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Backcountry Access Tracker3 Avalanche Beacon

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A small package with no-nonsense, real-time marking for multiple burials.

Backcountry Access stepped it up again this winter with its all-new Tracker3 Avalanche Beacon. Twenty percent lighter and smaller than its big brother, the Tracker2, the Tracker3 contains real-time display, a third receiving antenna, and markings for multiple burials. Its progressive industrial design creates unmatched wearing comfort and user experience.

  • 20% smaller and lighter than the popular Backcountry Access Tracker2
  • Progressive industrial design creates unmatched wearing comfort and user experience
  • Third digital antenna enhances search accuracy while transmitting a stronger signal in any orientation during burial
  • Easy-to-read interface (just like the DTS) shows distance and direction, so you're not slowed down with excess information
  • Small Special Mode button enables other functions like battery status and a mute setting for practice sessions
  • Multiple burial light indicator informs you of multiple signals in the search zone
  • Avalanche gear benefits you and your party the most after you take an avalanche course and regularly practice your skills
  • Dimensions: 4.5 x 2.8 x 0.8in (11.5 x 7.1 x 2cm)
  • Frequency: 457kHz
  • Item #BCA2934

Tech Specs

Antennas
triple
Digital Range
50 m
Battery
3 AAA
Batteries Included
yes
Dimensions
4.5 x 2.8 x 0.9 in
Claimed Weight
[with batteries] 7.6 oz
Recommended Use
backcountry touring
Manufacturer Warranty
5 years limited

Tech Specs

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Top of the line but not hard to use

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you are looking for an easy to use but top of the line beacon the tracker 3 is for you. keep your self and your loved ones feeling secure with this beacon. I upgraded to this from the tracker 2 and I love it.

Signal Suppression Failure

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have tested two of these, and both of them glitch when using the signal suppression in multiple burial mode. It will either A: switch back and forth between the suppressed signal and the second signal or B: show a third burial (when there are only two beacons transmitting). So, just be sure to check your gear before it bites you (or your partners) in the @$$. I'll update when I hear back from BCAs warranty center.

Seems nice

    I haven't gotten to use this yet but I can comment on the very nice design of it. It is very sleek and compact which is nice. I never enjoyed having a beefy beacon dangling off my front end. The switch is definitely not going to turn off unexpectedly on you during a tour, or fall. I have also heard many really good things about how simple and effective it is to use

    Easy to use

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I love my Tracker 3. It is the easiest and most straight forward beacon I have used. It is simple and quick. It doesn't ask me to 'stand still' if I am moving too fast during a search, a feature that I highly value. It's sleek shape fits well under my jacket and doesn't bulk up.

    Simplicity is key to success

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    As an avalanche educator and guide I have had the opportunity to play with most of the beacons on the market and I choose to rock the Tracker 3 every day.

    While BCA slimmed down it's look it beefed up its capabilities. From having a quick and easy to read real time display to multiple burial indicators and a special function that allows the rescuer to see the Big Picture or focus in on a single signal in a multiple burial situation this beacon has a lot of bells without gumming up the works with all the whistles.

    By keeping the main screen simple and to the point, you are less likely to get confused in a burial situation.

    There are more advanced options behind the home screen that make it great for use in a professional environment.

    The simplicity also, like many bellow have expressed, allow for the battery life to last much longer than many other beacons on the market.

    The ability to upgrade/ run diagnostics on the beacon from your computer is also a sweet little extra.

    All and all this beacon takes the best of the Tracker predecessors and brings it's processing and design into the tech age, leaving many of the other manufacturers behind.

    Most accurate beacon out of group

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I used this beacon for the first time in my avalanche 1 training class and have used it every time since backcountry skiing. Before trekking out, you're supposed to test the beacons to make sure the range is working properly. This beacon was consistently the most accurate out of a group of 4 or 5 different beacon types. After multiple burial and recovery trials I was happy to have this beacon opposed to any other kind. I trust it very much. The battery lift also seems to be really good! I haven't had to replace mine yet. I would highly recommend this beacon. Easy to use and easy to learn. It also makes some pretty entertaining noises when powering up or off.

    Great Device

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    We used for 5 days of backcountry in AK without running the batteries below 90%. Many people have opinions on beacon specifics like multiple burials. I won't go into the dogma but will say that the device has sufficient functions but as with any beacon, you need to practice them to make sure you can use them in a real-life situation. Couple highlights: masking lasts about 60-90 seconds, so you don't have to turn on/off the device to reset it like some others. Also, there's a feature that will start beeping once it's been on for 10-12hrs (not sure exactly how long but about that much) to remind you to turn it off before you run out of batteries. Happened to us one day and once we found what the "ringing hotel phone" sound was, were grateful not to have to replace the batteries a few days in. As many people would suggest, play with a few before settling on a specific device but I'd recommend trialing the T3 for sure.

    Great beacon

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Additional antenna does what it should - makes finding easier. Compared to my tracker 2 it looks very cool and feels good (not as plasticy). Less bulky and of course, since its BCA, its easy to use.

    the perfect beacon , the perfect size

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The tracker line has been by far my favorite line of beacons and this one is the icing on the cake. This new tracker 3 not only has amazing accuracy and simplicity but also a nice small profile so you wont be reminded every time you move that you have something strapped to your chest.

    I would suggest this to any one in the market for a new beacon for its ease of use and amazing profile!

    Trust it with my life

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I highly recommend this beacon for a beginner to expert level. It's super easy to use and figure out, transit and search mode are easy to switch on and off. Small and convenient pocket size wont be bother some in your pocket.

