Shorten the search with the incredibly efficient Mammut Pulse Barryvox.
- For all burials, the Pulse uses a 360-degree direction arrow that leads you along the shortest path to the victim and eliminates the need for a final grid search
- A triple antenna eliminates all signals except the one you're following and marks victims once they're located
- Beacon shows you which signals are being searched for by other Pulse users, so your search is more efficient
- If you're the one buried, this Mammut beacon has a motion sensor that detects vital signs and lets other Pulse users know you're still alive
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Used this for practice recoveries and wore it for a 7 day trip recently. I like it better than the Tracker Two but its just personal preference. Both are fast but I find the harness on the Pulse to be much more comfortable. Maybe seems trivial in a beacon, but it had a lot of value for me!
Speed of recovery was so close as to be negligible.
I like that it has an audio only mode in case something happens to the screen. The screen gets a bit of a rainbow haze when viewed through my polarized glasses but did not affect usability. Highly recommended.
So fast and easy to use. I love the three-point harness system because it allows me to wear it closer to my hip, making it easier to grab with my right hand. Nice, slim design. I've used this beacon many times for burial practice scenarios and it never fails - fast and accurate. The interface is a no-brainer - I unpacked it and started operating it without reading the instructions (of course I read them later).
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I finally upgraded after 12 years, and I went with this in part because most heli operators are using these, which means they must be simple and reliable. It is intuitive and straightforward once you get the functions dialed. The multiple burial functions, and mark function are great, and while I hope to never use in real life, find times in Beacon parks are very fast. I think it is a great choice, which I hope I never actually need.
A couple of questions... first off, how would you compare the Pulse to the Tracker2? I am a beginner in avalanche beacons but am planning to take part in all backcountry has to offer in the next few seasons and beyond. Also, I have heard somewhere that the Mammut beacons only work with other Mammut's... I am assuming from what I have read that this is false... but I just wanted to make sure and not assume. Thanks for your help!
Hey Chris, I used the Tracker2 for many years. It's a great beacon, and it's also pretty simple. That being said, I really think it's worth it to spring for the Pulse. You can leave the factory settings in place for now and then as you grow in your backcountry skiing, you can customize it. I honestly feel like this is the easiest beacon out there to use. There's a reason so many heli ski companies are making this the beacon their clients use. It's stupid easy to use, and that's what you want when it hits the fan. (Be sure to practice too).
As for the mammut to mammut, that's bogus. That being said, the newer beacons are easier to find because of the way they send out their pulse. It's complicated, but the short version is that the new beacons isolate the different signals based on the leading edge of incoming signals. The newer beacons are built for this and thus, a group of new beacons will be easier to find in a multiple beacon search, than a group of old beacons. Hope that helps!
This is definitely a great beacon and it is easy to use. There are two settings. Basic and advanced. I have been using it on the basic settings and it is very user friendly. Can move to the advanced settings when totally confident with the basic. The reason people say that this doesn't work with other beacons is due to a function that reads a victim's pulse. This is controversial because it will not show a pulse for someone with another beacon although it will pick up the signal. This can introduce other variables into a rescue which may or may not be good.
Yeah, agree with Grant and Will. Interesting to think about prioritization in a multiple burial situation where one burial is wearing another Pulse beacon and others are not. I'd be interested to hear thoughts.
As far as the beacon "working" Mammut to non-Mammut - yes, of course, the search functions work beautifully in every scenario I've worked. It's the just question of the pulse function.
The reason I bought this item is because, I believe the Mammut Pulse Barryvox is the best way tho Triage a multiple barial patient scenario. I'm a Paramedic! Why dig a patient out of a avalanche if there already dead. Mark and move onto the next victim. Triaging patients based on depeth is a thing of the past.
Hi there, trying to decide between this beacon and the element. fairly novice user, but planning on getting more involved with touring/heli skiing over the next few seasons. Have used the pulse on my last heli trip, and it was intuitive enough, just wondering if it's worth the extra $. the vital signs feature isn't really that importatnt to me, so is the main difference the more advanced search modes?
