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    Best-selling beacon with triple antenna.

    The Backcountry Access Tracker 2 subtracts weight and size, and adds real-time display and a third receiving antenna to the best-selling, dead-simple Tracker DTS. The third digital antenna increases accuracy and provides a strong buried signal in any orientation, while the real-time display eliminates lag time, allowing you to narrow your search zone quickly when seconds count. The Tracker 2's single search / transmit switch makes learning and teaching a snap, and it reduces confusion when you hit adrenaline overdrive.

    • 50m digital range for a broad search field
    • Multiple burial indicator lights included
    • Mechanical search/transmit switch is intuitive
    • Real-time display minimizes lag time
    • Third antenna increases accuracy and signal strengths
    • Avy gear works best when you learn how to use it and practice your skills
    • Item #BCA0081

    Tech Specs

    Digital Range
    50 m
    3 AAA
    Batteries Included
    Battery Life
    [search mode] 50 hours, [transmit mode] 250 hours
    5.2 x 3.2 x 1.1 in
    Claimed Weight
    [with batteries] 9 oz
    Recommended Use
    backcountry touring
    Manufacturer Warranty
    5 years limited

    Tech Specs

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    Reliable and Easy to Use

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

    Stay safe with this great option from BCA! I've only used this for practice thus far, but it's been reliable and simple to understand.

    Easy and reliable

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    From using multiple beacons, this tracker is by far the easiest to use. The design and controls are simple yet efficient. I've been using this beacon to teach and let my friends use in the backcountry and all of them have had no problem being safe with this guy!

    Simple and Reliable

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    I gave this as a gift to my wife who is getting into the backcountry and she's found it very easy to use and to learn. Some beacons are overly complicated and have features which recreational touring partners don't really need. The Tracker 2 is very straightforward, intuitive, and reliable. Battery life is impressive if you can remember to turn it off at the end of the day! Hopefully we never really need to use it for anything but practice.

    Solid beacon

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Luckily, I've never had to use this in a real-life scenario but it's been working great in trainings and daily tours. The battery is incredible and the beacon itself is super durable. You'll always feel safe with the Tracker 2.

    Gets the job done

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have the Tracker 3, while my boyfriend has this. They both are great devices, however, I must say his is a little larger and the harness bugs him a little. As a whole, the size is comparable to most other beacons and the harness gets the job done. Most importantly, this will save your life so it's 100% worth the purchase.

    Works when needed most

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I toured with tracker two for several seasons around the world, it never let me down in training (i've never had to use it is a real rescue/recovery). Simple, easy to use and reliable. Only question is its lever to switch modes - can be easily knocked if care is not taken.


      I bought this beacon over the BCA tracker one beacon. After talking to friends and doing a little research, I decided it would be worth the few extra bucks. Online, I found out that the two big advantages of the tracker 2 are the increased signal strength and the quicker processor. Luckily for me, I’ve never had to use my beacon to be found or to find a buried person, but from what I’ve seen in my own testing is that the increased number reading speed is very nice. Be safe out there, buy a tracker 2.

      Reliable and Easy to Use

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I recently upgraded to this beacon from an older Pieps model because of it's ease of use and from what I have heard it is reliable. The functions are very straight forward and easy to switch quickly into search mode. I also appreciate the bungee that keeps the beacon attached to the carrier strap to avoid dropping it and loosing it in the snow while searching (my previous beacon did not have this feature). This is a great and reliable beacon that I would recommend for anyone looking for an easy to use and reliable beacon.

      Great beacon to get me started

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I am new to the back country and wanted something that would keep me safe but not have to spend a ton. This beacon is perfect! 3 antennae and multiple burials are what i needed and it has both. I would highly recommend this for anyone getting into back country skiing!

      Great Easy to Use Beacon

        I recently upgraded to a Tracker 2 from the regular Tracker as mine was getting old and less reliable. I love how intuitive the tracker is to use. But like any beacon practice makes perfect and it took me a few days of practicing to feel entirely comfortable. I love that pulling it out easily switches it to search mode, and it won't turn off in search mode.

        Buyer's remorse

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        Actually searching with this beacon is just as easy as with the old tracker, and it is durable and rugged to the rigors of backcountry skiing. I never worry about it breaking or anything but I'm not super happy with it.
        I chose this beacon over the Tracker 3. I thought the difference in price between the two was just due to the low profile of the Tracker 3. Therefore, I went ahead and got the Tracker 2. However, upon comparing the two beacons in the field with a friend who had a Tracker 3, I found the range of mine was not as good. I also found in practice that if you are using the beacon, it is very easy to accidentally push the button and return it to transmit mode. This was, thank goodness, during practice and not a real event. When you are just staring at the display, of course, you would notice. However if your beacon is in search mode and you are going for your shovel or something like that it gives you an opportunity to push the button. These are serious drawbacks. I will probably replace the beacon soon. Given that I just spent $300 on it, I am considering keeping it for another year or so. But if I come across a mattress full of money I will probably replace it sooner. I would not purchase this product again and I would not recommend it to a friend.

