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Bill Porreca

Bill Porreca

Wasatch, UT

William's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Snowshoeing
Skiing
Climbing

William's Bio

Backcountry.com’s Gearheads are your instant connection to gear knowledge. They’re passionate outdoor experts hell-bent on helping you find the right ski, saddle, or pro. Follow their adventures and exploits.

Let me know if you have any questions you can always give me a call 1800-409-4502 my extension is 4181 and I work Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. Follow me to learn about the gear I use or articles I have written. If the phone is not your thing feel free to email me at bporreca@backcountry.com.

Bill Porreca

Bill Porreca posted a video about on October 15, 2014

You can see in the video when he flips the beacon without a smart antenna the beeping stops. When he lays it flat it starts beeping again. When we switch to a beacon with a smart antenna it has a small break in the beeping when it gets flipped vertical but, it continues to transmit a strong signal.

The Ortovox devices have three antennas (x, y, and z).
All three antennas are used during Searches. The x and
y antennas are used to display the distance and the direction
of movement. The z antenna is solely used for the fine search.
The Ortovox devices are the only devices on the market that can analyze the position of the antennas using smart antenna technology and transmit via both the x and the y antenna.
This vastly increases (up to doubles) the victim?s transmission
range, making him or her far easier to find (improved visibility).

When you are in the vertical position without Smart-antenna = poor visibility. A vertically positioned transmitter antenna (x antenna) only emits a signal vertically and results in poor visibility due to minimum area coverage (range) in the search area. A vertical tranSmitter without a Smart antenna is therefore more difficult to locate.

When you are in the vertical position with Smart-antenna = very Good visibility. The patented Smart-antenna-technoloGy resolves this problem of poor visibility in the vertical position. The position sensor analyzes the device?s position in the avalanche and automatically switches to the y-antenna. As a result, the antenna once again transmits horizontally and expands the area coverage to almost the maximum range, making it easier to locate victims in less time.

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Bill Porreca

Bill Porreca posted a video about on October 15, 2014

You can see in the video when he flips the beacon without a smart antenna the beeping stops. When he lays it flat it starts beeping again. When we switch to a beacon with a smart antenna it has a small break in the beeping when it gets flipped vertical but, it continues to transmit a strong signal.

The Ortovox devices have three antennas (x, y, and z).
All three antennas are used during Searches. The x and
y antennas are used to display the distance and the direction
of movement. The z antenna is solely used for the fine search.
The Ortovox devices are the only devices on the market that can analyze the position of the antennas using smart antenna technology and transmit via both the x and the y antenna.
This vastly increases (up to doubles) the victim?s transmission
range, making him or her far easier to find (improved visibility).

When you are in the vertical position without Smart-antenna = poor visibility. A vertically positioned transmitter antenna (x antenna) only emits a signal vertically and results in poor visibility due to minimum area coverage (range) in the search area. A vertical tranSmitter without a Smart antenna is therefore more difficult to locate.

When you are in the vertical position with Smart-antenna = very Good visibility. The patented Smart-antenna-technoloGy resolves this problem of poor visibility in the vertical position. The position sensor analyzes the device?s position in the avalanche and automatically switches to the y-antenna. As a result, the antenna once again transmits horizontally and expands the area coverage to almost the maximum range, making it easier to locate victims in less time.

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Bill Porreca

Bill Porreca posted a video about on October 15, 2014

You can see in the video when he flips the beacon without a smart antenna the beeping stops. When he lays it flat it starts beeping again. When we switch to a beacon with a smart antenna it has a small break in the beeping when it gets flipped vertical but, it continues to transmit a strong signal.

The Ortovox devices have three antennas (x, y, and z).
All three antennas are used during Searches. The x and
y antennas are used to display the distance and the direction
of movement. The z antenna is solely used for the fine search.
The Ortovox devices are the only devices on the market that can analyze the position of the antennas using smart antenna technology and transmit via both the x and the y antenna.
This vastly increases (up to doubles) the victim?s transmission
range, making him or her far easier to find (improved visibility).

When you are in the vertical position without Smart-antenna = poor visibility. A vertically positioned transmitter antenna (x antenna) only emits a signal vertically and results in poor visibility due to minimum area coverage (range) in the search area. A vertical tranSmitter without a Smart antenna is therefore more difficult to locate.

When you are in the vertical position with Smart-antenna = very Good visibility. The patented Smart-antenna-technoloGy resolves this problem of poor visibility in the vertical position. The position sensor analyzes the device?s position in the avalanche and automatically switches to the y-antenna. As a result, the antenna once again transmits horizontally and expands the area coverage to almost the maximum range, making it easier to locate victims in less time.

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Bill Porreca wrote an answer about on October 13, 2014

So the CR liner will be much more comfortable out of the box. The CL liner was made to be the lightest and have the best articulation. Either way I recommend going with an Intuition after market liner, the Dynafit shells are revolutionary but, they are lacking a comfortable liner in the CL or CR version unfortunately. We cant wait till they jump on the Intuition train like Scarpa has.

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Bill Porreca wrote an answer about on October 13, 2014

All of the carabiners minus the Ball lock has an opening of 21 mm. The ball lock is 22 mm opening. Petzl does not list the length and width of the actual carabiner. Lemme see if I can call a friend who works over there and might have that info.

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Bill Porreca wrote an answer about on October 13, 2014

The Skier Cross uses a thermolite insulation and the Fall line uses a foam insulation. My guess is that the Fall line will be warmer, thermolite tends to breathe really well. I am checking my assumption with Hestra, when I hear back Ill let you know.

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Bill Porreca wrote an answer about on October 13, 2014

Rob, I am going to quote our Black Diamond rep, these are the people who own POC.

"The first color refers to the strap and frame color, the second color is the lens color, and the last color is the outside coating (i.e. mirror coating). The best go-to all conditions colors are the Pink and the Persimmon lens colors. They come in with a Visible Light Transmittance (VLT) of 32 and 41. Pink may be a little light on the super bright days but the Persimmon (VLT 41) would work for all."

The lens pink with a gold coating has a VLT of 32
Bronze with a silver coating has a VLT of 31
Persimmon with a red coating has a VLT of 41
Sonar orange has a VLT of 39
Black has a VLT of 7.

Variable light transmission or VLT refers to how much light is allowed through. So the black with a VLT of 7 is meant for super sunny days where Persimmon is meant for more overcast days.

Lets all Thank BD for the help and let me know if you have any other questions.

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Bill Porreca wrote an answer about on October 13, 2014

Down Defender is great, its better in wet conditions compared to normal down but, Primaloft is still going to win in the rain. It will definitely dry faster and be warmer in the event it gets soaked. If your looking for the best check out North Face's Thermoball Options.

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Bill Porreca wrote an answer about on October 12, 2014

Well measuring from the bottom of the wrist gives you a pretty good idea of what size you should be in. If you are in between sizes people generally tend to choose he smaller of the two to ensure good dexterity. You could always try both sizes and then choose which one you want. We will provide a free UPS return label to get one back to us.

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