No-one should venture out into the backcountry without a bleeper, so it’s good to see companies like Ortovox making accessible models that are easy for to get to grips with. The Ortovox 3+ avalanche transceiver is a highly effective model that’s also one of the more affordable and user-friendly options out there.
As the name suggests, the Ortovox 3+ uses a trio of antennae, and switches between them in order to always get the best possible signal. Then when it’s time to change to the search mode, the large circular display is easy to get your head around.
“The Ortovox 3+ transceiver ensures that even the novice backcountry rider can master the key techniques”
Thanks to accurate reporting of distance, direction and number of signals, you’ll be able to get a plan together right away. It’s got a backlight that makes it easy to see in all conditions, and it also only requires a single standard AA battery.
If more than one person has been caught in the slide, the display will show graphics of up to three buried bodies – a bit morbid, perhaps, but it certainly helps to focus on the task at hand. A flagging function lets you identify the source of multiple beacons – when you find the first one, you can switch to the next nearest signal and continue the search while others help the first victim.