        Perfect beacon for all scenarios

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        After using the Tracker DTS from BCA for a few seasons, I decided to get a tracker 2 to up my beacon game. The Tracker 2 is easy to use, durable, and extremely dependable. The more you use it, the better it gets-but it is easy to use from the start. I have not had to use it in an actual avy, but I train with it every year to stay practiced and on top of my skills. I loved my DTS, but the Tracker 2 is a great step up from it.

        Rugged, dependable, and simple.

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        The reality of backcountry skiing is your gear gets abused. Throwing packs into back of pick-ups, sitting on gear on windy peaks, heavy sweating on the uphill, and below zero on the down. The Tracker 2 is safety gear you can depend on. Period. Pick it up you'll recognize the ruggedness. And, of course it is super easy to use.

        Straightforward Workhorse

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        The T2 is as user friendly as they come. It doesn't sport all the bells and whistles like some of the other beacons out there on the market, but it works when you need it. Single burial function is very straight forward, while multiple burial feature does take some reps to get comfy with. Practice practice practice!

        A Robust, No Fuss Transceiver!!

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        After happily using my trusty BCA tracker for about 10 years, I decided to cave to peer pressure and try the Barryvox Pulse this season. For me, this was a mistake. I found myself missing two things most: 1. Its signal acquisition speed and accuracy, which for me was superior with BCA, and 2. it's ease of use. Let's face it: even when practicing, an avi search requires focus, confidence and swift decision making. I don't want or need a complex instrument in this setting...I want what I know and can use easily and quickly.

        Indeed, the BCA Tracker is a robust, no-fuss avalanche transceiver and I'll be returning to it for 2017-18.

        Safety is Key

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        This beacon is very user friendly but has enough features to be safe. Running drills with this thing is super easy to find people and the pin point accuracy is literally a life saver. For the extra money its nice to have the triple antenna.

        Unanswered Question

        Does anyone know if the Search/Transmit mode button mchanically locks into either of those modes? When training for avy rescue with friends, one of them has a unit (not BCA brand) who's transmit/receive switch is very easy to trigger back into transmit during a search. It's super frustrating for the group when that happens.

        Does this beacon come with a multiple burial setting? Or is it multiple burial compatible?


        The tracker 2 will automatically detect if there are multiple (2+) burials within range. BCA has a great video and manual that shows exactly how the tracker 2 functions in a multiple burial situation:

        Give me a call if you have any more questions ext 4758!

        Has anyone had any experience regarding the durability of this beacon? Impact with hard objects etc.

        Tracker beacons have proven to be some of the most reliable beacons on the market. However no beacon is really designed to take hard impacts.

        This will hold up well if you take a hard fall. If you were buried and dragged over several rock bands it could be damaged, however almost any beacon on the market could be damaged in a scenario like that. If used for the purpose it is designed for this beacon will hold up to years of use.

        Can be mailed to Hong Kong?

        Can be mailed to Hong Kong?

        Best Answer

        Yes, we can ship this to Hong Kong, although any additional customs, duties, and VAT fees may apply. To figure out the shipping charges, just follow these easy steps: First, add the item or items to your cart. Then proceed to checkout (don?t worry?proceeding to checkout doesn?t make you obligated to purchase anything). Enter your address in the billing and shipping fields. Once you change the country, the page will show you the shipping charges.

        I have the same question as a previous...

        I have the same question as a previous post - is the inventory you are selling post-2011?

        Shipping to Japan, how much is the fee of...

        Shipping to Japan, how much is the fee of all?

        Perhaps an old topic but, can you verify...

        Perhaps an old topic but, can you verify that all of your inventory in stock has been supplied no early than December 2011? Inventory prior to that date will have faulty software that I am not interested in dealing with. BCA says Trackers shipped since December 2011 have the updated 'r04' software. Thanks.

        How long are batteries supposed to last...

        How long are batteries supposed to last in the Tracker 2? I put in fresh alkaline batteries and they BARELY last a day. Seems like it should be longer?

        Best Answer

        They're supposed to last for about 250 hours on transmit and 50 hours on search or for a 1 hour search after 200 hours on transmit.

        I suggest either exchanging it or calling BCA for replacement.

        Is it possible to search multiple avalanche...

