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Snow reviews the BCA Tracker 3 avalanche transceiver. In the event of being buried in an avalanche, your best chance of survival is by being rescued by someone who is either with you or nearby immediately after it happens – something which is infinitely more likely if you both have transceivers.

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Overall Score
Easy to use, small and light
Priced at the top-end of the market

The best thing about BCA’s Tracker is its ease of use – which, along with a good snow shovel, is absolutely what you want if you ever have to use a transceiver in a real life emergency.

Compatible with any transceiver produced after 1996 the unit uses the 457kHz international frequency standard.

Using common AAA batteries, power will last a minimum of one hour in search mode after 200 hours in transmit mode.

Once put in search mode, the device displays a simple LED arrow showing the direction of the buried skier and a distance in metres that decreases in real time as you get closer to them.

On top of that the Tracker 3 is 20 per cent lighter (215g) and smaller than the Tracker 2 and claims to be the thinnest multi-antenna digital transceiver available.

Highlights include a ‘Big Picture’ mode, giving an overview of victims within the search area and
a ‘signal suppression mode’ which allows you to suppress the signal of the first victim once found and then lock onto next closest victim.

Unlike LCD displays, which can decrease in efficiency in the cold, the LEDs increase in efficiency when the mercury drops.

A transceiver is always a big investment but if you’re heading off-piste it’s absolutely vital that everyone carries one, and the Tracker 3 is as user-friendly as they get.

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