like the way the barryvox pulse and element beacons work. not sure i need or will use all the pulses features, looking like i'm going to go for the element at this time.
any good prices on the element beacon. dealers i've seen that have them zacs tracs, valhalla pure in red deer, avalanche solutions in golden
I purchaced a Tracker DTS at the Edmonton sled show 2011. I used it all of last year, I tested it at times and found it not too hard to use. In town we just took the classroom from Zactracks. Now all my buddies are selling their Trackers and buying new ones (Pieps). Wondering if I should get a new one also???? I still think that when the crap starts and you have to use it......can you or just panic......and can your buddies dig you out of 2 or 3 meters of HARD snow?........Most of the guys in our group are late 40s to mid 50s.....I wonder?
I bought my wife and I both Pieps DSP's. easy to sue, good information and not likely to fumble with it when using. Allows tracking of multiple signals and is very accurate. Cant wait to test it in the deep snow.
cudos due , now get out and practice, practice lots so that it is second nature as they say. great choice, good beacons.
I agree. practice is so important.
I do a lot of crisis management for work, and really understand how easy it is to get overwhelmed in such a high tension, emotional event. Knowing how to use it on auto-pilot is really important and that only comes with practice.
can you put forth any light on the thought process of the people who think they don't need to practice, don't get me wrong i think people need a shake up once in awhile. i just find it very frustrating.
Well, I get it, that the interfaces of these devices are pretty simple. So on the surface, you pull out the manual, test it with your buddies and say, ok I can follow the arrows (or listen to the ping)... the newer ones show how far away you are etc.
I bet though (and heard from Curtis that in every group when something happens) half won't switch their beacons to search so it will cause issues with the first few minutes of the search until everyone has joined in and configured their equipment right.
It's human nature to lose your critical thinking skills when reacting to a major event. making it simple is up to the manufacturers... making it effective is up to your group. repetition makes these things easy, fast, effective and predictable.
Good practice appears to be testing before every ride to make sure all equipment is working. I hear the best way to do that is to through a device in the snow and have everyone come together to search for it. Practice run with every ride (mountains or trail or whatever).
Using in the cold with gloves on etc. is also important.
I think it's an easy thing to think "I don't need to do that.. did that last year and I know my hear"... Much different story in a crisis when emotions are running high and your buddy is buried.