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|12-09-2008 10:05 AM|
The Tracker is the beacon that changed everything. It was the first beacon with a digital processor. It made it much easier to locate than an analog beacon which was the standard at that time. It also really hasn't changed since it's debut (<2000 I believe). So it is a reliable beacon and gets the job done. A 3 antenna beacon like the Pieps DSP is a bit faster, has much better range, and pinpoints a lot better than the Tracker.
Another company you might look it as it's probably available to you is Arva. I have an Arva Evolution beacon that I frequently use and I still love it. The harness is part of the beacon design, you have to turn it on to wear it, and it's very simple and easy to use. I am a big fan of simplicity and their beacons are some of the best designed from that standpoint. For whatever reason they can't seem to get a foothold in the US, but the are one of best manufacturers of beacons in the world. Worth looking at.
|12-09-2008 05:57 AM|
I've gotta get me a tracker this year, you guys got any recommendations? I need to get 5 of them for our group thats off too the himalayas at the end of next year. Was looking at this one, anyone worked with it before?
Backcountry Access Tracker Avalanche Transceiver at REI.com
|11-11-2008 09:17 PM|
|Zee||PIcked up the Pieps DSP today. I love the new harness.|
|10-30-2008 06:15 PM|
|killclimbz||Sweet zee. I think you'll really like that beacon. The software upgrade feature is sweet too. I've upgraded mine twice now. You can use the Pieps to diagnose how much drift other beacons have too. The only problem I have with mine is the harness. It's the first generation harness and it sucks. Which reminds me, I need to hassle them some more for my replacement...|
|10-30-2008 06:10 PM|
I found the Pieps DSP V6.2 for right around $400 locally, sure beats the $550 that coast mountain sports is charging for last years v5.0.
I should have it in my hands by next week. Everyone I have spoken to can vouch for the Pieps, but what really sold me on it was the "Smart Transmitter" feature. Makes not only multiple beacon searches easier, but also makes it easier for you to be found if you are in a multi burial situation.
|10-15-2008 11:01 AM|
Yeah, I would run with your thoughts. The Ortovox S1 was much heralded and much delayed. When the first generation came out it was pretty good but it also had a couple of serious (though low tech problems, not software) design issues that I could not recommend using it. Ortovox has addressed those issues and now it's a amazing though pricey beacon.
As I said before. If you are looking for a price point Beacon, I thought the D3 was solid.
The Pieps DSP is definitely worth the money. I still get over a 60 meter range with mine. Which is way better than any other digital beacon out there. Throw that in with a great pinpoint search, the making capability, plus software upgrades, and you have a top notch beacon.
|10-15-2008 10:48 AM|
I contacted BCA, they are saying that it is now January release. Even if it is a good product, delay after delay certainly makes the company look bad.
So.. Pieps is again at the top, and I'll take another look at the Ortovox D3.
|10-14-2008 01:08 PM|
|killclimbz||I read the review on beaconsreview.com and needless to say I did not find those issues. In all honesty, I think it was one of the better price point beacons out there.|
|10-14-2008 11:58 AM|
My only hesitation on the D3 is the poor review on beaconreviews.com
If they work out the kinks though, I would probably go for it if the Tracker 2 doesn't materialize.
I did some additional reading on the Tracker 2. Sounds like they delayed release to work out any possible issues, which is not a bad thing. I think you are right though, it is a big "wait and see" on it, and it may not be prudent to pick up the first run off the assembly line.
|10-14-2008 10:19 AM|
Yeah, the DSP can be a bit pricey. I have the one without all the bells and whistles (inclinometer and such) and it works great for what I want. A beacon.
I haven't found anyone who has any experience with it except for the BCA guys. So I have no idea. I also wouldn't be surprised if the Tracker 2 does not come out this year.
If you are looking for an inexpensive 3 antenna beacon, check out the Ortovox D3. I found it to be highly accurate and easy to use. It's basically the same as the Tracker 2 in what they promise. I found the range to be around 40 meters if I remember correctly. Pretty good for a digital beacon. Pinpointing was a breeze with it. I also like the the fact that to put the Beacon on you have to turn it on. Something both the Pieps and Tracker lack. Not sure of the Tracker 2 but I suspect it's the same. Too many times I have gone out with people that have forgotten to turn on their beacon. I've also left my Pieps on for a week. I was impressed though the batteries were only drained to 70% after 6 days of being on. If you find the Tracker 2 to be on infinite back order, you might consider swapping for that one.
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