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Worth every penny

I had a hard time justifying spending the extra 100 odd $'s on this over an Ortovox or BCA.. but I am glad I did. I have gotten to play with the BCA Tracker and Tracker 2 and much prefer the Mammut Pulse in every way, from size to ease of operation. After doing some quick searches I found that I was (and this is to each their own) more proficient at locating and pinpointing a buried beacon with the Pulse Barryvox over the others. That harness size and how the harness fits you is better with the Barryvox than with both the BCA beacons. The pulse feature and multiple burial capabilities as well as an advanced and novice modes make this the Beacon for me. Either way you go.. get yourself a beacon and know how to use it!

UPDATE: I still LOVE my beacon, but the harness is really pissing me off. It does not stay where you put it. I'll tighten it so it is centered on my torso (in between the hip bel and chest straps of my pack) and while riding the harness loosens up, which isn't good as it should always be tight agains your body. Still a 5 star because this beacon rocks!

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Hi.

I am having a hard time deciding what beacon to buy. I know that the most important thing is to practice and learn how to use the one I buy - but what major advantages does the Barryvox Pulse got, that Tracker 2 doesn't? I have read several places that you in a search sometimes have to stop, in order for the Pulse to lock on to the signal, is this correct?
Please correct me if I am wrong, but are the Tracker 2 a faster and more idiotproof beacon?
And my last question: I know that avalanche beacons uses an international frequency for transmitting signals, is it the same with the signals the Barryvox Pulse sends out for the vital signs? I am living in Norway, and want to be 110% sure that a Barryvox Pulse ordered from the US is compatible in every way at home.
Thank you in advance for your answers. -Reidar

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I believe the beacon will be the same no matter where it is shipped from. The reason for this assumption/conclusion is that in the packaging there is a safety sticker in every language, the user chooses the appropriate sticker and then peals it from the paper and adheres it to the back of their beacon.

Yes the Barryvox transmits at the universal 457 kHz as a transceiver, but the vitals feature is currently only used by the Barryvox beacon so it can only be picked up by another Barryvox beacon The vitals info is sent out via a "W Link", once other brands implement the W Link they too will be able to pick up the vitals readings.

As far as speed, I liked using this one over the Tracker 2. Yes if you are running around like a crazy person during your searches the Barryvox will tell you to hold still for it to calibrate to the signal. This has never been an issue for me when doing mock searches at a beacon park. The Tracker 2 might be a bit faster at processing signals, but the Barryvox has a longer range and multiple burial capabilities. Both are pretty straight forward to use. The Barryvox has 2 modes (basic and advanced) so once you get very familiar with it in basic mode you can change to advanced mode and utilize the rest of the bells and whistles.

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-Reidar
I was just looking through the manual and it states that there are a few countries that do not allow the W Link signal type. I would contact Mammut and get a digital copy of the manual to see for yourself (pg33). The countries that are not W link friendly appear to be: Russia, China, India, Nepal, Japan and Australia.

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Reidar, its easy to "outrun" the signal with most new beacons. I genuinely like this beacons ease of use and ability to do multiple burials, the "pulse" feature works with other modern beacons to tell the search whether to dig you out first or last depending on your vital signs. also I've read there was a recall with the tracker 2's programming, IT HAS BEEN FIXED THOUGH.

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Reidar, its easy to "outrun" the signal with most new beacons. I genuinely like this beacons ease of use and ability to do multiple burials, the "pulse" feature works with other modern beacons to tell the search whether to dig you out first or last depending on your vital signs. also I've read there was a recall with the tracker 2's programming, IT HAS BEEN FIXED THOUGH.