Safety and Avalanche Gear Reviews

Beacons Reviewed

Every other year, we conduct and publish a comprehensive beacon review. This is an off year, so we’ve pulled together last year’s findings and republished them here, as a guide for you. For the initial beta on beacons that will debut this winter, pick up the January issue, available soon.

Full Blown: Airbags Reviewed

Pick up the January issue of Backcountry Magazine for reviews of avalanche airbags that are making their debut this winter. In the meantime, check out these reviews of last year’s airbags, which are still available.

On the Hunt: 2010 Avalanche Beacon Recap
2010 avalanche beacon recap - Backcountry editors' choice

For a complete review of 2011’s newest beacons, pick up the January issue of Backcountry Magazine. In the meantime, here’s a rundown of last winter’s best beacons and our test procedures from the January 2010 issue.

Black Diamond Covert 32L/22L with AvaLung

As I strapped into an early production Black Diamond AvaLung pack last December, I contemplated gizmo madness, a human factor documented in avalanche accidents. With the accordion mouthpiece hovering before my lips, was I safer or more prone to the big “A” due to some misjudged sense of security in the gizmo?<

Pieps Freeride

Pieps offers budget conscious avy beacon - Digital processing with a single antenna for under $200

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