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The Black Diamond QuickDraw Guide Probe 300's extra-long length makes it a standout choice for backcountry skiing in deep snowpack. Black Diamond’s lightweight aluminum tubes and one-motion deployment design makes setup extremely fast when seconds count. The QuickDraw Guide Probe 300 also includes one-centimeter markings to help you accurately evaluate snow pits and avoid avalanches in the first place.

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Solid

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Ditto everything everyone else has said. Very easy to use and the length is what I wanted. Only con I will give is that I wish the marking where etched on and not printed. You can tell the numbers are going to wear off after a while.

Nice to have the 300

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

It's a probe... pretty straight forward. Practiced with it a few times, and seems like it will hold up well. I would definitely recommend getting the 300 cm if you ski in areas that have a deep snowpack. It's amazing how quick you can burry to the handle when you're doing your snowpack analysis in the PNW and other areas that get a lot of snow. A great deal at Backcountry.com now - as inexpensive as any 'economy' short probe.

Works great.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Haven't had to use it in a burial situation, but got a chance to put it to work in an Aiare course.



Simple to use, quick flick of the wrist and a pull of the cord and it snaps into place. 300 cm was the recommended length by my avi course instructor. Better safe than sorry.

Works great.

One kink that looks to have been solved.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Light weight, quick and easy to deploy - functionally it was all good. After a couple seasons of use the numbers started wearing off, which made it difficult to take measurements from my pit results. Looks like they may have beefed up the boldness on the numbers and lines though - so I'd probably buy it again.

Great probe

    I purchased this probe last winter and have been very happy with it! I'm so glad I went with the longer length, as it's great for measuring total snow pack, but still light weight and super easy to use. It feels very sturdy once it's deployed and has a great grip on it.



    Gotta love a long probe

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This thing is so handy! its great for measuring total snowpack depth, or epic sword fights with your buddies. its especially nice for cutting rouche blocks. It is a bit heavy and its kinda big. But its also super burly and for me I'd rather carry the extra weight and be prepared for anything.

    Quick, Fast, Light

      This probe is awesome - easy to use, lightweight, and fast to deploy. I highly recommend this probe for anyone looking for an easy to read, easy to operate probe. It deploys and engages very quickly when every second counts. The handle grip is awesome with or without gloves on. I can't say enough about this probe. Hats off to BD for making another amazing product.

      Awesome

        Love this probe. I work as a full time patroler. We are required to do weekly drills and my last one was holding up great. Just bought 2 more. One to replace the one I lost, one for my second setup. I have had an issue with icing on the locking mechanisim. After use just make sure to dry. If your not packing at least a 300 cm you might as well be carring a pencil.

        Awesome

          Love this probe. I work as a full time patroler. We are required to do weekly drills and my last one was holding up great. Just bought 2 more. One to replace the one I lost, one for my second setup. I have had an issue with icing on the locking mechanisim. After use just make sure to dry. If your not packing at least a 300 cm you might as well be carring a pencil.

          Very Fast to Deploy

            This is a great probe it deploys in a matter of second. You throw it out and pull, and its ready to go. I think this size of probe is the right size for a probe. It seems really sturdy when going through the snow in rescue scenarios. Great construction and it will last a long time.

            Gets 'er done.

              Deploys fast, super rugged and locking mechanism is sweet. Might as well buy the longest probe you can, because who knows. Measurement markings make this probe super handy when doing pit profiles. Sling this puppy out and lock it up fast, no more lookin' like a chump during drills.

              First class piece of equipment I hope to never use

                When I received this new probe I quickly practiced using it. It is extremely easy to assemble in seconds and has a real solid feel. I also like the extra length and grip at the end. Hopefully I will never need to use this probe but it is good to know I have a solid piece of rescue equipment with me.

                wow

                  This probe is all it is hyped up to be. This thing is ready in under 5 second and its strong! Super impressed with this one just after some beacon training and I really like the markings that run throughout the entire length of the probe. Get this one!!

                  not too shabby

                    used this probe about 7 times while practising scenerios ina couple avy courses, nice length, and thickness doesnt deflect too much in chunky hardpack.
                    deploys quick and easy, i think it the inside laminated cord may detriorate quickly exposing the wire but we'll see.

                    Does anyone know the length of these probes...

                    Does anyone know the length of these probes when packed? Need to know if it will fit in my daypack. Thanks!

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                    I cannot understand the directions on the...

                    I cannot understand the directions on the Black Diamond QuickDraw Guide Probe 300 re. how to adjust the cable length. I think my cable is too long. I cannot seem to loosen the lock ring, even with 2 pliers. Then, I do not know which way is "clockwise". Do I hold the barrel lock away from me and turn clockwise? or toward me and turn clockwise?

                    With probes i've always heard the longer,...

                    With probes i've always heard the longer, the better. And this is a reasonably priced probe from a reliable brand. Is there anything better on the market or would this BD 300cm be the one to buy?

                    Best Answer

                    Check out my review below. This is one of the top rated probes on the market. The combination of aluminum and carbon fiber makes it very light, sturdy, and durable. It is really easy to assemble and the added length over many other probes is definitely a bonus. When disassembled it is no bigger than most probes and packs really well into your pack. You should go for it. It's a great deal on one of the best probes out there.

                    For me the probe to get is still the G3 Professional Tech Probe. Buuuut the locking mechanism on the BD Quickdraw is really fast, something the G3 lacks. IMO length is important, especially if the buried victim is using an avalung (increasing the time they can stay alive under the snow by up to 40+ min). I insist all my bc riding buddies get nothing smaller than a 280 for their probe. Once of these buddies purchased this and he really likes it. The only thing this probe lacks in alternating colors (makes finding victims easier), and a mushroom tip (helps the probe not stick to the snowpack and aids in glide). Other recomended probes would be the G3 Professional Tech and the BCA SR3.

                    Cliffnotes: 300+ is the ideal length for a probe. The BD Quickdraw is a good choice.

                    Anyone know what the segment length on...

                    Anyone know what the segment length on this probe is? My G3 probe won't fit in the avalanche tool pocket on my BD Covert pack (it has 46 cm segments). Thanks.

                    Best Answer

                    I was wondering the same thing and even checked out the BD website. I wouldn't take this conclusion to be 100% accurate but based on all of the photos showing 8 segments and the overall length being 300cm, 300/8=37.5 ...the male/female connections are probably about 2.5-3.5cm so I estimate the segment lengths to be 40-41cm.