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BCA launches Tracker4 ‘Workhorse’ Avalanche Beacon

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Backcountry Access has just released its newest model, the Avalanche Fire Tracker4. We checked out an early sample – we know that so far.

The BCA Tracker series is one of the most popular avalanche beacons in North America. Skiers and riders know the tracker for a very simple user interface that is easy to learn.

This week BCA introduced a new model, the Tracker4. The brand claims it “marks a new industry standard for the durability and ease of use of the transceiver”. After examining a sales pattern of the beacon, we would say that it appears to have a robust build and a very simple user interface.

In summary: The BCA Tracker4 offers simplicity in an avalanche fire that maintains the required skills of most backcountry skiers. With three antennas, a multiple burial display, a proximity display and a “big picture mode”, many of the boxes required by skiers in the hinterland are checked. The claimed range of 55 meters is an average distance compared to competitors.

BCA Tracker4 release

The Tracker4 came out this month. At this point, the biggest differentiator from other trackers is their durability.

“It’s not that different. That’s the beauty, ”said Bruce Edgerly, Co-Founder and Vice President of BCA. “We took the best aspects of Tracker2 and combined it with Tracker3 to make Tracker4 our new beacon for workhorses. The most notable difference is the industrial design that is made indestructible. But we still have ultra-fast real-time processing and factual multiple funeral searches. “

When you pick up the Tracker4, you’ll notice a very sturdy feel and an easy-to-grip, rubberized, molded case. It is more robust in the hand than its predecessor. It also has a recessed screen to add another layer of protection against wear and tear. The screen also has a brighter resolution and louder speaker than the Tracker S and Tracker3, which improves visibility and audio cues during searches.

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The Tracker4 is also the only beacon that uses a full LED display. “That’s because we’re the only beacon manufacturer from North America – and the winters are cold here! LEDs work much better than LCDs under these conditions. Even in bitterly cold temperatures, we can maintain a bright, real-time display, ”said Edgerly.

While using the Tracker4 in a short test, I found it very intuitive to use. The main switch clicks loudly into send mode and engages in this position. It clicks easily back into search mode.

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The loud search tones quickly alert users when the beacon is in search mode. The multi-arrow system and area indicator on the LED screen are easy to understand and should provide simple feedback to users in search mode. This is by no means a complete test, but in a quick test of a sales sample, the Tracker4 system looks easy to use and durable.

Compared to other beacons on the market the price of $ 390 is about average.

The Tracker4 is available for buy online and from retailers in North America, Europe and Japan who may be located Here.

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