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Old 11-09-2011, 12:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Decided on shovel, pack, beacon now need a probe?

Ordered my black Avalung Bandit pack and K2 rescue shovel from EVO should be here friday, going to order my Pieps DSP when I get to SLC but what about a probe?


Is 300cm necessary for Utah Snowpack?

Alum or Carbon?

Anything to watch out for or stay away from, brands, designs or materiel's?

Will be Sandy by Friday of next week, is there somewhere close(Black Diamond or backcountry.com storefronts?) by I can go buy the perfect probe or am I better off ordering something specific online?

Primary goal would be something that's easy\simple to use and mistake proof as possible with weight\size being secondary.

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Black Diamond QuickDraw Guide Probe 300 from Backcountry.com

This is what I have. I went with a 3m probe for easier time reading depths. If I wanted to dig a pit down to the ground just less marking and easier to see depth of snowpack. The snowpack was fat last year for sure and I am a firm believer I would rather have over kill if I was trying to find someone in case there was a really deep burial.
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Black Diamond QuickDraw Guide Probe 300 from Backcountry.com

This is what I have. I went with a 3m probe for easier time reading depths. If I wanted to dig a pit down to the ground just less marking and easier to see depth of snowpack. The snowpack was fat last year for sure and I am a firm believer I would rather have over kill if I was trying to find someone in case there was a really deep burial.
Wow based on the reviews it seems to be a popular probe and it's priced right, would be cool if it had the alternate segment colors like the G3 poles but not really necessary I guess.

Unless someone comes up with something better I think I'll make an appearance at the backcountry storefront so I can just pick it up in person, or order online and then do in store pickup or whatever.
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You can get it there, the BD store close to 33rd, or any REI.
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You can get it there, the BD store close to 33rd, or any REI.

Blows my mind to think stores actually stock this stuff there, coming from the Midwest finding anything like this or even high end gear in a store is impossible.

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300cm probe is pretty ideal for most places. I think mine is a 265 so I should be one to talk. Though the next one I buy is going to be a 300cm probe.

BD, G3, Ortovox all make probes I like. I like ones that are pull and lock. The screw down ones are alright, but I find them more time consuming than they need to be considering the circumstance you might be using it for.
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300cm probe is pretty ideal for most places. I think mine is a 265 so I should be one to talk. Though the next one I buy is going to be a 300cm probe.

BD, G3, Ortovox all make probes I like. I like ones that are pull and lock. The screw down ones are alright, but I find them more time consuming than they need to be considering the circumstance you might be using it for.
Yea forget about the old screw in models, killclimz will be messaging you about the Pieps from Patroller too hope to buy in the next couple weeks.
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You can use that patroller supply deal for probes too btw.

I am probably going to get one of these for this season.

The Ortovox 320 PFA

Or the Ortovox 320 Pro Steel.

The pro steel is heavier but it's also much more durable. It's also got a new assembly lock which may or may not be better than the PFA. I am using a PFA probe right now and it works pretty great. Chances are I'll get the PFA 320 as it's lighter by a decent margin.
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I have the Ortovox 320 PFA (purchased from patroller supply).

I think it's easy to deploy, isn't (overly) heavy, & I highly recommend it.

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I think a 300 is a good idea. I went with the BCA SR3
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