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Good simple probe
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Overall this is a great simple probe, but I feel like it is worth the additional $12 to step it up to the Ortovox 240cm Lite PFA Probe. The deployment mechanism and the method of breaking down the Lite PFA Probe are a significant improvement over the Economic Probe. If you spend a decent amount of time in the backcountry or are going to be using the probe regularly I definitely recommend spending a little bit more and stepping it up to a more user friendly product.
Does mini-bag included in the kit?
Does mini-bag included in the kit?
The storage sack that fits the probe is included in the package.
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.
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.
Lightweight addition to the pack
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.
Perfect for the Recreationist
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!
Not perfect but adequate
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.
What length probe do I want? Kind of new...
What length probe do I want? Kind of new to this.
If you ski in an area with a snowpack deeper than 240cm on a regular basis I recommend getting a longer length probe....
The average depth of a body under the snow pack in an avalanche is 3 to 3.5 feet or approximately 100 centimeters meters. The Ortovox 240cm should function just fine. The real usefulness of a probe will be dependent on whether the person buried under the snow has a beacon, and that you have a beacon in search mode--nearly any probe over 200cm works when everyone in the party has a beacon.
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!