If you are an avid skier or snowboarder, then you know about the risk of an avalanche taking place. There are many safety tools that are effective at saving lives in the event of an avalanche. An avalanche transceiver such as the Tracker2 from BCA is one such emergency device.
The Tracker2 transmits a beacon signal on the standard international frequency of 457kHz that can be received by search and rescue or other members of your group who also have avalanche transceivers, thus allowing them to track down the location of where you are trapped under the snow.
When switched to the on (transmit) position, the Tracker2 is capable of continually transmitting for up to 250 hours (10.4 days) with a fresh set of 3 AAA alkaline batteries (do not use rechargeable or lithium batteries in the Tracker2). When in search mode, the Tracker2 will run for up to 50 hours.
The max effective range of the Tracker2 is 55 meters (180 feet). When in tracking mode, the distance to target is displayed in meters on the LED readout. During my testing, I was able to successfully find one of the trackers while it was placed under a few feet of snow and I was able to pick up the signal even while near the maximum range of 55 meters.
After quite a bit of testing, I can safely conclude that these devices are built to be durable, easy to use, extremely reliable, and very effective at finding a lost skier who is buried beneath the snow. If you and your friends enjoy frequently hitting the slopes, I definitely recommend that each member of your group get one of these life saving Avalanche Transceivers.
Dimensions: 5.2 x 3.2 x 1.1 inches
Weight: 9.0 ounces
Made in: USA
Price: $267.88 – $299
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