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The Voile Tourlight 260 probe is a probe that everybody from beginner to seasoned veteran will appreciate.

From one of the most trusted names in backcountry travel comes a lightweight, easy to use avalanche probe—the Voile Tourlight Probe 260. The Voile Tourlight 260 probe assembles in seconds by pulling the lead inner tube attached to a coated stainless steel cable. It locks into place with a simple, strong pop up button. Interior probe cables tend to stretch over time, so Voile has addressed this issue with a brass knob that is attached to the cable allowing you to tighten or loosen the tension. There are markings on the probe every 5 cm to determine snow depth and aid in snow study.

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5 5

Probe-tastic

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This was the first probe i ever ordered and used, and now i cannot stop probing everyting!!!! I see a hole, and i probe it! if it looks probe-able, it goes in there so i can see how deep it is. I probe this thing that thing the next thing, there isn't enough things on this earth for me to probe!!!!!!!!!!!!! Get this probe!

4 5

Packs nicely

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I bought this pack cause my old probe was 196cm and I found out that was shorter than they recommend for the backcountry. My buddy had a couple probes he let me try out, a 230 cm one and this 260cm one. I found out the 230cm actually folded down longer because it had fewer segments, and it didn't fit in my BCA float 22 pack (at least not in the probe pocket). This one was negligibly heavier and fit great. Only taken it out touring a few times this year and never used it (knock on wood). Good value for a probe that looks like it will work.

4 5

Dependable.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used this probe for so long that I don't remember how many years. More than four years at least and found it to be a great and easy to use probe. Quick to put together, light, and has a simple locking system. After many years of use, the cable now has some wear and tear to it for sure. It can still perform and function, but I personally want all of my life saving tools to be in perfect condition so it's time to get a new one.

4 5

For probing the snow

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This is a great lightweight and easy to use probe. The varied segment color is a nice feature and it sets up fast.

5 5

Fast and Easy

I have used this Probe all last winter and it is great. Very fast and user friendly. I really appreciate the two colors as well. Easy to instantly estimate snow depths. Recommended

5 5

Should work great!

I say should only because I've had the good fortune not to need it in an emergency yet, I've only used it for practice and to check snow depth, but it comes together in a snap, is light weight, and works well.

5 5

quick and efficient

I like this probe for its ease of use, one solid tug and its assembled and locked in place. It is lightweight, and very compact compared to a lot of probes i have seen... Have had my tourlight for about 3 years now and the cable is still in great condition

5 5

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i just saw this at REI and think i might have to exchange my BD quickdraw carbon fiber 230 for this voile. the voile seems to fold up quite a bit smaller and more compact. plus it's a little bit longer, and i'm not sure that i could actually feel the difference between 1.9 oz. weight difference.

the handle on this doesn't seem quite as good as the BD handle, but if you can replace it easily enough if it wears out, then it's all good.

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i ended up getting this probe and returning my black diamond quickdraw 230. this voile sets up every bit as quick as the quickdraw. and it folds up and fits much nicer in my pack. the diameter is significantly smaller on this than on the BD quickdraw as well — which might make it slightly more flimsy, but i think it will also make it more efficient in actual probing instances.

i also noticed on voile's site that they have this same probe in an even lighter (8oz) model. it happens to be about $5 cheaper too.

4 5

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I've been using this probe for four seasons now with no complaints. It's a solid length, it's lightweight, and it can be put together in just seconds.

4 5

Performs well

Probe performs very well - snaps together in a snap. Negative? The cloth handle holds up for about as long as the recent bailout package stimulated the economy. You'll probably find yourself buying some thin climbing rope and make a new handle.

5 5

My probe of choice

Put this probe to use over the last 2 years and it performs as if it is new. Extends extremely quick and holds form when you need it. Voile always makes great products and this is one of their best. Very lightweight too.