Ortovox 240 Economic Probe

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FEATURES of the Ortovox 240 Economic Probe.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Ortovox 240 Economic Probe.

Lining and Layers:

  • Kevlar draw line

Traction and Grip:

  • Grip sleeve made of EVA-foam


  • Depth markers
  • PFA-Assembly system
  • Quick-Release cover
The Ortovox 240cm Economic Probe offers full functionality at an affordable price. The aluminum probe segments indicate depth, while the conic tubes and express screw fastener allow for quick assembly when time is of the essence. The oversized head bores a hole wider than the main probe body, preventing it from freezing in place and getting stuck, and he durable KEVLAR® cord won’t break under stress.

The Ortovox 240 Economic Avalanche Probe is a light weight, aluminum probe that's great for beginner backcountry enthusiasts or as a fast and light option in spring or thin snowpacks..
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Diameter:11 mm
Length:240 x 40 cm
Weight:230 g

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Ortovox 240 Economic Probe Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

If your plan is to purchase a probe, put it in your Osprey winter pack, and then forget about it (except for the occasional assembly for practice), then the Ortovox 240cm probe is perfect. Since the average burial in an avalanche is about 100cm, this probe will work well in nearly every avi situation. Make sure you also purchase a beacon and shovel...and if you like cutting fresh lines in deep backcountry powder, then you and your ski buddies should take an AIARE certified avi level 1 course--it'll make you never want to venture into the backcountry or totally psyched to do it!

James Bristol at Backcountry.com on 02/02/2010

This is a light weight sturdy probe. I have not had to use it in a real situation. Just for some practice. I don't even know its in my pack and I ski with it every day out, whether in the east or not. It straightens out very easily and quickly. Honestly I hope I never have to use it but its always there, just in case.

NmbrdDays at Backcountry.com on 01/15/2011

The best piece of gear I hope to never have to use - it goes in my pack and I forget about it. ...Unless the unthinkable happens, and then I prefer to be prepared. This light-weight and strong piece of equipment is what I want with me to locate a warm body in case of avalanche!

G2529620 at Backcountry.com on 08/11/2009

Lightweight. Stripped down, no bulky handles or added mass to slow you down. Hopefully I will never have to use it. If I do, I'm not worried about my comfort.

Matt Nipper at Backcountry.com on 12/02/2010

Negative Reviews:

Besides not feeling like a bomb proof product, my main complain would be that it is not lightning fast in assembly - the way ALL probes should be. It works fine, but it gets stuck sometimes.
When adrenaline is pumping and you are freaking out, the last thing you want is to have is any kind of kinks to deal with. You want to yank that line and have your probe ready to go.
Come on Orthovox.. step it up.

punkoff691096665 at Backcountry.com on 07/19/2011

Neutral Reviews:

If your looking for the lighter weight BC kit this probe will help... Not a lot but a little... Probe snaps right together with a pull of the cord... Advantages slightly smaller and lighter than other probes. Disadvantages kinda of on the short side... Should be adequate for intermountain and continental snow packs, maybe want to consider a longer probe if you tour in costal snowpacks.

Tyler Brawley at Backcountry.com on 01/27/2010