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Pieps Micro BT

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    Small size, big features.

    The Micro Beacon is Pieps' smallest, lightest, and most intuitive triple antenna beacon for backcountry touring. Just because it's the smallest doesn't mean it's the least safe; in fact, the Micro Beacon boasts a three-antenna design with a moderate range of 40 meters.

    Despite a small size, the Micro's display is as big as Pieps' other beacons for easy reading. Its extensive self-check feature includes an auto-antenna switch that will automatically switch to another antenna if the transmitting antenna experiences a fault after group checks. The Micro Beacon also switches from search to send automatically if the beacon stops moving for a certain amount of time, in the event you get buried while searching for victims.

    Unique to the Micro Beacon are the vibration and Bluetooth compatibility features. Bluetooth compatibility allows you to update, register, and check the beacon through various settings. The Micro Beacon vibrates in search mode at the initial detection so you can focus on the terrain instead of the display. Of course, all of these features are pretty useless without training, so take the essential courses before hitting the backcountry with this beacon.

    • Pieps' smallest, lightest beacon for backcountry skiing
    • Three-antenna design with 40-meter digital range
    • Big display with auto switches and search-to-send modes
    • Compact hard case reliably covers sensor
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    Tech Specs

    Antennas
    triple
    Digital Range
    40m
    Batteries Included
    1 AA
    Battery Life
    400min
    Harness Included
    yes
    Dimensions
    4.2 x 2.9 x 0.79in
    Claimed Weight
    5.3oz
    Recommended Use
    backcountry touring
    Manufacturer Warranty
    2 years

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    Light, efficient, and effective

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    As I started to attempt more far off ski mountaineering objectives, I decided to upgrade from my old 2 antennae, heavy, outdated beacon, for the Pieps Micro - and my impressions are only positive.

    My first decision was first on weight - which shouldn't have been but knowing that the guts of the micro are on par with the guts of Pieps DSP I went with the Micro for the weight. And this thing is light, small, and compact. I have been rocking my beacon in a "pieps" pocket for awhile and this thing feels like there is nothing there. A 25% reduction in weight from the DSP Pro - but it MUCH smaller in volume, about half as big, roughly the size of the iPhone 5.

    I really like the automatic search function. At first it seems a bit odd for the beacon to automatically flip into search, but it reverts back to transmit when its motionless for a set number of seconds (which can be adjusted using the app). The beacon automatically throws into search using a proximity sensor on the front of the beacon. All you have to do is remove it from your pocket or its harness and you are searching. Throw it back into the harness/pocket, and you're back to transmitting. It indicates these changes through both a tonal and vibration signal - 3 beeps and vibration and your back to transmit --- this function, at first, seems complicated or odd, but after practicing for a few minutes and doing some beacon drills i've become accustomed to it and actually now believe it's a more efficient way to utilize the beacon.

    This beacon also uses only 1 AA battery instead of most other beacons which use 3 AAA batteries. it has about 200 hours of life, compared to 400 hours. but i usually switch my batteries out every 2 months during the season and having to only dump a single AA is actually quite nice.

    I've been super happy with this beacon and the weight and size savings is a big plus.



    Small, speedy, efficient

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Review after two seasons of use: It took me a while to come around to the full functionality of the proximity sensor but now I love it. I've taken an AST2 course recently and in all of our scenarios I was totally impressed with the range, speed, marking and functionality of the interface. Now that I skip the switch to send step i'm faster and more capable in my searches.

    The size is truly remarkable. Same functionality as DPS Sport in a micro size. Kudos to the Austrian engineers behind this one.

    The Bluetooth app is intuitive and easy to setup although I only made a few changes in the functionality.

    Beacons owned and tested: DTS, T2, T3, Ortovox 3+, Mammut Pulse, DPS Pro, DPS Sport.