Ortovox 240 Lite PFA Probe

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Ortovox 240 Lite PFA Probe -
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.

Sleeves:

  • Quick release sleeve

Traction and Grip:

  • Grip sleeve made of EVA foam

Features:

  • Leightweight and durable Dyneema tensioning system
  • Patented PFA fastening system
  • Depth lables
Campsaver.com

The Ortovox 240 Light PFA probe is the ideal compromise between weight and price. If the depth of burial is about 1m on average, the probe 200 has a sufficient length. The different-coloured segments made from aluminium indicate the depth. The "conic" tubes and the practical express screw fastener allow a fast assemblage of the probe. The larger head of the probe drills a bore channel being larger than the diameter of the probe so that the probe can be pulled out easily and doesn't freeze.

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Depth Markings:Yes
Diameter:0.43 in / 1.1 cm
Length:7 ft 11 in / 240 cm
Material:Aluminum
Pull Cord Material:Dyneema
Segment Length:16 in / 40 cm
Upc, Ean, Isbn:4250091763377
Weight:9.5 oz / 270 g

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Ortovox 240 Lite PFA Probe Reviews:

Reviews:

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!

Dave Marcus at Backcountry.com on 12/02/2011

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.

Laurel Nelson at Backcountry.com on 10/19/2013

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. :)

Matthew Simerson at Backcountry.com on 03/12/2010

Great probes but be sure to practice how they work before setting out ~ easy but still takes some figuring out & practice to be quick at it [ you would want to be quick at it if you ever needed to use them !! ]

Janet Kaplar at Backcountry.com on 03/30/2013

I HAVE NOT USED THIS PRODUCT & HOPE I NEVER DO. I CAN TELL YOU THAT IT UNFOLDS & EXTENDS QUICKLY & IS WELL MADE. VERY HAPPY WITH THE QUALITY OF THIS PRODUCT, BACKCOUNTY.COM SHIPS QUICKLY & IS EASY TO DEAL WITH. WOULD RECOMEND BOTH.

John at Backcountry.com on 01/22/2010

Great for its intended use and also great for tent poles. Using it for a Nemo equipment meta 2p. Just for a reference, the poles stood up to about 40 mph winds without a problem. Very impressed! Comes with a nice case as well.

Tshaeffer at Backcountry.com on 04/05/2011

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!

eclp344101 at Backcountry.com on 01/14/2013

Fortunately I haven't had to use it for real, but in the many practice runs i've taken it through it's been reliable.
Super quick and easy to set up, and it's not too heavy for the price range.

Paul Harvey at Backcountry.com on 10/27/2013

I bought this probe to replace a longer one that does not break down as small. It fits in my back much better than my old and is also quick and easy to use.

benp83366 at Backcountry.com on 10/16/2013

Snaps together in a flash. Wide foam handle and pull tab make it easy to grip with both hands. So quick and efficient, I'll never go back to a lesser model.

Brian Murphy at Backcountry.com on 05/28/2009