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- Has 60 meters of digital range
- Minimum battery life of 200 hours for greatest possible chance of success
- Batteries included for a ready-to-use package
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This beacon is superb. The harness is easy to adjust and very comfortable to wear, the display is easy to read and understand, and the button/latch clearly defines transmit/search mode. Very user friendly and confidence inspiring.
Recently completed my AST 1 with a group of 7 other friends, all beginners. I bought this after doing some research against prices and specs, and also my friends recommending other trackers/beacons which they were going to buy, had or already tried in a shop. I stuck with my choice which was this awesome Mammut Element Barryvox Avalanche Beacon, during our practice on an actual mountain off piste, we buried a couple of beacons at varying depths and disturbed the top of the snow in the whole area so we couldn't follow snow tracks. One thing I noticed was I was able to track faster and more accurately in the coarse and fine search than my friends who where using cheaper but more popular trackers being ones that use L.E.D. lights for direction instead of a LCD screen, I found with the coarse search I didn't have to stop as much when the arrow direction changed as the Element has 9 directions compared to 5 or less, when it came to the fine search I found the Mammut landing strip search to be absolutely fantastic, I used this in a cross pattern to precisely pinpoint the beacon and within a few stabs of the probe I had located it. In the fine search I found I was finding the beacon within 30secs compared to all my friends at about 2-3mins with only the distance number to work with and the LED directional arrows confusing them with the fine search, for beginners I was on it like a pro thanks to this beacon and could only imagine I would be even faster with the Mammut pulse which uses a floating directional arrow for the coarse search. If I was buried, I would wish all my friends had a beacon this accurate and not a cheaper one.
The harness is super comfortable and extremely well made. The switch from off to send to search is a simple large slide switch on top of the beacon, no issues there. And the multiple burials is super easy to use and mark with the push of a button.
I'm seriously happy with this beacon!!! Highly Recommended
Just took an AVY class last weekend and my element was by far the best performing beacon. It had the most range and was the easiest to use, especially in our multi burial scenarios. I'm so glad I bought this one.
why buy this beacon over the pulse besides it being cheaper?
This beacon is a little more simpler in use. The Pulse has many awesome options that are an absolute necessary for guides who may be in multiple burial scenario's. This beacon is a more simple version of that suitable for the everyday backcountry skier therefore its functionality is a little easier to work with. Still the same great search technology as the Pulse though, definitely an awesome beacon.
When the sh$t hits the fan you want to be ready. I'm a n00b. I bought this because it is easy to use and it works. We did a few days of training with this beacon, and it worked flawlessly, the graphics are easy to follow, and the beeps have a change of pitch when it gets closer. Fortunately we didn't have to use it under a real situation, but if that were to happen, I'd be confident my party would find me, and I'd be able to find them.
I have performed some practise work with this beacon and have found it very easy to use as well as being apparently reliable and accurate. I hope never to be using it in the sort of situation that it is ultimately designed for, but feel confident that it will be the ideal tool if such an unfortunate situation does ever come about.
By far this is my favorite beacon in this price range. My first beacon was a BCA Tracker and I was able to use a Mammut Pulse Barryvox when I did my Avy 1. The Pulse really blew my Tracker away, so when I had to get a new beacon I was stoked to check out the Element. The Element is extremely similar to the Pulse and I feel like Mammut did a great job of creating a more budget friendly version by leaving out some non-essential (at least in my opinion) features.
hey what would be better the Ortovox 3 Plus Beacon or the Mammut Element Barryvox Avalanche becon?pros and cons? and which one u would get?
Hey isaac clark,
Great question. It really is going to depend on what kind of user you will be as the Mammut Element Barryvox Avalanche Beacon is primed more for the occasional, group or beginner user and the Ortovox 3 Plus is a little more for the avid backcountry go-getters.
The Element is more simplistic in its use as it only has one button while with the Ortovox, you have place two switches outward to go to search mode. The range in digital is similar as the 3 plus is 40m and the Element is 50m. The time that the beacons takes to switch from search to transmit mode without a signal is 2 minutes for the 3 plus and 8 minutes for the Element. Also, the 3 plus is lighter than the Element.
My personal opinion is that the Element is a great beacon for people who are just starting to use one. The 3 plus is great for someone who has had some use with simpler beacons in the past and would want an upgrade, but not to something that is super complicated. Since I've had beacon work in the past (Ortovox D3 to Mammut Pulse Barryvox), I would go with the 3 plus between the two.
Are the switches/buttons big enough to use with your gloves on?
This is an awesome avalanche beacon that works very well and is so simple to use. The strap is garbage , had to cut mine off and install a better quality strap and buckle that work properly. If you buy one make sure when you shut it off to put it in the case backwards so that the off switch that sticks out fits in the slot , that way it won't turn itself on when you don't expect it to. It also saves the screen from getting damaged when putting it in backwards.