ale3639619

ale3639619

Wasatch, Alps, UK

Alex's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Paddling
Climbing

Alex's Bio

Mountain Biking, paddling, backcountry skiing, mountaineering, climbing...what ever is going!!!!

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ale3639619 wrote a review of on March 10, 2010

5 5

An essential piece of gear for backcountry travel, a beacon is only as effective as the person using it. with knowledge of how the beacon works and how to do a effective search this beacon is all you need. i found it very intuative to use allowing you to be quick and to the point.a decent range and may not have the bells and whistles of its digital counterparts but because of its simpler function is easier to use. whilst novices with digital beacons will be fumbling with different symbols,arrows and other messages the f1 cuts to the chase allowing very quick search times.all beacons take practice before you can become consitantly quick but the f1 is straight forward to use.this beacon may not be the most advanced but it is sufficent for anyone who wants to be in the backcountry.at a price not to be sniffed at dont assume that bigger is better!

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ale3639619 wrote a review of on March 10, 2010

3 5

After writting the review below i did have a problem with this probe. i went to assemble it when digging a snow pit,when i pulled on the cord,the cord cut through the end of the metal tube about 1 cm and in doing so cut the sheeth of the cord.now if it had done this on a multiday tour or say it cut right through the cord if i needed it for the unthinkable i would of been put up a creek without a paddle. the consequences could of involved alot more digging,luckly it happened at a time when it was more of an inconveience then a problem.-just take it easy whilst assembling i guess.


This probe does everything it says on the tin. it is robust enough to with stand frequent use and on the longer end of the scale to be useful at 280cm.
it is extremely quick to assemble and is everything you need it to be.
i find however when collapsing the probe i often have to take a glove off to push the locking button back in.apart from this i cant fault it for its design.a good standard piece of kit for any backcountry adventurer!

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ale3639619 wrote a review of on March 10, 2010

5 5

This shovel is everything you need it to be.its light enough that you dont really feel it in the pack,it assembles super quick with no fiddling what so ever at the cruical momnet and it shfts snow.while the blade isnt the biggest its still big enough and light enough to power through even the toughest debris.
Everything you want and need it to be!!!

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