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Ortovox Probe Alu 240 Argent Overview 10% Off 2022 Winter
£35.75

The Alu 240 Silver is a very intuitive Ortovox snow probe that is easy to install and remove thanks to the Quick Lock system. Aluminium tube with a diameter of 11 mm.

Ortovox Shovel Badger Safety Blue OverviewOrtovox Probe Alu 240 Argent Overview
Recommended price £76.07
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£68.46

The Badger Safety Blue is a sturdy and efficient Ortovox aluminium snow shovel with raised edges and an ergonomic handle. Simple and robust construction.

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.

Arva Probe Access 240 Overview 10% Off 2022 Winter
£35.75

Equipped with a kevlar cord tension system and made of 7075 aluminium, the Arva Access 240 probe is robust and light, with a total length of 2.40 m.

Ortovox Probe Alu 240 PFA Argent Overview 10% Off 2022 Winter
£58.24
Ortovox Shovel Shovel Beast Safety Blue OverviewOrtovox Probe Alu 240 Argent Overview
Recommended price £89.42
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£80.46

The Ortovox Shovel Beast Safety Blue avalanche shovel is ideal for light ski touring thanks to its low weight of 590 grams and its telescopic handle.

Ortovox Shovel Shovel Beast Safety Blue OverviewOrtovox Probe Alu 240 Argent Overview
Recommended price £89.42
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£80.46

The Ortovox Shovel Beast Safety Blue avalanche shovel is ideal for light ski touring thanks to its low weight of 590 grams and its telescopic handle.

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ABS Probe A.SSURE set Dusk Overview 2022 Winter
£88.70

Composed of 7 parts that fit into each other and are tensioned by a Dyneema cable, the ABS A.SSURE Sonder Dusk probe allows you to find an avalanche victim

Arva Shovel Access OverviewArva Probe Access 240 Overview 2022 Winter
Recommended price £67.11
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£60.39

Appreciated by skiers and snowboarders, the Arva Access shovel proves to be very effective, both for shaping a kicker in the powder and for recovering an avalanche victim.

Arva Shovel Access Ts OverviewArva Probe Access 240 Overview 2022 Winter
Recommended price £76.07
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£68.46

The Arva Access TS snow shovel is a versatile, light and practical model. Its foldable telescopic handle allows you to store it in such a way that it takes up little space.

Pieps Probe Iprobe Bt 260 - Sans Overview 10% Off 2022 Winter
£179.11

More than just a probe, the Pieps Iprobe BT 260 is an intelligent probe that saves you time and efficiency, thanks to its quick set-up and visual and audible assistance

Ortovox Shovel Pro Alu III Safety Blue OverviewOrtovox Probe Alu 240 Argent Overview
Recommended price £107.34
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£96.59

Along with the avalanche transceiver and the probe, the Ortovox Pro Alu III Safety Blue snow shovel is one of the essentials to have in your backpack for safe freeriding or hiking

Mammut Probe Probe 280 Speed Lock Neon Orange OverviewMammut Probe Probe 280 Speed Lock Neon Orange Beneath 2022 Winter
£67.20

An essential piece of safety equipment, the Mammut Probe 280 Speed Lock Neon Orange has a lightweight, robust construction and can be used with gloves

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Pieps Probe Probe Aluminium 260 - Sans Overview 10% Off 2022 Winter
£53.67

Developed by Pieps, a brand specialized in mountain safety equipment, the Probe Alu 260 Sport avalanche probe is quick and easy to use in emergency situations

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Arva Probe Spark 240 OverviewArva Probe Spark 240 Side 10% Off 2022 Winter
£44.71

With a total length of 2.40 m, the space-saving Arva Spark 240 probe is made of a robust and light-weight 7075 aluminium with a stainless steel cord tension system.

BCA Probe Stealth 240 OverviewBCA Probe Stealth 240 Side 2022 Winter
£44.71

BCA's Stealth 240 2017 is an avalanche probe with a reinforced tip to get through snowpack and ice debris more easily. Perfect probe for ski touring.

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BCA Probe Stealth 240 Cm Carbon Orange Overview
£71.59

The BCA Stealth 240 cm Carbon Orange probe is a fast and easy to use backcountry ski and snowboard accessory for avalanche rescue, thanks to its lightweight and miniature design

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Buyer’s guide for snow probes

It doesn’t matter if you are more into freeriding or into touring, both are subject to avalanches and both require avalanche safety equipment.The first and most important recommendation is to be cautious. But sometimes, you can be as cautious as you want, the unforeseeable happens and in this case, you want to have everything you may need. If most riders automatically think of the beacon which will help others locate you if you are caught in an avalanche, you also need a shovel and a probe if it’s the other way around and if you need to look for a victim.

How to pick a probe?

Probes are often built the same way regardless of the brand. Basically, they are made of several steel sections linked by a metallic wire. When you asemble all the sections together and pull the wire to keep them locked, you get a long stick with a length varying from 2 meters to 2.7 meters depending on the models. If you are not limited by the size and you don’t mind carrying a few extra gramms go for the longer ones, you never know, it can always be useful.

Have you thought about our avalanche safety package?

If you want to get all bundled up and have your own custom equipment, you can either buy the elements separately or you can go for a package offered by the main brands and generally including probe, shovel and beacon. The main difference between the cheapest and most expensive packages comes mainly from the beacon. Low-end packages generally include a basic beacon when high-end packages come with beacons featuring the latest technologies such as the multi-victim search function. Shovels upgrade as well, made of plastic in the least expensive cases they become made of aluminium as the price goes higher. Probes remain more or less the same. The most expensive ones are a bit lighter with more sections to take less room in the bag.

How to use a snow probe?

When you have located the victim with the beacon and you got your probe out, you need to start probing from the center of the cross you draw with the beacon. Probe every 30cm and follow the shape of an expanding concentric circle. It is the most effective method up to date. The marking on the probe tells you how deep the victim is burried. Then, use your shovel and dig in a V shape towards the victim. This will give you enough room for excavation. Shoveling is the most energy-consuming stage of the rescue. Dig steady and fast. If it is many of you searching, swap with your friends to rest a little and be effective when you dig out. The best tip we can give is to practice as much as you can.

So, before you go out there and explore the backcountry, put a probe in your backapck!