Through years of development and field testing, Backcountry Access has made the Tracker DTS Beacon incredibly intuitive so it's fast and easy to use when you're under the stress of a real search. It's no wonder that the Tracker DTS is one of the most popular beacons in the backcountry. The digital display shows you both the distance and direction to your buried buddy, and in addition to standard single-search mode, the Tracker DTS includes a special mode which will give you the distance and direction to all signals in a narrowed search range. This may be the difference between saving one of your friends or both of them, so practice, practice, practice.
The Easiest just got easier. In 1997, the Tracker DTS revolutionized the transceiver market by introducing digital, dual antenna technology. Since then, it has become the worlds best-selling transceiver. Thats for a simple reason: its the easiest to use. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of BCA, were introducing an even simpler version of the Tracker with a strap thats as easy to use as the beacon itself. And a series of improvements to make it even more bombproof. Backed up with a new 5-year limited warranty from designer Rescue Technology.
Bright, temperature resistant LEDs, visible in adverse light. Shock-mounted circuit board and dual antenna. The industrys fastest digital signal processing. Strengthened, shock-resistant battery compartment. Simplified compression-molded carrying system. Digital distance and direction displays simplify searches for inexperienced beacon users. Worldwide compatibility
In 1997, the Tracker DTS revolutionized the transceiver market by introducing digital, dual antenna technology. Since then, it has become the world's best-selling transceiver. That's for a simple reason; it's the easiest to use. With directional lighting and digital distance readings, the guesswork of finding buried victims is eliminated. It now comes with a 5-year limited warranty.
|Batteries:||three AAA alkaline.|
|Battery Type:||3 AAA included|
|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)|
|Beacon Features:||Auto Revert, Multiple Burial|
|Maximum Range:||40 Meters|
|Number of Antennas:||2|
|Search Strip Width:||40 Meters|
|Size:||5.5in x 3.2in x 1.3in (14cm x 8cm x 3cm)|
|Upc, Ean, Isbn:||894913002004|
|Weight:||approximately 13.6 ounces / 385 grams including strap and batteries; 8.6 ounces / 245 grams without|
|Backcountry Access Tracker DTS||$239.95|
|Backcountry Access Tracker2 Beacon||$268.00 - $335.00|
|Backcountry Access Tracker DTS Avalanche Transceiver||$191.93 - $239.95|
This was my first beacon and I've stuck with it ever since. I feel like I know it well, but it's also so completely simple to use it doesn't take much extra thought and I like to keep things simple when in search mode with a beacon. I've done many many beacon searches and am still equally as fast as the others that I am searching with including multiple burials. Definitely curious to get comfortable with other great beacons, but so far I have been super happy with the BCA tracker. After five years of using this beacon, I have started to see less of a range recently and thus am retiring this beacon and getting another, but I have never had any other issues with this product. I think this is a great beacon for your first beacon and I personally still love this beacon now as an advanced skier/backcountry rider.
I always travel with my own Avy kit, i know how to use it all, and while I personally own this beacon, the friends I have traveled with from Chile to Niseko to the Sierra BC, when they have rented gear, have been handed this beacon. It is very simple to use with the KISS model search mode. I love the on/off on the back of the device and battery life is very good. The price is very reasonable as well. I luckily have never had to use mine, but if you are going to be headed out into Avy country, this is an economical addition to your gear. Get it, practice with it, and be safe.
I moved from the east coast to Utah last winter and bought this beacon because of recommendations from more advanced backcountry skiers. I really couldn't be happier with it! Using it is very straightforward and intuitive. I've also noticed that it has a good battery life and the strap for carrying it is very comfortable.
Now that I'm getting more into backcountry skiing I'd eventually like to get a beacon with 3 antennas for multiple burials, however I'm still very happy with the Tracker DTS beacon and would highly recommend it for anyone who wants to get into backcountry skiing and is on a budget.
This beacon is simple, easy to use (even with gloves on) and easy to read. The harness is comfortable and I love that the on/off switch is on the back of the beacon. Once it's on, it's hard to get off while on the go. This beacon has duel antennas to make the searching quick. Although this works with multiple burials, I personally would want a beacon with 3 antennas for multiple burials, the 3 would be more accurate and better range. This beacon is great for entry level skiiers. PRATICE PRATICE PRATICE
So easy even your gaper bros can use it!
Not saying that practice with any beacon is necessary, but i've used this thing for awhile and it seems to be the most straight forward product on the market. It's easy use, easy to interpret indicators make it primo for any backcountry enthusiast. Unless you are guiding or generally ski in a way where multiple people are buried (even so this beacon has a multi-burial function) you won't need anything fancier than this!
Bought on the recommendation of my avalanche instructor, the late/legendary Roger Payne. It is not the fanciest and doesn't have every bell and whistle but it is still the most popular in the world for a reason - it works and it is easy to use. Good battery life, good range, not too bulky. When testing/practicing, I've never had a misread or failure to identify another device. Wear every time I go off piste.
This beacon is a great purchase for someone just starting to get into the backcountry. It is very easy to use, although you must practice and practice more so that you are ready to go in the event of a slide. The digital read out and arrow provide quick direction to burials. With 2 antennas, it is efficient but for multiple burials, 3 antennas will be more effective.
Can't say much else that the other reviews...this thing is the simplest which is key for if/when things get hairy. Multiple burials of 3+ people though may get a little tough though. Definitely a good first beacon for someone looking to start getting into the backcountry. I wish the harness was a little bit bigger, but all in all I love it.
Love it. I have not had to use it in a real burial. In practice it is reliable and easy. These beacons are used everywhere. The newer-age ones have more features for multiple burial scenarios and provide a more direct path. This works fine for me. Unless you want to spend more money, I wouldn't get anything else.
This is by far the easiest beacon to navigate that I've ever used. It's super straightforward switching from mode to mode, and I like that it has a battery indicator. Also makes it much easier to locate a burial when you need to. An essential piece to any backcountry traveler, new or seasoned. Definitely would recommend!
but mine is off by about 1.5 meters most of the time. If I'm depending on this thing to save my own or another's life, then I want it to be as accurate as possible.