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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

Antennas
triple
Digital Range
50m
Functions
Signal Suppression, Big Picture, multiple burial
Battery
3 AAA
Batteries Included
yes
Battery Life
[transmit] 200 hours, [search] 50 hours
Dimensions
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

California Proposition 65

Warning:

Cancer and Reproductive Harm - P65Warnings.ca.gov

What do you think about this product?

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>Rating: 5

Reliable and accurate

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

After doing a lot of research, this was the winner for sure. The most important thing in my opinion, is speed. The Tracker 3 is one of the fastest out there in locating beacons, it's also very easy to use for beginners. Lots of high tech features packed into this gadget, that are often found in more expensive models. I always recommend the Tracker 3 to my crew

>Rating: 5

Reliable

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

I love how user friendly this is. No problems in the backcountry and the locking mechanism is strong, durable and reliable. Snow tests show me this is accurate and what I need.

>Rating: 4

Be aware

I replaced my tracker 2 with the tracker 3 mainly due to the smaller size. One issue to be aware of.....the switch does not require you to push the lock when switching it from search to transmit....the beacon can be accidently switched from search to transmit when stuffing it into a pocket while getting rescue equipment out.....and suddenly you have a stray signal pop up which throws everyone off! Try it...put your beacon in search....and then just turn the lever, it will go back to transmit without touching the lock. Its the only issue I have with the beacon.

>Rating: 5

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.

>Rating: 5

trusted

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.

>Rating: 5

Great Pro Level Beacon

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Amazing pro level beacon. Simplicity when it all goes wrong is of the utmost importance and this beacon delivers.

>Rating: 5

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.

>Rating: 5

Trustworthy

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.

>Rating: 5

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!

>Rating: 5

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!

>Rating: 5

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.

>Rating: 5

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.

>Rating: 5

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

>Rating: 5

same great beacon, smaller size

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

Just as easy to use as the T2 with some cool new functionality and a much smaller size, perfect for pocket carrying.

>Rating: 5

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.

>Rating: 5

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.

>Rating: 5

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.

>Rating: 5

Nice and compact!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

I sold my old Tracker 2 and upgraded to this, and I love it! It is so much smaller and lighter. I never go out in the backcountry without it

>Rating: 5

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).

Super
>Rating: 5

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!

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Is the harness included? If not, how much and do you sell? Thanks.

A harness, lanyard (clips the beacon to the harness when searching) and batteries are included.

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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.

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Anyone compare this with Tracker 1.0 or...

Anyone compare this with Tracker 1.0 or 2.0? Curious to see how this stacks!!

Check out wildsnow.com for a Tracker 3 review. http://www.wildsnow.com/13437/bca-tracker-3-review/

This is great, thanks RH!

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.