Updated November 26, 2019 by Tina Morna Freitas

The 7 Best Avalanche Beacons

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This wiki has been updated 7 times since it was first published in January of 2018. Each year, over 150 people fall victim to avalanches. It is, of course, important to understand all the relevant safety procedures and possible signs before entering uncertain territory, but one of these beacons can help if you ever find yourself in danger on the slopes. At the very least, one of these transceivers will give you peace of mind and, hopefully, you'll never have to use it. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best avalanche beacon on Amazon.

7. Arva Evo 4

6. Pieps DSP Sport

5. Backcountry Access Tracker

4. Ortovox Zoom+

3. Backcountry Access Tracker3

2. Arva Neo+

1. Mammut Barryvox S

Editor's Notes

November 21, 2019:

While the highly regarded Pieps DSP Pro needed a replacement because it's no longer available, the Pieps DSP Sport is still on the list and it has many of the same functions plus the reliability of the Pieps brand, but it's still no match for the Pro's battery life.

Our replacement for the top spot is the Mammut Barryvox S, which boasts a more than 300 hour battery life and the ability to detect micro movements such as a heartbeat. We also chose this model because the basic functions are intuitive enough for beginners, while the advanced features can make a huge difference in multiple burial scenarios. Plus the display is so large it can be read with goggles on.

An avalanche beacon can be the difference between life or death but remember not to develop a false sense of security and forgo important planning and safety measures before embarking into the wilderness.


Tina Morna Freitas
Last updated on November 26, 2019 by Tina Morna Freitas

Tina Morna Freitas is a writer who lives in Chicago with her family and three cats. She has a B.A. in anthropology with a minor in English, and has built a freelance career over the years in writing and digital marketing. Her passions for cooking, decorating and home improvement contribute to her extensive knowledge of all things kitchen and home goods. In addition, her 20 years as a parent inform her expertise in the endless stream of toys and equipment that inevitably takes over the homes of most parents. She also enjoys gardening, making and sipping margaritas, and aspires to be a crazy cat lady once all the children are grown.


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