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zoltan korossy

zoltan korossywrote a review of on March 22, 2010

5 5

An excellent beacon which carries on the tradition of the Tracker DTS. It's an extremely simple beacon to use, which even a first time user would be able to carry out a search with. It has one switch, one toggle, and one button. It our looking for something which requires minimal setup or study to use, this is it. There's also a lot to be said for an easy and foolproof device when faced with a high adrenaline situation. It's pretty hard to use incorrectly. BCA has also done the right thing in keeping the price low, and making a three antenna beacon affordable for more people. It eliminates spikes as effectively as any 3 antenna model.

You should note, though, the Tracker 2 doesn't have a multiple burial search capability, nor can it mask a beacon you've already found. It uses the same search restriction method which the Tracker DTS used, which requires knowledge and practice of the method. I can see why they've done it, since only about 2% burials have multiples victims, and it keeps the beacon extremely simple, and it says in line with the design philosophy.

The Tracker 2 slots in nicely with the other three antenna receivers. If you want extremely high tech with a lot of options, look at the Barryvox Pulse or Ortovox S1, if you want a simple beacon with multiple burial capability look at the Pieps DSP, and if you want a inexpensive and barebones simple beacon look at the Tracker 2.

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zoltan korossywrote a review of on January 14, 2010

5 5

This is an excellent boot for all mountain and back country use. It is quite stiff, even when broken in, and probably shouldn't be used in the park.

The liner is good, and quite comfortable, though the ankles can start to rub weird once the boots are really broken in. The internal ankle strap is a great idea, and I'm surprised more boots don't have it; it holds my ankle down and prevents any lift, even if I run the boots a little loose. They do as good a job of keeping my toes warm as anything so far.

They're good to hike in, and the when on groomers, the have the support to really put power into the board.

My feet are low volume and slightly narrow, with skinny ankles and heels, but these boots fit well. I'd recommend buying your street shoe size in these.

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zoltan korossywrote a review of on January 14, 2010

4 5

This is an excellent boot for all mountain and back country use. It is quite stiff, even when broken in, and probably shouldn't be used in the park.

The bottom line if, for the use this boot is designed for, the one step up Malamute is the better boot and worth the extra money. The Malamute has a better liner, is a little stiffer, doesn't go soft as quick, and has an excellent internal heel strap. They're a great boot, yes, but when if you're already looking to spend this much, spend the little extra on the 'mute.

My feet are low volume and slightly narrow, with skinny ankles and heels, but these boots fit well. I'd recommend buying your street shoe size in these.

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zoltan korossywrote a review of on March 10, 2009

5 5

In answer to LifeLONGBackCountrySkier's review below, what's he's writing as fact is simply wrong. I'd hate to see someone buy a less capable beacon based on patently wrong information.

1. The DSP is fully backwards compatible with all beacons which operate on the standard 457mhz frequency. It will pick up even the oldest analog beacon. In fact, old beacons tend to drift of frequency when cold (Google it), and the DSP is one of the best at finding out of frequency beacons.

2. Andrew is endorsing it with HIS LIFE. Seems pretty solid to me.

3. When worn correctly, with the LCD facing the body, the body of the avalanche beacon shields the switch for anything except a very large magnet. Several beacons use magnet switches since they're durable and completely waterproof, and this is not a new allegation, but it not something which happens in the field when properly used. Beyond that, many beacons have issues with radio, iPods, or cell phones near them (particularly the Ortovox S1) due to how sensitive the receivers on them are, so you should NEVER carry any electronic equipment near your beacon to begin with.

4. This is simply wrong. The DSP has consistently turned in the highest marks in field test both in range and ease of use. In fact, it's speed and ease of use are it's hallmarks. Don't take my word for it though, go to http://beaconreviews.com or http://www.wildsnow.com and educate yourself.

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zoltan korossywrote a review of on January 26, 2009

2 5

Although it claims to be a three antenna digital beacon, it seems Ortovox has stripped the best parts of the technology out. First, it switches to fully digital much too late, when you're already within 15m. It would speed up the search greatly if the directional arrows activated as soon as possible to vector directly to the buried beacon. Second, the third antenna is supposed to allow the beacon to resolve spikes, which can make it appear buried beacon is up to two meters away. However, the Patroller was completely unable to resolve spikes. For the money, I think the proven Tracker DTS is a much better choice.

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zoltan korossywrote a review of on January 26, 2009

5 5

These beacons were really solid starting with the 5.0 firmware update, and between the flagging and scanning functions can handle multiple burials very well. The three antenna design resolves spikes without any issue. It's very simple to use, and I like to think of it as the three antenna version of the tracker for it's simplicity and easy of use. The new carrying pouch it comes with is the most comfortable one I've ever used, but it can be hard to get out until the fabric stretches out a bit from use. The range is exception for a digital beacon, and its handling of worst case orientation of the transmitting beacon is the best out there. Like with any beacon regular practice is a must, but this is the beacon I currently use.

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