I own a Pulse, and recommend it. I feel it is always worth the extra money. Never a regret in that investment.
Mammut sees it like this:
the PULSE is for:
Beginner with ambitions
Mountain / Ski guide and tour leader
and the ELEMENT for:
You can see a detailed comparison here:
If you are planning on getting out more often and getting more involved in backcountry riding I would definitely recommend the Pulse. It had basic steeings as well as advanced so once you get confident with searching in the basic settings you can move up to the advanced settings. Definitely a great beacon.
At my avalanche class many Pulse users were complaining about interference caused by an iPhone in the user's pocket. Has anyone else noticed this problem?
All beacons are susceptible to interference from cell phones and other electronic devices. If you're in avalanche territory, turn off your phone.
Or, think about keeping it away from your beacon. If your phone is in the top of your pack and your beacon is at your waste, you're probably okay. The interference drops off quite quickly.
Agree with Dave and Grant .... John Barkhausen of Prescott College did some tests on interference from electronic devices, and presented it at last national aval conference. He found cells, GPS, iPods, SPOT, and other digital devices can and do interfere with beacon signals if held or stored closer than 40cm from searching transceiver .... about 'arms-length'. He found much less effect if device was near a transmitting beacon.
Dave is right. If you're spending time in the backcountry - why have you cell phone on at all. You can certainly turn it to airplane mode and back only when needed.
I have noticed that an iphone placed next to the pulse will get the pulse to behave strangly, even in send mode. It will beep and will also behave as if it is searching. I've noticed something similar with the DSP as well.
I've had a friend with me experience this with a Tracker II as well.
So stoked I was able to get my hands on one of these, its made me more comfortable in teh backcountry, just because I feel so comfortable usuing it. Its super easy to learn to use, its just rad!
I had a Tracker DTS but decided to upgrade when I started getting more serious about my backcountry pursuits and avalanche training. Although the Tracker is a good beacon it just doesn't compare to the features found on the Pulse Barryvox. For multiple burials it is incredible and although the stats aren't good for multiple burials I feel a hell of a lot more confident that I could find my buds a lot faster if it were to ever happen.
The battery life says 2hours this must only be in search mode anyone know the battery life in transmit?
Great beacon, has everything you want/need without being overly complicated. It's great for beginners while in basic mode, yet also has an advanced mode for guides and pros.
The user-interface is simple, only two buttons. The build quality seems to be good, I spent a lot of time playing with it over this past season, and it's held up very well. Also, the battery life is pretty good considering the performance that you're getting out of it.
I'd recommend it to anyone.
I took the opportunity to extensively play with and test all three of the "high end" beacons (S1, Pulse, DPS) on the market recently when upgrading from a 10 year old tracker, and the Mammut was by far my favorite. To me, the interface was very easy and intuitive to read and use. The GUI has no frills or pictures of little buried men like the S1, which to me seemed clunky and awkward. Just a list of buried signals, a floating arrow, and a number; perfect. Marking signals is easy, and scrolling through signals in multiple burial situations is easy and gives you the info you need quickly to determine who to locate first.
Being able to hear the analog signal too also aids in searching, and if all else fails and the software starts going crazy, you can always switch over to analog mode and you're still in business.
The newer firmware has gotten rid of much of the annoying "Stand Still" and "Hold Level" messages that used to pop up all of the time. I rarely see any of these now.
As always for any beacon, practice with it and become proficient with it so it becomes second nature to use.
Bottom line; this is a great beacon with many advanced features that can really aid in a recovery situation. Even with all of the bells and whistles though, the interface makes it easy for anyone to just pick up and start using without prior experience. Worth the extra $$ over other models.
tried pretty much every 3 antenna beacon, and this was my favorite. Small, light, and easy to use
I had a hard time justifying spending the extra 100 odd $'s on this over an Ortovox or BCA.. but I am glad I did. I have gotten to play with the BCA Tracker and Tracker 2 and much prefer the Mammut Pulse in every way, from size to ease of operation. After doing some quick searches I found that I was (and this is to each their own) more proficient at locating and pinpointing a buried beacon with the Pulse Barryvox over the others. That harness size and how the harness fits you is better with the Barryvox than with both the BCA beacons. The pulse feature and multiple burial capabilities as well as an advanced and novice modes make this the Beacon for me. Either way you go.. get yourself a beacon and know how to use it!
