The Tracker4 avalanche transceiver made by Backcountry Access includes several improvements, including a grippable, rubber molding that protects your investment from wear-and-tear. The screen boasts a brighter resolution and a louder microphone to make using your beacon in a stressful situation easier.
It also includes a search/send mode safety lock that keeps modes from unintentionally switching, and, god forbid, once you’re in a victim search scenario, there’s a signal suppression button that allows you to suppress the strongest signal for one minute to move on to the next strongest signal in a multiple buried victim situation.
A “big picture” mode also helps out in a situation like that by giving you clear information to make decisions on the best approach for finding and rescuing multiple buried partners.
Finally, the auto revert mode uses a motion sensor to switch the unit back to transmit mode if you happen to have the grave misfortune of being caught in an avalanche while searching for buried victims.
MSRP: $389.95. Backcountryaccess.com
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