If you carry a piece of wood in your pack as your avalanche safety kit (In a sketchy spot? Just pull it out, give it a quick knock, and enjoy your line!) it's time to get serious; even if you're OK with the risks, your friends sure as hell won't go out with you. To straighten you out, Backcountry Access is offering the three avalanche essentials—the Tracker 2 Beacon, Access B1 Shovel, and Stealth 260 Carbon Probe—in one ready-to-go package, so you can get serious about backcountry safety and keep skiing as long as your knees let you.
The Tracker 2 is a classic, having built its reputation on a super-intuitive search interface and speedy signal recognition. Just pull the mechanical handle at the bottom of the beacon and you're in search mode, ready to make use of the Tracker's 50m range, multiple-burial indicators, and super-clear distance-and-direction indicators. It's also slimmer and lighter than its older brother the DTS, so you won't even notice you're wearing it—read more and see what people have to say about the Tracker 2 over here.
Keeping the Tracker 2 company are the Access B1 Shovel and Stealth 260 Carbon Probe. The B1 is compact and lightweight, with an aluminum blade and T-grip handle. As you can probably tell by the name, the Stealth 260 is all about sneaking up on the mountain before it even knows you're there, with 260cm of carbon-fiber lightness that sports depth markings and an easy-locking assembly so you don't waste time setting up when seconds become precious.
While having a full kit is light-years better than knocking on wood, crossing your fingers, and saying a little prayer, please remember that beacons, shovels, and probes are NOT a guarantee that you will survive an avalanche; get educated, learn how to use your tools, travel with trustworthy partners, and be smart out there.