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What transceiver do you use?

To piggyback my other thread about buying a transceiver(and warranty issues with buying new, but not from a dealer), I want to ask the forum what avalanche transceivers you guys use? I have a new co-worker who already has me rubbing my nuts in anticipation for winter to come. That is all great, but I need to get some BC gear (safety courses alre already booked for this year). I'm not looking for ABS bags...baby steps. So here are my questions for you:

1. What do you use?
2. Why do you like it? Why don't you like it?
3. Any issues (software, updates, bulkiness, etc) that stand out?

I've been looking at the Ortovox 3+ and Element Barryvox/Mammut
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I use the Barryvox PULSE, chose it cos it's soooo easy to search with them. Basically follow the arrow and run. Last meters are when you need to get slower. They're really easy to use. Line of thoughts: in case of shit happens every minute counts, nerves will be thin strings... I want the easiest to handle thinggy on the market in my hands!

Also like that they automatically swap back to send mode if you don't move for a certain period (i.e. got caught by an avy yourself while in search mode).

Bought it at an official local dealer. Get an letter for the annual update every autumn. Also, you'll get a decent reduction for avy courses organized by Mammut if you bought one of them (bought mine 4y ago, still valid for the reduction for the course last year).

BTW: check these LVS training centers http://www.mammut.ch/avalanchesafety...afety_atc.html sep up in many Swiss resorts. You can exercise to search for multiple buried ppl there. Good thing! It can be confusing first if you get overlapping signals.

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I know the other brands have came a long way, (mostly by BCA's success) especially Ortovox. When I bought my BCA transceiver, I mentioned to the employee that my riding partner bought the Orto (older version), the first thing he said was to switch him transceivers when you go out, so he can find you.

We were practicing at my house, I found his in under 5 min, he walked around in circles for 20 minutes and NEVER found it, so I was dead
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Ortovox S1 easy to use, when practicing it locates victims quickly and the multi burial function is also easy to use. Software updates are ok just take it into your local dealer.
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I know the other brands have came a long way, (mostly by BCA's success) especially Ortovox. When I bought my BCA transceiver, I mentioned to the employee that my riding partner bought the Orto (older version), the first thing he said was to switch him transceivers when you go out, so he can find you.

We were practicing at my house, I found his in under 5 min, he walked around in circles for 20 minutes and NEVER found it, so I was dead

Not sure I agree with this. Seems like I've heard more issues with BCA than any other brand. I know my BCA was a piece of shit. It would just power itself off on it's on, even with batteries that were 90%+ according to the read out on the beacon. Ditched it and got an Ortovox 3+.

That older beacon was probably using older technology, maybe even analog. You had to really know what you were doing to use those things effectively. I've never even tried. I wouldn't be bragging about a 5 minute location time in ideal conditions. That's pretty damn slow.

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Ortovox S1 easy to use, when practicing it locates victims quickly and the multi burial function is also easy to use. Software updates are ok just take it into your local dealer.
So you can't update from home? Not that going to a shop would be an issue. Just hope i don't have to buy it from the same shop.
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So you can't update from home? Not that going to a shop would be an issue. Just hope i don't have to buy it from the same shop.
nah you just take it to any ortovox authorised dealer
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BTW: check these LVS training centers - Mammut sep up in many Swiss resorts. You can exercise to search for multiple buried ppl there. Good thing! It can be confusing first if you get overlapping signals.
It's funny you mention it, I was actually just checking out this site before I made this thread. I'm pretty sure the course we're taking is through Engelberg Mountain Guides, but I could be mistaken. The Mammut AlpineCenter courses look great, and the prices are fair (even better if you get a bit of a discount on top of it).
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Ditched it and got an Ortovox 3+.
Any regrets? Any issues with it? What made you chose this one?
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Any regrets? Any issues with it? What made you chose this one?
Nope, no regrets but then again I've only put in about 3 days with it. Rode almost no BC last season.

Went with it because it was one I'd been considering and REI let me swap the BCA for it.

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