm probe barely weighs more than a 240. My probe is a 340 and I live in Colorado but I do travel to the west coast at least once a year.

Airbags work just fine as packs. Mammut RAS and PAS (again I believe with PAS) are removable. BCA are not but you can take the canister out to save some weight.

Hope that helps.

Sent from Verticalsports.com Free App

Last edited by killclimbz; 04-03-2014 at 06:41 AM.
killclimbz is offline  
post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-02-2014, 06:56 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: MA
Posts: 88
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 12 Post(s)
definitely helps, great advice fellas. thanks
direride is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Snowboarding Forum - Snowboard Enthusiast Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome