The Ortovox 3+ Avalanche beacon unpacked. Owners manual, connected case slash harness and the unit.
This is a complex subject fraught with a great deal of data and technical terminology but the fact that you should absolutely positively be wearing one when working in snow at grade is pretty basic. Despite all my avalanche training I still don’t feel like I have a good handle on assessing risk so I make sure that I take proper precautions and always error on the conservative side. That means wearing an avalanche beacon, carrying a probe and shovel whenever I am in conditions that offer even the slightest chance of producing a slide. I don’t want to get caught short whether it is for me or somebody else.
By the way, all my avi gear comes from Ortovox.
All packed up, the 3+ will take up very little room in your luggage slash pack and at just 11 ounces you will barely know that you are wearing it. No excuses, strap on.
As I said there is a lot that goes into evaluating these devices and more than I really want to get into here. However, you should know that the 3+ is a modern, top of the line unit from a reputable company that has been in the avalanche safety business for a very long time. This particular model uses three antennas, is relatively easy to use (although it requires familiarization and practice), has upgradable software, is durable, and dependable.
The bottom line here is that I need an avalanche beacon and the one I chose to purchase and the one I recommend is the Ortovox 3+. Get one, learn how to use it, practice with it, keep a fresh battery in it, and wear it if you think there is any chance at all that you might need it.
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