        Is it possible to search multiple avalanche victime with tracker 2 ?

        All beacons are capable of searching for multiple victims. Multiple antennae beacons make the complexity of this scenario much easier. This beacon will tell you if it detects more than one beacon. It does not, however, have the capability to mask a beacon once found. Instead, there is a 'special mode' that narrows the search angle, aiding in multiple burial scenarios.

        Which one is better this one or the original...

        Which one is better this one or the original original tracker?

        Hi guys, Please forgive me if I've missed...

        Hi guys,

        Please forgive me if I've missed the answer, but:
        1) How to determine if device has already updated (fixed) firmware?
        2) What kind of device I'll get if I order it since now?

        Thank you for answers in advance!

        Best Answer

        To determine if you already have version 4 software, disconnect and reconnect one battery while the unit is off. After displaying “t2,” the unit will then display the software version. If the display reads “r04,” then you have the most recent software. This software has been included in all Tracker2 units shipped since late December.

        In the manual, BCA states (several times)...

        In the manual, BCA states (several times) to only use ALKALINE batteries in your beacon, and to take them out in between use. Do any of you know why?

        My ski buddy has been using lithiums in his (Tracker DTS, not the 2) and the battery contacts became corroded- is this from using lithiums?

        There is a voltage vs time curve for all types of batteries. This is how they can tell you what percentage your batter is at. Like stated above, some batteries have very steep drop offs near the end. This could lead to you seeing 40/50% battery when really you only have 10% left leaving you in a potentially dangerous situation.

        The corrosion is probably from a bad batch of batteries or the fact that you got moisture inside the device. Any type of battery that supplies the proper amount of voltage/current will work. Meaning any AA batter will not change or affect the functionality of the device.

        Hello DogFunk. What version of software...

        Hello DogFunk.
        What version of software uses in your BCA Trackers.
        Due to this article (
        i doubt about buying this item.

        Tracker2 is not a bad transceiver, but I would strongly consider the Arva Evo 3+ as it has been around longer as a 3-Antenna fully digital and is $50 less.

        Is the Tracker II that you have in stock...

        Is the Tracker II that you have in stock the updated one with the new software that doe snot freeze? As you know, the Jackson Hole Ski Patrol had problems with the units freezing up, and returned them all. The company says that there is a software fix, and that they have been shipping newer versions recently (post January). Are the ones has in stock now the updated version?

        If you buy it and get it and it is not (which I don;t think would be the case) you can always send it back, call up and i'm sure they will get you set up on free return shipping if it's not the newest software update! to check for your self when you get the beacon:

        disconnect and reconnect one battery while the unit is off. After displaying “t2,” the unit will then display the software version. If the display reads “r04,” then you have the most recent software. This software has been included in all Tracker2 units shipped since late December.

        Has any body had a problem with this beacon...

        Has any body had a problem with this beacon freezing? I recently found the decimal point lighting up when the unit was both turned on and when switched off. There was also no response when it was toggled to and from search/transmit. No sounds, no lights. It wouldn't work until I removed the batteries (which were newish - 84% and three previous days). After that it went through all tests normally - still, a bit concerning. And yes, I've already contacted BCA - I'll post here what their response is.

        After a couple emails to backcountry with no response, I called. I was basically told I wasn't the only one with a problem - a couple others had reported it as well. I was given the option to keep the beacon, wait and see if it happens again or to just send it in for them to look at and replace. Based on what TFK and Phil Santala have posted above, it looks like BCA has identified a problem and are working on rectifying it. After reading through the recall, it seems mine went into the programming mode, but never came out of it. All in all, still a little concerning, but happy to hear that BCA is actively working on it!

        I am debating between getting this and the...

        I am debating between getting this and the Ortovox 3+. I have only ever used a BCA Tracker and really liked that interface. I don't have any experience with ortovox, but like the multi-burial capability of the 3+. If my memory serves me right it seems that the Tracker 2 has a longer range, not sure by how much though. Looking for advice on which I should go with. Thanks.

        The Tracker 2 does have multiple burial capability. In standard search mode it will display if there are multiple victims. You then enter Special Mode (SP) to have the beacon show you both signals. See the Owners Manual for further info. I still prefer my Mammut Barryvox 3000 (2 antenna) which has better range than all the newer designs: the Tracker 2, Ortovox 3+ and the Barryvox Pulse. Just spend some time with all three of them to see which interface you prefer. Range is very similar with all 3 of the newer 3 antenna designs...the key is your ability to effectively use the one you choose. If range was all that mattered we'd all be using the single antenna audio only beacons of old. I did get my wife the Barryvox Pulse, which is an awesome unit...before the other two had come out.