If you’re looking for user-friendly or super intuitive Avalanche transceivers then we provide the following range and models:
If you are unsure on which transceiver to choose from then please check out the avalanche transceiver FAQ’s at the bottom of the page, The FAQs will tell you the differences between brand models.
If you’re looking for a small band-aid size detector then we sell Recco Reflector on its own, this can be attached to your boots or helmet.
All of the beacons above are featured within an avalanche kit, if your looking for an Avalanche Safety Kits and Packages.
Avalanche transceivers should be worn by all members of a party at all times when skiing in the backcountry. They are used to locate people who have been buried in avalanches. The use of an avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe is a must for all backcountry skiers.
Transceiver work by using electromagnetic signals. The victimâ€™s transceiver emits a signal which can then be picked up by another transceiver avalanche. The person receiving the signal can then home in on the location the beacon is being transmitted from. With analogue transceivers, this signal will be an audible tone and a visible LED light signal. Digital transceivers will have the technology to home in on the exact distance and direction of the victim.
The original transceivers converted the radio signal into an audible sound that would get louder the closer a person got to the buried victim. Advances have meant that LEDs have been added to analogue transceivers, meaning there is a visible signal as well as an audible one, and earpieces have been fitted allowing the person to better hear the sound.
The technology has been further developed in the digital transceivers, which can use the signal to work out the distance from and direction of the buried transceiver. Digital transceivers are now much easier to use than analogue ones, although their range is often more limited than with analogue transceivers.
Digital transceivers have evolved since their first inception with faster processors, extra antenna to aid in searches and more advanced multiple burial search functions.
Transceiver ski is sold with a special harness or strap to attach to your body. They are typically worn against your chest and must be worn under your jacket against your first layer of clothing. The transceiver must be switched on at all times while skiing which will automatically put it in the ‘send’ mode, so it is constantly emitting a signal.
457,000 Hz (457 kHz) is the standard transmit frequency for avalanche transceivers across the world. All modern avalanche transceivers are compatible with each other — it does not matter if you and your partners have differing brands.
RECCO is a system used to find people buried under the snow. The recco method comprises two parts: a reflector and a detector. The reflector is built into the clothing (such as boots, jackets, helmet, protective gear) of the skier or snowboarder. The rescue team then has the detector.
The RECCO system DOES NOT replace the use of transceivers. Using the RECCO system requires alerting a rescue team with the correct equipment and awaiting their arrival by which time it could be too late.
The majority of avalanches occur away from the lift systems meaning the rescue services will not be on hand. Time is the most important factor in any avalanche rescue and avalanche transceivers can enable a group to perform their own rescue on the spot.
Analogue transceivers convert the radio signal transmitted into an audible sound and light signal to help locate the whereabouts of the buried transceiver.
Digital transceivers use the radio signal to provide the searcher with a digital distance and direction reading. The latest digital transceivers also have faster processing times and advanced multiple burial functions.
Digital transceivers are generally easier to use but do have a smaller range (typically 40-50m) than analogue transceivers (up to 80m).
The advantage of an extra antenna is in the search mode. Transceivers with 2 antennas show when you need to adjust your position to line up with the flux lines of the transmitting transceiver as you search. The Tracker DTS has arrows that light up to point you in the right direction along the flux lines.
When the middle arrow lights up, both antennas are receiving equal signal strength, and you are along the flux line or the path of the strongest signal. Side arrows light up to point you in the correct direction when one antenna is getting a greater signal than the other.
This makes searching far easier than the grid search pattern given by the single antenna analogue models. Single antenna transceivers, however, do typically have a longer search range.
The newer transceivers now have a third antenna included which is for use in the final phase of the search as you approach close to the victim. The benefit is to eliminate “spikes” — a phenomenon where you receive the shortest distance reading at a point close to but not directly above the victim. By eliminating these ‘spikes’ in the reading, 3-antenna transceivers are the most accurate and reliable on the market.
The third antenna typically comes into play about 2m from the victim and analyses the flux lines in order to lead you to that point directly above the victim — saving valuable time in the search.
Due to the wide choice on offer and a great variety in price, picking the right transceiver can be difficult. Digital transceivers are the best models for those who are new to transceivers, as they are the easiest and quickest to learn how to use.
There are some key considerations to make:
Whatever transceiver you choose you should be very comfortable and familiar with it. It is important to regularly practise with your transceiver as well as in your probing and shovelling techniques.
Please see the short summary of models and ranges below to see the differences.
