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Best deal you can get!
At this price you can't pass this deal by. And the BCA tracker is a great beacon and it's pretty easy to learn how to use it properly. If you get this package and some official training you're making the right steps to being safer in the backcountry
about the best package deal you can get for the money. i am in college and funds are really tight but this was definitely something i could pick up and enjoy. the probe is really nice, and goes up quickly and the shovel is pretty perfect too... a little on the smaller side but still awesome either way. the beacon itself is pretty solid, i have played around with the new version of it a bit and its definitely an upgrade but there is nothing wrong with this one and its an awesome beacon so if your in the market for a inexpensive, reliable and overall well made avy setup this is what i would go with for sure.
great first package
all very simple and straight forward. cant use this stuff, then don't go out there.
This package gets you all the basics you need to start a foray into backcountry travel. The tracker DTS is one of the simplest beacons on the market. For this reason it is one of the most easy to use. It still requires knowledge of flux lines, but the manual included in the package covers that. I bought this package because it is a one stop shop for the basics that you need, and a very quality setup. The Tracker DTS is the only beacon I have ever used, and its ease make it likely to be the only one that I continue to use.
I love the tracker! "32 meters straight ahead".. Easy! and the battery capasity are really good! Bought mine in Chamonix/France, So i dont know if you can change it to feet instead of meters, but meters works for me ;)
What you need
I'm new to the whole backcountry snowboarding experience. This setup appears to me to be the best of everything for a great price. The Tracker is a super solid beacon. The probe and shovel also work great and everything fits into my pack nicely. I like that the shovel telescopes so you can get more leverage, and the probe sets up very fast. Get it while you can!
Hey - it does what is supposed to. The tracker is a good beacon - nothing fancy, but easy to use and it works. Shovel and probe seem sturdy and high quality. Cant really go wrong.
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This is a pretty good deal. BCA has made great gear for years now and I would highly recommend their products. I have had this beacon for years and it is great. The shovel is light an easy to operate and the probe is well designed. However, do not become complacent after purchasing this stuff, as you need to know how to use it for it to work. Otherwise, this is the jam and you can not go wrong with this trifecta.
All great stuff, but...
Why package something if you are not going to make it a deal? Retail for the DTS is 289, retail for the probe is 50, and retail for the shovel is 45. If you bought everything seperate the price would be 384, a nickel more then this package. Kind of silly.
What is the weld strength/ type on the...
What is the weld strength/ type on the shovel, specifically where the handle connects to the Shovel? I know G3 has a shovel with a double weld where handle and shovel connect which makes extremely durable and strong. Does this have that?
Also, is the Tracker DTS a good beacon for someone just getting into backcountry trips and avalanche terrain? what is the usage like? Easy to understand and learn, or hard and not effective? Basically is it easy to familiarize and become confident in using with practice? Thanks!
DTS is the gold standard for anyone getting into beacon use or those of us who have used beacons for years easy and dependable. as far as the shovel wouldnt worry about it you wont break it shoveling snow, your not that strong i promise.
i definately have to agree with Vern. it is a great beacon and it was the first beacon i ever used and i learned it incredibly easy. also, if you are just getting into backcountry trips, i would strongly recomend that you take an AIRRE level one avalanche course. they often teach you how to use that beacon and it will help keep you safe in the backcountry.
looking for your thoughts for gettingtwo...
looking for your thoughts for gettingtwo packages of beacon/shovel/probesshovel has to be strong aluminui have a tracker beacon already should i get the know beaconhat do you think, try and get set up with two packages have access to pro forms for working in the businessthanks Paul
This is a very functional and value oriented package. It gets the job done without any bells or whistles. I like the beacon and the probe... the shovel leaves something to be desired... it seems too small and ricketty... nothing more than opinion though. I like building a avi kit from scratch with all the bits and pieces that I like- you only buy it once and it last for years, get the good stuff.
Simplest Beacon out there
This beacon is without a doubt, the easiest to use on the market. Others may be great for experienced BC skiers/boarders and guides. But for someone just getting into the BC, this beacon is perfect. Easy to read numbers give you distance, while LEDs lead you to the victim.
The shovel, its a shovel, works great, its metal so you can beat the crap out of it.
Probe. good probe. took a couple times to learn how to get the cord to lock properly, so practice with it a few times to get used to that.
when do you anticipate the backcountry...
when do you anticipate the backcountry access tracker dts freeride package to be in stock?
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Beacon of Choice
The Tracker is one of the best beacon options on the market today. Unless you are practicing beacon searches on a daily basis (i.e. ski patrol), this is the product you want for andy and all of your winter backcountry adventures. The digital display and direction lights are extremely intuitive, and in a highly pressured situation, you won't be wasting extra time in evaluating your beacon's responses. It is fast and easy to get in and out of search mode, and teaching yourself the basics on this one is about as straight-forward as it gets. A beacon that is truly idiot-proof. The beacon's range is slightly less then that of other brands but if you are following proper avi protocol, that should not be an issue- with point last seen etc.