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Ortovox Transceivers Zoom+ Bleu Océan OverviewOrtovox Transceivers Zoom+ Bleu Océan Side 2022 Winter
Recommended price £197.03
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£179.11

Equipped with the Smart Antenna technology and the Recco system, the Ortovox Zoom+ Ocean Blue DVA is digital with a directional arrow to intuitively indicate the victim's position.

Ortovox Transceivers Zoom+ Bleu Océan OverviewOrtovox Probe Alu 240 Argent Overview
Recommended price £232.78
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£193.36

Equipped with the Smart Antenna technology and the Recco system, the Ortovox Zoom+ Ocean Blue DVA is digital with a directional arrow to intuitively indicate the victim's position.

Ortovox Transceivers Ortovox Diract Voice Blue Ocean OverviewOrtovox Transceivers Ortovox Diract Voice Blue Ocean Beneath 2022 Winter
£295.59

The Diract Voice Blue Ocean is a highly innovative Ortovox avalanche transceiver with a voice guidance system that allows you to be more efficient when rescuing avalanche victims.

Arva Transceivers Evo 5 OverviewArva Transceivers Evo 5 Side 2022 Winter
£219.52

Indispensable for tackling virgin slopes, the DVA Arva Evo5 helps you in extreme situations to ensure that you are found or that a victim is found as quickly as possible.

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BCA Transceivers Tracker S Overview 2022 Winter
Recommended price £223.91
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£179.11
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Mammut Transceivers Barryvox OverviewMammut Transceivers Barryvox Side 2022 Winter
£250.79

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Ortovox Transceivers Ortovox Diract Blue Ocean OverviewOrtovox Transceivers Ortovox Diract Blue Ocean Beneath 2022 Winter
£250.79

The Ortovox Diract Blue Ocean is a reliable, high-performance avalanche transceiver, effective for searching thanks to its 50-metre-wide search band and large display, but also for transmitting thanks to its multiple antennas.  

Arva Transceivers Evo 4 OverviewArva Transceivers Evo 4 Side 2022 Winter
£179.11

Modern 3-antenna device with digital search mode and digital direction display, the Arva Evo 4 starts automatically as soon as the strap is fastened.

Arva Transceivers Evo 5 Holster OverviewArva Transceivers Evo 5 Holster Side 2022 Winter
£22.31

The Arva Evo5 Holster is an essential accessory for installing your DVA as close as possible to your body to ensure that you can be found in an emergency situation as quickly as possible.

Arva Transceivers Neo Pro OverviewArva Transceivers Neo Pro Side 2022 Winter
£268.71

Indispensable for safety in the mountains, the Neo Pro avalanche victim detector from Arva is perfectly adapted for freeride, ski touring or splitboarding.

Pieps Transceivers Powder Bt OverviewPieps Transceivers Powder Bt Side 2022 Winter
Recommended price £268.71
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£241.83

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BCA Transceivers Tracker 3 Overview 2022 Winter
£268.71

Light digital device, the BCA Tracker 3 features 3 antennas and a 40m search band width. Multi-victim display in real time very intuitive. Ideally suited for ski touring.

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BCA Transceivers Tracker 3 Overview 15% Off
Recommended price £268.71
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£223.91

Light digital device, the BCA Tracker 3 features 3 antennas and a 40m search band width. Multi-victim display in real time very intuitive. Ideally suited for ski touring.

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Buyer’s guide for a beacon suited to your needs

The beacon or transceiver is probably the most iconic safety feature for freeriders or tourers. Coupled with a shovel and a probe, these 3 elements are mandatory if you want to have a chance to save somebody burried in an avalanche. The beacon also emits a signal in case you are the one who gets burried. You can switch from emission to reception very easily and very quickly.

How does a beacon work?

As soon as you switch on your beacon, it begins to emit a signal in all directions at a 457Khz frequency thanks to several antennas. This frequency sticks to a norm meaning all beacons from all brands are using the same frequency and can work altogether. The signal range varies depending on the models between 40m and 60m. In case of an avalanche, there are 2 possible situations. Either you are in the avalanche, burried under the surface, or you are out of it and your friends are under it. In the first case, unfortunately there is not much you can do except wait to be rescued. In the second situation however, you will need to switch your beacon into its reception mode and start searching. Begin where you last saw your friend and slowly ski down doing parallel lines. There shouldn’t be more than 20m between every line. As soon as you get a signal, your beacon will guide you to the victim quickly. Then comes the probe. Probing helps you pinpoint the exact location of the victim. And finally the shovel. Shoveling the snow is a lot faster than using your hands. As a reminder, everything is a matter of time. It is considered that after 15 minutes spent under the snow, chances of surviving drop drastically, so make sure you have what it takes to save your friends. Modern beacons have significantly improved and are pretty intuitive to use but they remain a device on battery so always make sure the battery is charged before you go out.

What are the differences between a beacon and another?

When you see the difference of price between models it seems legit to ask this question. Here are the answers. In terms of signal emission, differences aren’t huge. Every beacon work well and deliver good performance. Special mention to Ortovox though with their Smart Antenna technology. It allows the beacon to switch to the antenna that has the best position for transmitting depending on its position under the avalanche. But the real differences are visible in search mode. High-end beacons will make searching easier with an arrow pointing to the direction of the victim and the approximate distance to it. There are also multi-victim options. If several skiers get caught in an avalanche, this allows you to locate the first victim, have your friends working on it and continue searching for the second victim. It is rare, but it happens. These type of beacons is more commonly used by guides and core skiers. In any case, even if you have the latest beacon with the Smart Antenna and the Multi Victim detector, the best pretection is caution. If avalanche risks are high, you’d rather postpone your session than using your beacon to save a friend.

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