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    Tracker3 Avalanche Beacon

    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.

    • 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 the 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
    4.6 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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    Be safe out there

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

    I decided to up the ante and go for this pro level beacon instead of shorting myself by buying a lesser/older model....couldn't be more stoked. More features than I probably need but this is the 'new norm'. Be responsible, train up, get the best stuff when life/limb may depend on it.


    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Updated my beacon this year from Tracker 2 to the 3. I hope to never have to use it, but it is the one I trust to have on me in worst case scenario. Super easy to use and reliable in the on-snow tests.

    Solid, Simple, Reliable

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

    Upgraded from a Tracker DTS. Still very simple and easy to use. The search mode is similar, but seems slightly smoother and more consistent. Better at multiple burials as well. Nice and slim, so it fits well in a pants pocket.


    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This thing is great. Simple, and user friendly. Durable, and reliable. All great words, to describe something that is intended to save your life.

    super awesome beacon

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

    This beacon is very thin, light and simple to use. It comes with a pretty comfortable harness, too. Definitely recommended when looking to upgrade your beacon or get your very first beacon!

    Fantastic Avalanche Beacon

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

    The BCA Tracker 3 is great - relatively easy to use and quite intuitive after some (very important) practice. Use this as much as you can practicing before you head out into the Backcountry - your piece of mind will lighten your load on the skin track!

    The Best

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

    The 50+ other reviews say it all - this is perhaps the best beacon out there for the price point. Signal suppression and triple antennae will keep you and your partners safe in the backcountry, whether you're buried or multiple members of your party are. It's grim to think about, but the raw truth is that avalanche terrain is dangerous, and you want technology that you can trust with your life.

    Simple and Perfect

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I have only been backcountry skiing for two years and am by no means an expert. This is why this beacon is the best! This beacon is simple and not annoying.
    The multiple burial feature on this beacon works absolutely perfect in the three times I have practiced with 3+ beacons and does so quicker than any of my friends beacons. The switch on the top to turn it on or switch it to search mode has a quality lock on it and can't be turned off accidentally and can be easily switched to search mode with gloves. The only button on the front is easy to push to switch from the first and closest signal to the second or third closest signal very easily and does so fast.

    As compared to the ARVA beacon that is the most annoying beeping thing on the planet. Or the Mammut or Ortovox beacons that are very complex and really only useful if you are a guide as well they feel more breakable and more expensive. The peips beacons are good in the speedy acquisition of a signal but lack the simplicity in the multiple burial department and can leave you wishing you had a few more features. The tracker 3 is just simple, fast, robust, and the perfect balance of the features you want and need. I love it and wouldn't recommend any other beacon over it.

    Tracker 3

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I am a certified AMGA splitboard guide and avalanche educator. Full disclosure I am also a BCA ambassador. With any new beacon I like to give it a full season trial period before I commit to my every day beacon. I did this with the Tracker 3 and I now call the T3 my everyday beacon. I worked as an instructor for a large multi agency training session. This was taught by and sponsored by a competing beacon manufacturer. I went through a 3 day pre training and then taught this 2 day course using the other brands beacon. The focus of this training was multi burials. I ran each drill with the "other" beacon and then with my T3. My times were significantly better with the T3 every time. Fact

    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.

    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.