The first beacon I've owned, and I love it, super simple to use, just so long as you practice with it, and you make sure the people you're with know how to use their equipment and their heads. Never used it outside of practice scenarios, but I have the peace of mind to know I could help someone if the shit hits the fan.
Probably the best boot I've owned. Love the lacing system, it might seem complicated at first but after a few times, I like the system, easy to tighten, easy to loosen, and easy to adjust on the mountain. If you're looking for a smaller footprint boot and have a narrow foot, this might be exactly what you're looking for.