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thep440177 wrote a review of on March 6, 2013

4 5

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

I bought these as a lightweight supplement to my Grivel G12 crampons. I've only used them once, but I've used my Grivels many times so I think I have a good sense of how they compare. The Neve are less aggressive (shorter spikes, and fewer of them) than most steel crampons. They are, obviously, less durable on rock. But they are perfect for carrying when you think you *might* need crampons, and for use on relatively soft spring snow. They are light in the pack but the real benefit shows up when they're on your feet, and then the weight reduction is wonderful. The anti bot plates work well -- the one time I used them, it was in sticky snow, and I had no unusual problem with icing. There is some snowballing on the bars, but flexing tends to keep that area clean. The strap on binding works well. Only time will tell how they hold up under use; I can't comment on durability yet.

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thep440177 wrote a review of on March 6, 2013

3 5

In hindsight, I think I might have been better off to spend a few more $ to get one of the carbon fiber probes. In side by side comparision in the field, I found that the aluminum probe has two issues: first, it bends more, and second, at temps around freezing ice accumulates on the probe shaft, and that changes the "feel." The third issue is not related to materials; it is that the locking mechanism tends to come unlocked. It takes a good tug on the wire to lock the pole pieces together, but seemingly only takes a little bit of tension to unlock them. It's not the greatest. That said, this probe does the job at a relatively economical price.

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thep440177 wrote a review of on March 6, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Shortly after purchasing the Ortovox Patroller, I participated in Level 1 avalanche training. During the training I had the opportunity to compare this unit to half a dozen different transceivers, including several units that are significantly more expensive than the Patroller. In single burial scenarios, the Patroller consistently picks up a signal at about 40m range regardless of burial depth (up to 5' in our simulation), and it will take you right to the transmitter. Certain more expensive units were able to pick up a signal at up to 50m range, but they were no more accurate in terms of locating the victim. In multiple burial situations, it can give conflicting directions. Following the signal to the general area of the burial, then searching in a spiral pattern resolves that problem. I think this unit is a good value, and I feel confident that it will perform well a real rescue situation. I'm not a fan of the harness system, but then again, I've never worn any transceiver that didn't shift around while I was wearing it. A leash would be nice to prevent dropping the unit while searching.

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