- Feb. 4, 2014
-- OutdoorGearLab.com revealed today the winners of the 2014 Editors' Choice awards for Best Avalanche Beacons. OutdoorGearLab Review Editor's picked the following winners after testing thirteen top products in Alaska, the Cascades and the Sierras. Feedback was collected from not only expert mountain guides and AIARE instructors but novaces as well to gain a well rounded perspective. Testing categories include; range, speed, fine search, features, multiple burials and single victim search. Read the full comparison review here: http://www.outdoorgearlab.com/
The winners include:
The Mammut Pulse Barryvox: http://www.outdoorgearlab.com/
Pulse-Barryvox winner of the Editors' Choice award for 2014. Review Editor Ian Nicolson reports,"The Barryvox scored either the best or very close in all of our side-by-side testing in every category. It has the best range for a digital model and tons of features and user options."
The Top Pick award is given to a product that excels at a specific application. In this case, there were four products chosen for this award. The 2014 OutdoorGearLab Top Pick awards were presented to the following products:
The Ortovox S1+ http://www.outdoorgearlab.com/Avalanche-Beacon-Reviews/Or...
According to Gear Editor Nicolson, "The S1+ may very well be the wave of the future. It is one of the most technically advanced products on the market. It performs high in nearly every category and was fairy easy to use. It's overall maximum range is among the best we've tested, which allows search strip widths."
The Arva Neo http://www.outdoorgearlab.com/Avalanche-Beacon-Reviews/Ar...
Gear Review Editor Nicolson says the Neo is, "Lightening fast and one of the highest scoring in our review and the best option available between three and four hundred dollars. It's a solid product with intuitive controls and functions suitable for the novice and advance backcountry user alike."
The Pieps DSP Tour http://www.outdoorgearlab.com/Avalanche-Beacon-Reviews/Pi...
Nicolson says, "With its fast processing sppeed and long range, the Tour is one of the best values out there and it scored very high in nearly category."
The Backcountry Access Tracker 2 http://www.outdoorgearlab.com/
2 Nicolson relays, "The Tracker 2 is maybe the easiest to use and super fast. It's three antennae design is simple to use and it features possibly the fastest processor of all the products we tested. We recommend it for all users but it's especially great for more novice, intermediate or occasional backcountry adventurers looking for a great value."
OutdoorGearLab LLC is a company headquartered in Cheyenne, Wyoming dedicated to creating world’s best outdoor gear reviews. The company’s website, is a free resource for people who love the outdoors and participate in activities such as hiking, climbing, backpacking, and camping. The company performs side-by-side testing of outdoor gear and publishes the results in comparative reviews. Each product is scored across a range of weighted categories, competing products are ranked, and awards are provide to top performing products.