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Backcountry Access Tracker3 Avalanche Beacon

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    Quick and efficient.

    BCA's Tracker series has been a favorite of backcountry travelers for years due to the simple and easy-to-use interface of the Tracker DTS and Tracker2. Building off the success of these beacons, the Tracker3 maintains an intuitive interface for ease of use in stressful rescue scenarios while implementing a third antenna and increased range to pick up beacon signals quicker. The digital display still gives a directional arrow once a signal is received and distance readout (displayed in meters) so you can quickly find the lowest reading before starting a pin-point search with your probe. If multiple victims are buried, the Tracker3's Signal Suppression and Big Picture modes allow you to gather a quick sense of how many transmitters are in the area and suppress the closest signal once it has been located, allowing you to move on to the next victim while your partners begin probing and digging. Apart from boasting a 50-meter range the triple-antenna design, the Tracker3 is also 20% lighter and thinner than the Tracker2 for a more comfortable feel when traveling in avalanche terrain.

    • Triple-antenna beacon for backcountry skiing and snowboarding
    • 50-meter range allows larger areas to be efficiently searched
    • Full digital display with directional arrows and distance readout
    • Multiple burial indicator with Big Picture mode
    • Signal Suppression mode ignores closest signal after located
    • 20% lighter and thinner than the Tracker2
    • Item #BCA2934

    Tech Specs

    Digital Range
    Signal Suppression, Big Picture, multiple burial
    3 AAA
    Batteries Included
    Battery Life
    [transmit] 200 hours, [search] 50 hours
    4.5 x 2.8 x 0.9in
    Claimed Weight
    [with batteries] 7.6oz
    Recommended Use
    backcountry touring
    Manufacturer Warranty
    5 years limited

    Tech Specs

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    Small and works great

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

    This is one of the smallest beacons out there and easily fits in a bib chest pocket. Must have for anybody getting into or looking to upgrade their touring gear.

    BCA Does It Again!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    BCA has been making some of the most user-friendly, functional, and reliable beacons on the market for quite some time. The Tracker 3 is no exception and is their latest and greatest beacon. The first thing I noticed when opening the box is the sleek, sexy design. It is slim and weighs less than half a pound with batteries! You won't even notice it in your pocket or in the harness - and the harness is much more comfortable than others I've worn. The rubberized sides make it easy to grab with gloves on and the dial is large enough to be used effectively. The Tracker 3 utilizes three antennae to improve the efficiency and signal strength while in search mode. A basic dial switches from transmit to search, and it features a little lock to prevent you from accidentally switching modes. It is extremely accurate when performing a tight search and will easily pinpoint your target. My old beacon would have fluctuating numbers during search, but the Tracker 3 stays solid.
    This beacon is simple and intuitive but also very advanced. The multiple burial search function can be a little confusing, and I recommend getting some practice with it before going out in the field - as with any beacon. You can mark victims with the button on the front and move on to search for another beacon, and all options in that scenario are controlled by the one button. It would be a good idea to get familiar before you are in a rescue scenario and need to work fast without panicking.
    You can't beat the quality of this beacon at this price point! If venturing out into the backcountry you absolutely must have a beacon, and the Tracker 3 is a great choice whether you are a seasoned vet or a newbie.

    Don't leave home without it

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    The BCA Tracker 3 is only the second beacon I've used, the first being an older and much earlier generation Pieps model. Comparing the two, I pretty much like every feature better on the Tracker 3. It has a sleek design with a rubberized back that is easy to grip with gloves or mitts, it's lighter than most beacons (ounces equal pounds and pounds slow you downs!), and I find the interface simple to use in practice.

    The processor in this beacon is quite fast, which is an important quality in my eyes when picking something that needs to be fast and simple to use when seconds matter. While the stated range from BCA isn't as high as some top of the line models by other manufacturers, this beacon absolutely excels at fine search. Since fine search is the most critical action in discovering a buried partner, this is exactly what I was looking for in a beacon, and I find myself able to locate a buried tester on a board within a probe strike or two every time. That sort of precision is huge to me, should I ever have to use this beacon in an actual avalanche with a buried partner.

