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Pieps’ iProbe Carbon 220

Pieps’ iProbe Carbon 220

[ February 18, 2010 - 2:56pm ]
Pieps iProbe Carbon 220
A new electronic avalanche probe that helps you locate your buried companion.

Like all avalanche burial weaponry, Pieps’ new iPROBE Carbon 220 is something I don’t ever want to use in a real-life situation. That said, the new electronic probe features another tool to help locate your buried companion as quickly as possible. A sensor in the tip of the probe is similar to an avalanche transceiver in that it receives the buried beacon’s signal when it becomes in close proximity (less than two meters). The signal is instantly emitted as an optical and audible repeating beep in the handle. When the probe is within 50 centimeters the beep becomes a steady stream of sound. In practice, I found it intuitive to use and—with depth markings (in centimeters)—helpful to aid shoveling efforts. It’s compatible with all current 457kHz transceivers on the market. The new iPROBE is made from carbon to keep its weight down, but has more robust piping for durability. For now, iPROBE can utilize its “mark” feature (with other Pieps products only) to deactivate the buried transmitting beacon in the event of multiple burials. A 260-centimeter probe is also available. Bare in mind, tools are no replacement for experience and judgment. Learn rescue protocols, know how your equipment works, and make sure it’s working properly before heading into avalanche terrain. [$189;]

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