The Tracker 2 and Tracker 3 use 3 antennae. The 3rd antenna is used during the last stage of the search to pinpoint the accuracy by the distance indication, which eliminates the "null spot/spike" that occurs when the receiving antenna is perpendicular to the flux field direction. This will make the Tracker 2 appear much smoother in the final search stage. The Tracker 3 operates the same 3 antenna system as the Tracker 2 but is almost 30% faster.
The antenna in the Trackers 2 + 3, immediately on startup and then periodically once switched on, balance themselves against each other whilst taking into account temperature to make the directional information more accurate.
The Real Time Display on the Trackers 2 + 3 processes the input signal instantly and updates the display at the same time. This is to prevent users from overshooting the target transceiver as they tend to move faster when they get near the target.
During Signal Lock-On, the Tracker 1 displays all signals received within 10 metres and then locks onto the strongest signal and hide the others. The Trackers 2 do this from any distance and will only ever guide you to the strongest signal (i.e. the closest). You can override this by going into a special mode, however, and the Tracker 3 has extra options of suppressing any of your multiple burial signals in any direction or distance.
The Trackers 2 + 3 have multiple burial lights that come on to alert you that although you are only seeing one transceiver, there are multiple signals present. If the light is flashing (in time with the beeps) it means the Tracker believes these signals are very close together.
This Ortovox 3+ is a small, three-antenna, avalanche transceiver with a range up to 40 meters and has technology that can increase the distance at which other transceivers will receive its signal.
The 3+ does an excellent job of suppressing multiple burials and handles spikes well. The display makes it easy to locate the victim, and the 3+ will support software upgrades to keep it as up-to-date as possible.
The Ortovox Zoom is a simple, no-nonsense, three-antenna avalanche transceiver.
The Zoom has a single light that becomes illuminated when it is picking up the signal. The Zoom does not allow you to suppress signals when searching, unlike the 3+.
The Arva EVO4 is a simple easy to use a three-antenna avalanche beacon, with a search bandwidth of up to 40 metres, the recommended transceiver for new or inexperienced skiers or boarders who venture out on off-piste day tours.
The Arva EVO4 and NEO+ will allow you to search for multiple burials, the EVO4 allows up to 3 victims however the NEO+ will allow you to search for up to 4 or more victims.
The Arva NEO+ is father transceiver to the EVO4, with a huge search bandwidth of up to 70 metres, the Arva NEO+ offers a new motion sensor which will automatically switch back to transmit mode. With new updated hardware and software optimization, this transceiver is by far one of the best on the market and is recommended for those who go off-piste regularly.
The Arva AXIO is the godfather of the Arva transceivers, With most of the features included in the EVO4 & NEO+, the AXIO transceiver has a shorter search bandwidth then NEO+ and offers only 60 metres. The AXIO is the only transceiver on the market to process an entire spherical search where all 3 antennas X, Y, Z work together.
The Arva AXIO has a deployable 3rd antenna which creates a real landmark which is built by the antennas of the beacon. With also the multiple burial features, the AXIO can search for up to 5 or more victims.
The AXIO will allow you to go into Analogue mode when in close proximity to the buried victims. It is activated when in search mode by pressing the power button, which prompts the display to ask you if you want to go into analogue mode. (you will not be able to do this on the EVO4 & NEO+).
The Mammut Barryvox and Barryvox S share many features but there are several key reasons why a user might choose the Barryvox S over the classic Barryvox.
The all time classic Mammut Barryvox was designed for simplicity in mind, very capable in both single or multiple burial searches when using the marking function, With a search bandwidth up to 70 metres.
The extremely user-friendly large 2” interface offers simplicity at its best, unfortunately, the Barryvox does not have some of the backgrounds features that the Barrryvox S features. Highly recommended for those who are looking for a smart and simple transceiver or new to off-piste terrain.
The new Mammut Barryvox S has several additional features that the classic Barryvox does not have, with search assistance for beginners and advanced users, the Barryvox S is not just a beacon for professionals.
In digital mode the Barryvox S offers the same search bandwidth as the standard Barryvox at 70 metres, however, the Barryvox S can stretch to a whopping 100 Metres in analogue mode, Very few transceivers on the market can do this.
The Super intuitive Barryvox S offers a larger screen to the standard barryvox, the 2.2” screen makes it easier to see and read, the screen also offers Dynamic screen icons to cue the user through search, helping to keep the search moving.
The Barryvox S offers smart search which operates in the background and allows for efficient follows arrow guidance.