- Price: £300
Despite the obvious and necessary safety benefits of always carrying a transceiver off-piste, we find we still come across the odd person who for some reason or another would rather not if they can avoid it. Sometimes you hear they don’t like the bulk of having it on their person – but now they really don’t have an excuse!
The all-new PIEPS Micro Transceiver is by far one of the smallest we’ve ever seen, clocking in at a little over 10cm in length and weighing just 150g – and that’s with batteries. In fact, it only needs one AA, which should give it around 200 hours of life in Send mode.
“Lest the size deceive you, it retains most of the great features from other PIEPS transceivers”
Lest the size deceive you, it still retains most of the great features from other PIEPS transceivers like the DSP Pro: a large and clear LCD screen, three-antenna search mode (while in Send mode, if one antenna is damaged it will automatically switch to another), multiple burial mark-offs and auto Search-to-Send mode. That last one means that if you get caught in a secondary slide during a rescue attempt and the unit remains motionless for three minutes, it will swap back to transmitting your position so that you can be found by the rest of your party.
The PIEPS Micro Transceiver even has Bluetooth compatibility, so you can use the PIEPS app to maintain and update your safety equipment. It does miss a few high end features out, but to those for whom every gram counts, this thing is the business: light, compact and perfect.