UPDATE: I still LOVE my beacon, but the harness is really pissing me off. It does not stay where you put it. I'll tighten it so it is centered on my torso (in between the hip bel and chest straps of my pack) and while riding the harness loosens up, which isn't good as it should always be tight agains your body. Still a 5 star because this beacon rocks!
This is my first beacon, though I have used the Tracker before. I finally decided on the Pulse after doing some research and watching demonstration videos on YouTube. It seemed easy to use and great for multiple burial situations. I took it to my Avy 1 course and was happy to see that both of the instructors (a heli ski guide in AK and NZ, and the other in charge of SAR at a major ski resort) both used the same beacon. I found it easy to use during practice though sometimes you do need to be patient and let the processor lock onto the signal. The Pulse also had one of the longest ranges of all the different beacons others had in the class. On mine the signal dropped out at around 70m while my friend's Tracker dropped the signal at 35m out. I haven't yet practiced a multiple burial scenario yet. I also like the smaller size compared to some of the other beacons out there.
Recently completed an Avalanche Course and compare the Pulse with Pieps DSP.There wasnt one sceniero the Pulse didn't out perform the Pieps....maybe just that untit but the construction alone on the Pulse is far better than the Pieps.
The switches on both sides of the Pulse are rubberised and the audio beeps can really be heard and appreciated in a low visibility and windy situation.Thats why the avalanche schools use the Pulse I guess!
This is my first beacon, and the only basis I have for comparing it to others has been using it and comparing my experience with that of other beginners during avy training. The short of it is that it is easy to use.
The Pulse units would consistently pick up signals from longer range than any others in the group- this included Trackers, DSPs, a few others- at 70m both of the pulses in our line lit up, with the rest of the units ranging anywhere from 20-50m before acquiring a signal.
On occasion this unit will become confused and order you to stop waving it about while it understands its environment. This seems to happen more in situations where there are many sending beacons, one or more of them are moving, or where you're rotating the beacon about excessively (or possibly if you haven't calibrated the device- the Pulse uses an internal compass to help it understand its spatial relationship to the the signals it's getting) Used deliberately, rather than rushingly, searches went efficiently.
While practicing large-group multiple-burial scenarios, I found that I could quickly obtain and use information with this unit to direct team members whose beacons didn't tell them these things. For example, knowing that there were 4 close-together burials (in a drill where we didn't know the total number of victims) helped individual rescuers better understand the confusing signals they were getting during their grid searches, and it allowed us to organize the team to search, probe, and dig pretty much in parallel.
I certainly expected that as a beginner I would be able to use this device to do an effective individual search- what surprised me was that as a beginner I was also able to use the information it provided to switch roles and organize a team of rescuers.
can i use this in japan?
Yes, the international frequency standard for all beacons is 457 kHz.
Yes, but you might have to turn off the W radio link (vital signs signal aka pulse) as it is not allowed in Japan.
yes...got mine here, use it here (in Japan that is)...no issue...you'll be able to use.
Just finished the Avy1 class. Those with the Barryvox generally outperformed everyone else (especially on multiple burials). So easy to use that right out of the box anyone with common sense can find beacons. With a little practice, you can feel fairly proficient in your beacon finding skills. OK it is a little more pricey than the others, but I have no regrets spending a little more on something that if I ever do have to use it, I know that when seconds count, I have the best equipment available to find my buddy or wife.
Love this beacon. Easy to wear, easy to operate in gloves, easy to understand screen interface. I have practice with this device a lot and it does an amazing job at locating. I really appreciate both the on screen and audio feedback when in search mode. The audio feedback overall are incredibly helpful. The device makes practice fun and gives you confidence that you have the best tool for the job.