I always travel with my own Avy kit, i know how to use it all, and while I personally own this beacon, the friends I have traveled with from Chile to Niseko to the Sierra BC, when they have rented gear, have been handed this beacon. It is very simple to use with the KISS model search mode. I love the on/off on the back of the device and battery life is very good. The price is very reasonable as well. I luckily have never had to use mine, but if you are going to be headed out into Avy country, this is an economical addition to your gear. Get it, practice with it, and be safe.