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Stealth 240 Probe

Backcountry Access Stealth 240 Probe

$49.95

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Tourlight Probe 260

Voile Tourlight Probe 260

$48.95

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200cm Economic Avalanche Probe

Ortovox 200cm Economic Avalanche Probe

$38.95

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240cm Economic Probe

Ortovox 240cm Economic Probe

$41.95

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Light 2.40 Probe

ARVA Light 2.40 Probe

$44.95

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Backcountry 320 Probe

Backcountry.com Backcountry 320 Probe

$44.20 $55.25 20% Off

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Backcountry 240 Probe

Backcountry.com Backcountry 240 Probe

$37.40 $46.75 20% Off

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240 Aluminum HD Avalanche Probe

Brooks-Range 240 Aluminum HD Avalanche Probe

$38.32 $58.95 35% Off

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QuickDraw Guide Probe 300

Black Diamond QuickDraw Guide Probe 300

$32.48 $64.95 50% Off

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Avalanche Probe Expert

Mammut Avalanche Probe Expert

$34.98 $69.95 50% Off

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190 Carbon Speed TECH SL Probe

G3 190 Carbon Speed TECH SL Probe

$46.17 $76.95 40% Off

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QuickDraw Tour Probe 190

Black Diamond QuickDraw Tour Probe 190

$26.97 $44.95 40% Off

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Avalanche Probe Plus

Mammut Avalanche Probe Plus

$32.97 $54.95 40% Off

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Pro+ 2.80 Probe

ARVA Pro+ 2.80 Probe

$35.72 $64.95 45% Off

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How to Buy an Avalanche Probe

Seconds of Probing Saves Minutes Of Digging
Avalanche Probes

Without a probe, it’s nearly impossible to pinpoint a victim after a beacon search, so you have to excavate far more snow in order to locate someone. This can be the difference between seconds of digging and minutes of digging, which may be the difference between your friend living or dying.

Depth Marks:

Almost every probe features length measurements printed on the shaft. These measurements are handy for gauging snow depth when you’re digging test pits or doing quick spot-evaluations of the snowpack.

Length:

Deep burials are bad news, but they’re even worse if your probe isn’t long enough to find the victim. A short probe (200-230cm) is lightweight and easy to pack while a longer probe (300cm+) might be heavier and harder to pack, but you’ll always know you have the length length to pinpoint a victim in a deep burial.

Shaft Material:

Carbon is ultralight and makes a great choice for weight-obsessed backcountry skiers. Aluminum’s durability makes it a solid pick for those who dig lots of test pits or prefer more traditional materials for their safety gear.