The Tracker2 offers the industry’s fastest, most precise pinpointing, with triple receive antenna, instantaneous real–time display, and same easy–to–use interface as Tracker DTS. An intuitive mechanical search/transmit switch makes it even easier to use right “out of the box.” Thinner profile and harness than Tracker DTS. Includes Special mode and multiple burial indicator lights.
|Battery life:||minimum 1 hour in search mode after 200 hours in transmit mode (approximately 250 hours in transmit only or 50 hours in search only)|
|Dimensions:||5x3.5x1 inches/13x8.5x2.5 cm|
|Weight:||10.4 ounces/193 grams with harness and batteries 6.4 ounces/181 grams without|
|Backcountry Access Tracker DTS Beacon||$203.96 - $239.95|
The past few weeks I have been getting to know this beacon. I went from the Tracker 1 to this out of familiarity and ease of use. I was super comfortable with the Tracker 1 and figured I would stick to what I know. A couple of things that I love about this beacon is that it is so easy to use. Great to teach people with and really basic and straight forward. A major improvement with this beacon from the Tracker 1 is that when you get within 2 meters the lit up arrows disappear allowing you to only focus on the numbers for your pin point grid search. This is great for beginners as they won't pay attention to the lit up arrows at this point and they will only focus on the numbers. This is also a great cue for them to drop to their knees and start pin pointing.
One thing that I noticed right away was the search to transmit pull tab system. This is my only major gripe so far with this beacon. After you have found your lowest point in your grid search and you stow your beacon to probe/shovel it is incredibly easy to push the search tab back into transmit. Important to note this! Even though I am acutely aware that this is an issue, it happened to me last weak in a singe burial scenario. I quickly noticed and switched it back to search mode, but realized that even though you are aware of this feature, it can still happen very easily! Wouldn't want to throw of an entire search unknowingly going back into transmit.
Have not yet worked in a multiple burial scenario, but excited to do so ASAP!
The Tracker2 is the gold standard for fast and simple effective beacons. The harness fits snug and comfortable--you'll almost forget you're wearing it. My only complaint is you have to be careful about pushing the search tab back in when you are digging. You can put the beacon back in the case, but you cannot fasten the buckle without it pushing the tab back in and going back to Send (which is a good safety feature honestly when you're about to drop in). But, the beacon could fall out of the case, getting in your way, or also bump the tab back in, causing you to have to stop and pull it back out again. More of a minor annoyance than anything, and the beacon will beep at you and let you know you've gone back to transmit mode. Despite this, it's still awesome.
In the ever-evolving world of beacons and avalanche rescue gear, new stuff seems to arrive every year. I still feel most comfortable using the older tracker, but when going out with those a bit less experienced and with less avalanche experience, I always bring the tracker 2. Its simple design, pull tab, and pretty accurate distance indicator make checks, practice and education easy. No fumbling with too many buttons or memorizing too many tricks. Only beef is that the search on/off tab is a bit too easy to push back into transmit mode, making shoving the beacon into the pants or pockets a slightly more time consuming job when switching from search to shovel.
The Tracker 2 is simple, accurate and effective. With 3 receiving antennas it cuts down on lag while searching and the beacon doesn't take nearly as long to think. The multi mode lets you know right away if its picking up more than one signal and pin pointing a second burial is made faster and easier with this mode. I will say it does take some practice to become fast and effective using this mode. But practice is always the most important thing, regardless of what beacon you are using. Great size, lightweight and simple. About all I'm looking for in a beacon. Speed and Accuracy are the most important.
Keep it simple stupid! BCA is great at not complicating their products. I love how you physically pull the tab to switch to search mode. Hope I never need to use it to locate a buried ski partner but if I do, I know the beacon will be up to the task and the simplicity will help keep my head straight during such an event.
I haven't had to REALLY use it. but as far as playing around with it, it seems to find other beacons just find. What I really like is the simplicity: pull the bottom tab out to search, push in to transmit. it is basically impossible to switch out of transmit by accident. it has a good harness too that doesn't feel uncomfortable.
Whatever beacon you use, you must practice, practice, practice. I am coming from an old analog beacon but have used my friend's original Tracker DTS many times. Once the Tracker 2 came out, it was too good to pass up. It is so intuitive to use and I love the simplicity of the design. It is very fast and accurate.
If and when stuff hits the fan you want something that is very simple reliable and easy to use. Since stress will be high and thinking might not be easy. This beacon is super friendly and quick in searches.
In the case of this photo we triggered the avalanche from above and were safe but just imagine.....
Owned this tracker for over 2 seasons now and�i love it simple, easy to use and accurate. What more can you ask for. Recently got my bro to buy this one also. very happy with it also.
This beacon is awesome and met all expectations. Its super easy to use and has large controls that don't require fine motor function, which I think is a major plus. Also its comfy to wear.
So this beacon works, let me start by saying that. It transmits a reliable signal, and its search mode is standard numbers and arrows that lead you to the victim.
here are its flaws. the switch to turn the unit on and off is very hard to turn. it could be fixed with some lube, but as of now, mine is actually painful on the fingers to spin the flat plastic knob. Everyone else I know with the beacon has the same issue. Secondly, the beacon DOES NOT DO MULTIPLE BURIALS. It has a button on the unit that says SP. It seems like the button is intended for multiple burials but it is not. It is for Special function, and it narrows the search signal, I haven't learned how to use it but I have heard it is difficult and not worth learning. I recently took a class and we practiced multiple burials and people with the mammut beacon that can cancel a beacon out once it finds it, had a much easier time than those of us with this beacon. Lastly, the beacon can be easily jarred out of search mode back into transmit mode. this could be good if you got hit by a second avalanche while in search mode looking for someone, but for the most part it seems to be an issue. if your party is looking for a buried person, everyone must be in search mode or off so that the only signal being picked up is that of the buried person. when you keep accidentally jarring your device back into transmit mode it confuses the rescue operations, slows them down, and seconds are precious in such a scenario. my advice, spend more dough and get the mammut, I wish I did.