    In multiple burial scenarios, the Tracker 3 will allow you to suppress a signal (marked burial) so a partner can begin to dig while you continue your search for other victims. This suppression only lasts one minute, before it reverts to the closest signal. In practice scenarios, this can be frustrating, but it would be best to avoid a real life situation where you're out with a big enough group that you not only have multiple burials, but enough folks to dig out marked burials while you continue searching. Let's be real, that's an absolute disaster of a scene, with so many external forces in play I just don't see that 60 second limitation as something necessary in a beacon.

    The shoulder harness it comes with is comfy, I've used it a handful of times. And the attached clip works great with dedicated beacon pockets in touring pants, clipping into any loop.

    The BCA Tracker 3 is a great beacon, in a world of solid beacons. The moral here is don't go out without a beacon, and if you're looking to upgrade from an older model, or get into the beacon game for the first time, you could definitely do worse than this one, while doing better will likely cost another Franklin (or two), and may not even provide more functional utility. Unless you're an avalanche professional, and constantly drilling in multiple burial scenarios, then I would consider spending the extra money on the Barryvox or the DSP.

    Game Changer!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Super hyped on my Tracker 3! After upgrading to this from an old simple beacon that only did single body detection I was slightly lost at first. However, after a little time doing beacon practice and reading the manual I couldn't believe what I'd been missing. The multiple burial detection is simple and makes searching easier especially with the close proximity feature and big picture mode. These features definitely made me feel like I had a better understanding of the situation during beacon practices over my previous beacon.

    Beyond just the beacon, the removable attachment clip is perfect for clipping into the beacon pocket of my pants and the beacon is small and light so it doesn't weight my pants down. Although, I've started using the shoulder harness that comes with it more often because it's super comfy and I don't even notice it's on when I'm out in the backcountry (shoutout to that shoulder pad).

    Game Changer!

    Simple and Sleek

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The first time I used the T3 I was impressed with how easy it is to use. I like the simple design and bright red screen. As an avalanche educator and backcountry skiing enthusiast I love beacons that are sleek and also easy to use. When I am teaching I try to bring out the T3 so that folks can see the numbers easily and be able to practice with the multiple burial setting. Another aspect of this beacon I love is the "big picture" option which allows you to scan the avalanche path and see all of the beacons sending a signal. If you are a backcountry enthusiast and want a new three antenna beacon I wouldn't look past the T3, it's excellent!

    Great to have, never to use

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    My beacon is probably one of my most prized possessions that I never want to have to use for real. All the same, the T3 is easy to use and reliable which gives me the assurance I can get the job done if need be. The large screen and mechanics of it make it very user friendly for even beginners just stepping into the backcountry, while it has special features like multiple burial flagging and "big picture" mode that are important for professionals alike. Plus the size and weight can't be beat. Love this beacon.

    Perfect Upgrade

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

    I needed an upgrade for my trusty Tracker 2, and the Tracker 3 was the obvious choice. I haven't put it to the test in the field, but I'm impressed with the intuitive buttons and programming. It's much smaller and more comfortable to wear.

    Safety First

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This beacon killed it during my avalanche training course. During each practice companion rescue, beacon drill and beacon test we did as a group the Tracker 3 killed it for me.

    Beacon has a very convenient size that can be worn in the included strap and case. Has been a comfortable fit during long days in the backcountry.

    Last but not least, makes awesome noises when you turn it on and off.

    I trust it!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This beacon has been awesome. Big upgrade from the original tracker I had before. I've put it through quite a few practices as well as testing distances while in the trailhead parking lot. Another plus is its size. You don't even know you have it on. Very thin and light weight. I've forgotten I've had it on a couple of times heading into the office after a dawn patrol. In short, I trust BCA and the tracker 3.

    Intuitive To Use

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

    This is my first beacon, picked it up in a package with the Tracker 3 package with probe and shovel. I have yet to get it out in the backcountry as I'm still putting together my split-board set-up but I have done beacon practice with it. After comparing it with some of my friends beacons I really like the intuitive function and very clear indicators. The construction also seems very durable.

