Good for basic use
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
In single search mode this beacon is great and I have no complaints - easy to search with although the sound algorithm is a little annoying (does NOT matter in a real rescue scenario). Nice that it is easy to use with gloves and fits well in a pant pocket. The range is also great. However, in practicing multiple burial scenarios, I found that this beacon really under-performed compared to the BCA Tracker-S / Tracker 3 beacons. During normal use, the likelihood of experiencing a 3+ person burial as a recreational BC user is extremely low - however, perhaps due to the long range of the beacon, it was hard to practice this scenario which did not leave me with a lot of confidence in this tool. Even when I was in fine-search, the signal on my beacon was bouncing around significantly (would go from 1.0m to 4.0m, for example, and the beacons being searched for were dispersed 3m - 50m apart). Others in the group who also had the Barryvox faced the same issue. Mammut mentions in the user manual that the beacon can struggle with multiple burials and if the distance is flashing - indicating signal interference - you must slow your search down dramatically. We were also searching for older 2-antenna beacons and I wonder if this was part of the problem. However, the BCA beacons did not struggle at all which makes me regret my purchase as they are a similar (if not lower) price point. Long story short, if you think you will actually be in a multiple burial situation, buy a BCA or the Barryvox Pro (watching a review on it makes me feel confident that it would perform these tasks better).