PIEPS Micro Transceiver 2016-2017

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.

Trade Secrets

Heinz Stocker – PIEPS

On the one hand, our goal was to produce the smallest and lightest avalanche transceiver ever, but we also wanted to simplify the operation.

A minimum size is necessary due to the antenna, but we managed to get all the tried and tested PIEPS features (such as the circular receiving range, the very stable mark function and automatic switching from search to send) into something weighing only 150g, and 10cm in length.

At the same time we aimed to develop an app that, in combination with Bluetooth, would make it possible to access the device manager quickly and easily. Also, simplifying the software updates was a very important point.

“Developing this transceiver was a project that intensively occupied our team for many years, but the results speak for themselves.

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