    User friendly, visual, LOUD

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I can be identified in a group of having a tracker 3, as most people can probably attest as well. The entire tracker line has been some of the easiest beacons to use that I have had the opportunity to use. The Baryovox pulse was decent, but there was a learning curve involved. The original tracker required pressing down a button (could be confusing to some), where the tracker 2, you just pull down on a tab at the bottom to go from transmit to search. It is super fast and user friendly. Well, the tracker 3 is just as easy, except pulling a tab down, you turn a dial. It is much smaller than the two before it, which allows for being able to put it in your pocket for when you are constantly going through layers or want the piece of mind of it in a zippered pocket. It is VERY audible. You know when you are turning it on or turning it off, as well as going from transmit to search and viceversa. However, there is a new software update that allows you to tone it down quite a bit which would be nice, except that it is PC only and we are a Mac house. The directional arrows and distance readings are usually spot on as well which helps get to those victims even faster.



    Next to a can koozie

    User friendly, visual, LOUD

    Beacon of the Now

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    When I first started heading into the backcountry, I was trained with a Tracker 2, arguably one of the simplest beacon interfaces that can be used. So when it came time to get my own gear, I decided to spend the few extra bucks and drop in to the Tracker 3. I love the small, sleek size, the screen is clear and easy to use, I like having the ability to track multiple burials, (though I hope to never have to worry about it!) and while not terribly important, the bleeps, blips, and boops sound like something from Galaga in the 80s. Biggest complaint is the removal of the "pull to search" feature of the Tracker 2- now you pull a little switch and twist a small knob, which is a slight pain in the ass to use with mitts or gloves on.

    User friendly

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I recently retired my old Orthovox for the Tracker 3 and should have done it a long time ago. This beacon is very easy to use in the search mode and provides the arrows/direction of search clearly. It also shows the battery power left upon start up which is a really nice feature as well. I like the size and weight on this as you can put it in a jacket or pant pocket no problem.

    CONFIDENT

      I used this beacon for an AIARE 1 avi class and loved how easy and simple it was to use. Used the BCA tracker 2 before upgrading but really, they are all pretty fool proof and easy to use. I really liked the slimness of the tracker 3 as it fits in leg pocket-easy access if needed. Nice loud beeps for detecting a body-never needed to use it in a real life situation thankfully, but if i did, this would be quick and on point!

      Great Beacon

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Bottom line, very user friendly, easy to locate a signal and grid search until you're right on top of the buried beacon(hopefully you're just practicing!). Only thing I don't like is that when you flag a beacon during a multiple burial scenario the beacon is only silenced for one minute. Other than that solid choice!

      First one!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Ahhhh! First avalanche beacon. This beacon is quick to locate buried beacons. Easy to use. I used it in my avalanche 1 training class and it was always the first to lock onto a buried beacon. Extremely accurate once you've locked onto a beacon. I hope I don't have to use itonce out im in the back country.

      First one!

      Upgraded my Tracker 2

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I always like the functionality of the Tracker 2 but I really hated the size. The idea of just clipping my beacon into my pocket and not worrying about it during layer changes is now a feasible reality for me with the Tracker 3. The tracker 3 fits well in my pocket!! I have been a Tracker user since day one due to their reliability and ease of use. The LCD display on the trackers is simple to use in locating burials and works great in all conditions. Switching from transmit to search is straight forward. I have messed around with the multiple burial modes. It is not the most intuitive system but seems like it would get the job done should the need arise. For single burials (We all ski one at a time anyway, right?) this does the job well. The noises this thing makes were surprising at first, coming from the beeping of the Tracker 2 to the space-age montage of the 3. They can be muted if it is too annoying. Overall, this delivers the reliability, durability, and usability that I expect from a BCA Tracker.

      Fast, Simple, & Solid.

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I've been a BCA Tracker user for well over a decade, so I'm a bit biased, and very familiar with the technology. Mostly because I've had great success with the tracker beacons and also because I crave simple solid gear for my clients and myself. It's fast & reliable like the T-1 and T-2's, and it's now got the ability to deal with multiple burials with a bit more ease. The T3 has also gotten a bit smaller and lighter! (who isn't a fan of that) Which means when I tether and stow it in my zipped front pant pocket it's less noticeable.
      When choosing a piece of emergency gear I'm VERY picky, and I have no patience for waiting on a slow beacon or a complicated one...

      Can anybody offer a direct comparison between the Tracker 3 and the Pieps DSP Pro? I'm debating between the two as an upgrade from the original Tracker DTS. I'm especially interested in range and processor speed.

      If you're used to the tracker systems staying with the same brand will be more intuitive when it comes to working with your beacon. Both beacons are great, but if you are familiar with one brand switching to a newer model will be easier than switching brands.

      Anyone compare this with Tracker 1.0 or...

      Anyone compare this with Tracker 1.0 or 2.0?

      Curious to see how this stacks!!

      Was just out in the yard playing with the T3. Stoked. And it's snowing here in Vail right now. Much faster than the DTS. T3 has a similar, if not faster processing speed than the Tracker 2 in smaller package with a couple of new tools for solving complex multiple burials, called signal suppression and big picture mode. But I'm really excited about the size and weight of it. Super light, and not much bigger than my iphone 5. Always happy to support Colorado grown companies like BCA.

      Was just out in the yard playing with the T3. Stoked. And it's snowing here in Vail right now. Much faster than the DTS. T3 has a similar, if not faster processing speed than the Tracker 2 in smaller package with a couple of new tools for solving complex multiple burials, called signal suppression and big picture mode. But I'm really excited about the size and weight of it. Super light, and not much bigger than my iphone 5.  Always happy to support Colorado grown companies like BCA.