JAMES M.wrote a review of Pieps Freeride Avalanche Beacon on November 13, 2010
I bought one of these for ski mountaineer racing because it was so small and light. However, I often use it along with my Tracker and Ortovox S1 to perform practice scenarios. This beacon is often hard to find for both my other beacons. The range is terrible and the ability of the other beacons to detect it efficiently is very dependent on the orientation of the the Freeride when it is buried. In some instances, especially when the Freeride is buried more than a meter deep, it gets really hairy. I also get frequent Error messages and the beacon stops transmitting all together for periods of time. Please, spend a little more money and buy a more advanced beacon with multiple antenna and a better range. I've lived and skied in the mountains my entire life and, in my opinion this is a dangerous product with no place in the avalanche safety world. You owe it to yourself and especially your ski partners to equip yourself with a beacon you can rely on. I love the simplicity of my Tracker and I love the cutting edge technology of my Ortovox S1. I also have some experience with the Pulse Barryvox and, though complicated at first, I also found it to be very good once I familiarized myself with it.
Owe ya, and its also poorly constructed