Apr 27, 2014

Tranciver test - La facture sera alors allégée d’une petite centaine d’Euros - the devices are still to expensive

The CAF compared 20 models of transceiver and tested 17 of them
Considering features such as ease of use, compatibility with other models, potential interference from other devices, performance when searching for multiple signals, etc. The Mammut Pulse Barryvox scored most highly on all factors and was declared to be the best of the bunch, with Ortovox S1 not far behind although it lost points on scope.
ARVA Neo and Mammut Element were recommended for their excellent range and efficient multi-victim search mode
In the last 3 years a third antenna has now become a standard. But still a few digital device don't have  this feature: ARVA Evo3 + Tracker2 BCA, Ortovox Zoom

Their advice is to avoid cheaper models such as the BCA Tracker DTS and the Pieps Freeride as they were deemed to have too low a range, making the first detection of a signal from another beacon too slow a process in an avalanche. The CAF also voiced the opinion that prices in general are too high and restrict people from buying the best in terms of safety and reliability.
Their findings concluded that although there is a wide range of transceivers to choose from, user-capability is often the defining factor in how good your device will perform. It is vital to learn how to use your transceiver correctly and to practise often, in different conditions.

BCA & Mammut recall avalanche airbags
BCA have identified a potential issue with the trigger assembly on their Float airbags, which were distributed from 2011 to 2013, they are offering an upgraded trigger assembly unit to all owners. Their website says:
Owners of Backcountry Access (“BCA”) Float airbags shipped in 2011-12 and 2012-13 should contact BCA to receive a new trigger assembly for their Float Airbag. This Alert applies specifically to Float 30 Airbag Pack, Float 18 Airbag Pack, Float 36 Airbag Pack, Float 22 – Blue, Float 22 – Black, Float 32 – Red, Float Throttle – Black. The affected trigger assemblies have a “lot” letter on the trigger handle, and the population includes lots A through E.
BCA has received a limited number of warranty returns in which the retaining ring, or E-clip, on the trigger assembly has been removed or become dislodged from the trigger cable. The E-clip can inadvertently be removed or become dislodged in the process of connecting the trigger assembly to the compressed air cylinder. If this occurs, the airbag may not deploy properly when the trigger is pulled. While the probability of this occurring is extremely low, we believe it is best to replace the entire assembly.
Meanwhile, certain models of Mammut and Snowpulse avalanche backpacks may also have a trigger mechanism related problem. Affected models were produced during 2011-12 or 2013-14 and are equipped with the Inflation System 2.0. Owners of these systems are advised to view this page on the Mammut website and to contact customer services if necessary to arrange a free repair

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