    Intuitive To Use

    Great Beacon

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I owned the original Tracker and just recently replaced it with this one. Super simple and easy to use while also being rather small and light. The display screen is also really easy to see. This is an excellent option if you are looking for a beacon.

    A Must Have

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The Tracker 3 builds off the proven performance of the Tracker series which has been an industry leader in beacon technology for many years. Lighter, smarter, and easier to use summaries the benefits of the Tracker 3.

    Great Beacon, Easy to Use

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I got this beacon after using the tracker 2 for a long time and have loved it. Really easy to use, hassle free switching in and out of modes and don't worry about it doing its job

    Top of the line Avi Beacon

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Small, easy to use, efficient and makes awesome noises! I love my new Tracker 3. BCA really stepped it up with this newest model. Even easier to use and works great. You can barely feel it while skiing and hiking!

    Top of the line but not hard to use

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    If you are looking for an easy to use but top of the line beacon the tracker 3 is for you. keep your self and your loved ones feeling secure with this beacon. I upgraded to this from the tracker 2 and I love it.

    Signal Suppression Failure

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I have tested two of these, and both of them glitch when using the signal suppression in multiple burial mode. It will either A: switch back and forth between the suppressed signal and the second signal or B: show a third burial (when there are only two beacons transmitting). So, just be sure to check your gear before it bites you (or your partners) in the @$$. I'll update when I hear back from BCAs warranty center.

    Seems nice

      I haven't gotten to use this yet but I can comment on the very nice design of it. It is very sleek and compact which is nice. I never enjoyed having a beefy beacon dangling off my front end. The switch is definitely not going to turn off unexpectedly on you during a tour, or fall. I have also heard many really good things about how simple and effective it is to use

      Easy to use

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I love my Tracker 3. It is the easiest and most straight forward beacon I have used. It is simple and quick. It doesn't ask me to 'stand still' if I am moving too fast during a search, a feature that I highly value. It's sleek shape fits well under my jacket and doesn't bulk up.

      Simplicity is key to success

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      As an avalanche educator and guide I have had the opportunity to play with most of the beacons on the market and I choose to rock the Tracker 3 every day.

      While BCA slimmed down it's look it beefed up its capabilities. From having a quick and easy to read real time display to multiple burial indicators and a special function that allows the rescuer to see the Big Picture or focus in on a single signal in a multiple burial situation this beacon has a lot of bells without gumming up the works with all the whistles.

      By keeping the main screen simple and to the point, you are less likely to get confused in a burial situation.

      There are more advanced options behind the home screen that make it great for use in a professional environment.

      The simplicity also, like many bellow have expressed, allow for the battery life to last much longer than many other beacons on the market.

      The ability to upgrade/ run diagnostics on the beacon from your computer is also a sweet little extra.

      All and all this beacon takes the best of the Tracker predecessors and brings it's processing and design into the tech age, leaving many of the other manufacturers behind.

      Can anybody offer a direct comparison between the Tracker 3 and the Pieps DSP Pro? I'm debating between the two as an upgrade from the original Tracker DTS. I'm especially interested in range and processor speed.

      If you're used to the tracker systems staying with the same brand will be more intuitive when it comes to working with your beacon. Both beacons are great, but if you are familiar with one brand switching to a newer model will be easier than switching brands.

      Anyone compare this with Tracker 1.0 or...

      Anyone compare this with Tracker 1.0 or 2.0?

      Curious to see how this stacks!!

      Was just out in the yard playing with the T3. Stoked. And it's snowing here in Vail right now. Much faster than the DTS. T3 has a similar, if not faster processing speed than the Tracker 2 in smaller package with a couple of new tools for solving complex multiple burials, called signal suppression and big picture mode. But I'm really excited about the size and weight of it. Super light, and not much bigger than my iphone 5. Always happy to support Colorado grown companies like BCA.

      Was just out in the yard playing with the T3. Stoked. And it's snowing here in Vail right now. Much faster than the DTS. T3 has a similar, if not faster processing speed than the Tracker 2 in smaller package with a couple of new tools for solving complex multiple burials, called signal suppression and big picture mode. But I'm really excited about the size and weight of it. Super light, and not much bigger than my iphone 5.  Always happy to support Colorado grown companies like BCA.