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Take the Ortovox 200 Economic Avalanche Probe with you for safer traveling in the backcountry. Using a probe is the best way to put time on you side during a beacon search. An aluminum shaft and KEVLAR® cord make this Ortovox probe durable and trustworthy. The different colored segments indicate the depth of your search. This 200cm probe deploys quickly, and it's compact, folded size makes it easy to stash in your daypack.

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Too cheap

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Not a great title for avy gear.



I've only used this a few times (for snow study and practice)...

1) The markings are already worn off, rendering it rather frustrating for actually doing the job.

2) It's too short. Also quite narrow and not very strong. I've had trouble getting it through ice layers (aka false strikes) when other probes can.

3) It's hard to assemble. With gloves on it usually takes me a try or two and some concentration to get the knot in the notch.



Maybe a good backup to keep in your car or something. But that's about it.

Great value

    On the short side of things, but super solid and lightweight. If you're looking for a budget friendly option this is a good choice. I really like the simple locking mechanism thats just a well placed knot - it's really easy to engage with fat mittens or when dexterity is otherwise compromised.

    Solid, Good Price

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

    This isn't the nicest probe you can buy, but it is a SOLID probe. The 200 cm length is about as short as you should go in my opinion, and this one has variations in color down the probe to help you gauge depth. The locking mechanism seems sturdy enough and is quick to engage and then disengage to fold it up.



    Luckily I haven't ever really HAD to use it, but if I ever did, it would get the job done.

    Great probe

      I liked this probe for general touring. The 200 cm is too short for guiding or patrol work, but this probe is very economical and easy to use. I used it several times in burial drills with great results. The markings on the side are great for quantifying quick snow pits. I would recommend tying a knot in the end to make the extension smooth and quick.