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Ortovox 240cm Lite PFA Probe

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    The Ortovox 240cm Lite PFA is a fast probe for a duty where every second counts.

    One pull and the Ortovox 240cm Lite PFA Probe is ready to help you pinpoint a victim in the last stage of an avalanche search. Its Patented Flash Assembly (PFA) system allows the 240cm Lite Probe to be extended with a quick tug on the T-grip. No fumbling with tiny buttons or screw-on attachments.
    • Item #ORT0029

    Tech Specs

    7 ft 10.5 in
    Packable Length
    1 ft 4 in
    Storage Sack
    Claimed Weight
    9.5 oz
    Recommended Use
    avalanche search and rescue
    Manufacturer Warranty
    5 years

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    One time use

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

    I bought this probe this year and had not used it besides practice set ups. I signed up for an Avy 1 course and in it we did a simulated buried victims search with avalanche debris. The probe deployed fast as advertised but when put to the test on the probe line it did not hold up. I had to brace it the first few probes and by the end of the day it was bent up pretty bad

    Haven't used the sucker yet-

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

    Haven't had to actually find a buried person with this yet, but it opens and engages quickly. Length is nice, as a recent burial in my area indicated someone was close to 2 meters down.

    Great affordable probe

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This is definitely a huge step up from the Economic probe from Ortovox. The mechanism for breaking down the probe is super simple and I haven't had any issues with deployment. The 240 cm length is great for occasional use in the backcountry or frequent use in the sidecountry, but if you are going to be using the probe on a day to day basis I would suggest stepping it up to a 300 cm length.

    Snaps together in a flash..

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

    Snaps together very easily and quickly, great compact probe. The only negative is the lack of measurement marks on the pole--the cm are only marked at the very top and bottom. But overall, great probe for a great price!

    Couch Review

      Let's get the cliche "hope I never have to use it!" out of the way.

      I grabbed this for $22 on sale on Backcountry. Value - Ridiculous!

      It weighs in at 291g (10.25oz) with the bag, 262g (9.125 oz) without, so the claimed weight is a bit light if you plan on carrying it in the included sack. I have a pocket in my pack, so the sack will stay home. That may be completely irrelevant for most of you.

      The PFA system is intuitive and works well - pull it out, throw it out, yank and you're done. The T-grip is sized adequately for glove use without getting in the way. Although it's not easy to get the grip to clip onto the probe shaft, it's also not that important. The first time I used the release, it was sticky. It has since loosened up and works perfectly now.

      When fully assembled, there's a tiny bit of play between the shaft segments. It's enough to feel, but I don't think it will result in much deflection during probing.

      My only suggestion for improvement: Print the length markers all the way around the shaft. Presently, they cover maybe 1/8 of the circumference and never line up when the probe is pulled together, resulting in the need to twist and search for a measurement. Annoying in snow study, time consuming during a search!

      Does the job w/o extra weight

        I used this all weekend at an avalance rescue training course and it did the job perfectly. It is on the short side but if a victim is buried deeper in Cascade Cement than this probe will reach, they are statistically dead before I could get to them.

        It's also long enough to probe for a 3-man snow cave. Alas, it missed the pine tree that odorized my last cave, but that wasn't the probes fault. :)

        good buy

          Got this probe as part of a set last winter. Thankfully I have yet to use it in an actual burial, however in the nurmerous practice sessions I have done it has functioned flawlessly. I'm a big fan of the PFA assembly - all you gotta do is give a yank on the T-bar and the sections pop into place. I would give it 5 stars, but I'll wait till i have to use it when it counts for a rating like that.

          Rookie question here as I'm just getting...

          Rookie question here as I'm just getting into backcountry travel and will be taking an avy class later this winter.

          I've seen comments on the lack of markings on this probe and I wonder how much that matters. Seems that if I'm probing and find my target that knowing if the person is 120 down or 160 down is of small consequence as I'm going to dig like crazy until the target is found.

          Please enlighten me!

          What is the size of this probe when it's...

          What is the size of this probe when it's collapsed, in the bag and everything? Thanks!

          Best Answer

          The longest section is the tip w/point and it's 17.5". The ripstop bag is 19". This probe is quick to set up, and light to run with. ~10 oz. I bent section2 on a rock but I was jammin it, and was able to straighten it back out over my knee instantly. Good probe.

          How long is this probe when its folded up?...

          How long is this probe when its folded up? Just want to make sure it fits nicely into my pack.