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Mammut - Barryvox Beacon

Mammut Barryvox Beacon

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    Tech Specs

    Digital Range:
    Batteries Included:
    3 AAA
    Battery Life:
    [alkaline] 300 hours in send mode
    Harness Included:
    Claimed Weight:
    Recommended Use:
    backcountry skiing, backcountry snowboarding
    Manufacturer Warranty:
    2 year

    Barryvox Beacon

    Backcountry skiers and splitboarders should know their beacons like they know the back of their hand, so Mammut designed the Barryvox Beacon with an incredibly intuitive design so you can master it quickly. It features a single switch, single button, and separate flagging button for simple, reliable handling that you'll get the hang of after a few beacon drills. With a triple antenna, the Barrvox boasts an impressive 70-meter digital range that's just as large as most top-end beacons out there.

    The Barryvox shows distance, direction, and number of burial victims in an easy-to-see, goggle-friendly display. In search mode, the Barryvox will automatically switch back into send mode if the beacon's been still for four seconds, just in case you get in an accident while looking for a friend. Mammut included alkaline batteries and a carry case that keeps the beacon close to your chest.

    • Intuitive beacon for backcountry skiers and splitboarders
    • Triple antenna boasts an extended 70-meter digital range
    • Easy-to-see display shows distance, direction, and victim number
    • Auto switch from search to send after not moving for four minutes
    • Group and self tests with clear instructions

    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).

    superior range, good direction

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

    fortunately have not yet had to use this in an avalanche, but got to use it during a mountain skills course trying to locate a buried beacon. most of the class was using a rented BCA Tracker DTS. I found that I was able to locate signal from further away and followed a far more direct linear route to the dummy beacon as opposed to everyone going by a typical spiral pattern toward the same location. Would buy again.

    Thanks for the review, David!

    Best in Class

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I love this thing. I had an older transceiver that was still kicking but wanted to get one that was highly rated in the market. One thing that I ended up finding out was the actual distance of reading compared to other same level brands. I was hitting a signal in practice at 73 meters when others in my squad were getting their first signal under 60 meters. I know that they are both really respectable distances, but having that extra distance helps provide confidence that if I ever have to use it to find a buddy I can pinpoint them earlier. Time is of most importance!

    Most importantly, PRACTICE! I can't tell you how many times I've heard someone say they are using beacons for the first time on a tour. Get out to a beacon park or get some friends together and play some games, do some drills. Be confident in your avy practices and hope you never have to use them.

    Very impressive avie beacon

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I bought this to replace my 30-year old Ortovox dual frequency beacon. It was state of the art in its time, but its time has passed. Testing this unit out was very impressive. Definitely has a 70m sensitivity. It was so easy to use and follow the screen directions, just amazing. My wife has never done a beacon search, but she had no trouble finding a buried beacon 200m away in no time flat on her first try. I was truly amazed to see how foolproof this unit seems to be while still providing full information on the interface screen. Very fast, very simple, very informative, very easy to use. Just the combination you want when a challenging situation arises. No obstacles in the way from complex technology that demands its own attention instead of attending to the crisis at hand. Excellent piece of engineering. Well manufactured. Compact, sturdy. Excellent warranty. A really solid product that I will be wearing most days during the coming ski season and those beyond. Highly recommended. By the way...backcountry's description says 3 years of warranty with registration. It's actually 3 **additional** years of warranty if you register the unit; making for a total of a 5 year warranty. Affordable, too.

    Feature Rich Simplicity

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This beacon has all the bells and whistles you can expect from a modern day 3 antenna beacon with a larger range than many other options out there. The interface for turning it between modes and tracking burials is also visually and mechanically simple but very detailed. If you are looking for a fully featured beacon with a long range make sure to take a second look at this guy.

    barryvox rox

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This beacon is easy to use and seems very reliable. During a test it had the second farthest range of any of the beacons being used within my group, which was good to know considering I am in the market for a beacon.

    So Far So Good.

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

    I have only used this beacon for practice and on a few snowshoe and ski trips. In practice this beacon has the best range and picked up a signal ~10 meters before other beacons. The interface is simple (not complex) which is needed if in a rescue scenario.

    Simple but complex

      I really like this beacon it takes a lot of guess work out of the situation with the button design, since there is only one button it keeps it simple.

      Sleek and easy to use

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

      Took this beacon out for a few ski tours this year and loved carrying it! I, of course, did not perform any real rescues with the transceiver but found it easy to use doing a quick shallow burial practice. The BRIGHT orange switch is hard to miss and the screen is easy to ready. I was impressed with a very long range test of 64.

      Luckily I've never had to use it...

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      But testing it many times I have supreme confidence in this transceiver. Fool proof with search / transmit mode, so much that if you are in search and you don't move for a period of time it will automatically switch to transmit. Screen is straightforward and easy to see in most light conditions. One downside is no backlight for pre dawn approaches but that does save battery life.
      Overall I really like the features and functionality and would recommend highly.

      +1 for backlight