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Mammut Pulse Barryvox Avalanche Beacon

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The Mammut Pulse Barryvox Avalanche Beacon: Fast. Effective. Versatile. This 3 antenna beacon leads the industry in ease of use in its intuitive "Basic" mode with a super clear distance readout and single arrow directional display that novices can use easily with pinpoint accuracy. "Advanced" mode users have more search options than you can shake a probe at, including the ability to utilize analog audio signals as well as the digital readout (or even turn the digital display off and rely solely on the analog signal). The Pulse Barryvox is the only beacon currently on the market that can use Lithium batteries, which have an advantage in very cold temperatures. It's also unique in its ability to detect a heartbeat and movement in a victim wearing another Pulse unit. This beacon will appeal to avalanche pros and tech geeks who are willing to take the time to master its use as well as those who want the option of an analog mode for superior search range or as an aid in fine search.

Product Details

Display

DirectionSingle large 360˚ rotating arrow

DistanceLarge numeric readout when distance is over 3 meters; choice of 3 different graphical schemes for fine search in "Advanced" mode

Search Features

Advanced Mode Search OptionsUser has multiple options for search in advanced mode, including analog audio backup with digital distance/directional readout and full analog mode with no visual display for maximum signal sensitivity. 3 fine search display options are available.

Multiple BurialsSophisticated multiple burial detection, with masking function, heartbeat and movement indicator (only with other Pulse wearers) when in Advanced mode.

RangeMore than 60 meters

Search Strip50 meters

Analog-only ModePure analog mode with no visual display available in "advanced" search for exceptional range

Optional Modes

Basic ModeRelies on digitally processed signal for distance/direction/audio; fine search graphic defaults to "cross," multiple burial graphic, marking function for buried victims

Advanced ModeOffers user a number of choices with regard to use/non use of a separate analog signal, along with the ability to receive "vitals" information about victims such as presence of a heatbeat and time of burial (only if victims are also wearing a Pulse beacon)

Battery

3 "AAA" BatteriesThe Mammut Pulse Barryvox is the first transceiver that is fully compatible with Lithium batteries.

Battery LifeAt least 200 hours in transmit mode

Additional Features

Firmware Versionv 3.2

Transmitting Frequency457 KHz

360° DisplayPermanent 360˚ display for accurate orientation

LDC contrast adjustment

Frequency verification during group test

3-D Motion DetectorsAnalyzes time of burial based on movement of victims; transmits vitals information of buried victims

Auto Revert to "Send" ModeSearchers' units will automatically revert to transmit mode if no movement is detected

W-LinkAdditional W-Link Frequency: Europe - 869.8 MHz, North America - 916-926 MHz

Automatic Self-Test on Startup

Headphone Jack

Dimensions113 x 75 x 27 mm

Transceiver Weight210 grams with batteries

100% Swiss Made

Beacons Require TrainingWearing an avalanche beacon is no guarantee of safety in avalanche terrain. We recommend that backcountry travelers take an AIARE Level One class or the equivalent, and practice the skills they learn there regularly with their partners.

Specs

  • Warranty: 5 Years

Reviews

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Mammut Pulse Barryvox Avalanche Beacon
 
4.4

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (10)
  • Lightweight (8)
  • Tough (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Powder (4)
  • Icy conditions (3)
  • White out conditions (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Advanced (5), Expert (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (10)

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5.0

Excellent Beacon

By 

from Truckee, CA

About Me Expert

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Stylish
  • Tough

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Icy Conditions
    • Powder
    • Slushy Conditions
    • White Out Conditions

    Comments about Mammut Pulse Barryvox Avalanche Beacon:

    We use these beacons heli-skiing in Canada and skiing in the back country in Wyoming, Colorado and California. Easy to turn on, will separate searches for several victims, and reliable. Fortunately, we have not had to use them in a real avalanche, but we are prepared to do so.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    4.0

    As sweet as advertised

    By 

    from Auburn, WA

    About Me Intermediate

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Mammut Pulse Barryvox Avalanche Beacon:

        I purchased the Barrybox based on several online reviews and ranks for beacons. I was further amazed at the way that it handled it the field. Quick and accurate while utilizing out on the mountain. My only real concern was size and weight. But upon comparing beacons with several other individuals that I know, the Barrybox came in with the least weight and bulk amongst beacons utilized by group. I really enjoy being able to utilize as a basic unit until I understand all the bells and whistles.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        easy set up and great price

        By 

        from Salt Lake City, UT

        About Me Advanced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Mammut Pulse Barryvox Avalanche Beacon:

            I haven't had to use this product yet in an actual burial situation (and of course hoping that I never do) but the set up, fit underneath my jacket, and general usage of this is great. There is a setting for basic and advanced, which means anyone can use this beacon but it has the capability of being much more for an advanced user. Feels very lightweight on my body and is not bulky at all — I hardly notice it when I'm wearing it. I have even started wearing it in bounds as an extra precaution on higher danger days because its such a unnoticeable extra piece. Was also impressed with evo's price on this beacon. It was already a great price, and I was able to use an additional sale discount to get this at an absolute steal.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            4.0

            Great Product! Pricey but worth it.

            By 

            from Bay Area, CA

            About Me Advanced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Avy Terrain

              Comments about Mammut Pulse Barryvox Avalanche Beacon:

              I haven't used this in a real avy situation but from using it in practice it has been very easy to use and I am glad that I spent the money to buy the top of the line beacon. The arrow is easy to see and easy to follow and the beeps are very clear and crisp. The only thing that I had remorse about was the price but I am sure that if I ever need to use this in a life or death situation that I will be glad I spent the extra $100.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              4.0

              The best in the industry

              By 

              from San Francisco

              About Me Advanced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Stylish
              • Tough

              Cons

              • Expensive

              Best Uses

              • Avalanche

              Comments about Mammut Pulse Barryvox Avalanche Beacon:

              I strongly recommend you do a certified avalanche course if you are planning on using this type of gear. It works really well, but it needs good training and ongoing practice to become proficient in it's use. This is a life saving tool for those who know how to use it. Be safe in the back country!

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              • No
               
              4.0

              Probably the best beacon on the market

              By 

              from Warsaw, Poland

              About Me Advanced

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Intuitive
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Check The Software V

              Best Uses

              • Icy Conditions
              • Powder
              • Slushy Conditions
              • White Out Conditions

              Comments about Mammut Pulse Barryvox Avalanche Beacon:

              Excellent beacon, easy to use even for not professionals after initial training in BC, of course.
              Be aware of soft version - US distribution (U.S./ Canada/New Zealand) has default set for Region B - 916-926 MHz, whereas European for the Region A - 869.8 MHz. 'Vital Data' (pulse, ect.) would not work between them. It is easy changeable in European version, but not in U.S. one! If U R going to Europe make sure to upgrade the soft (~$30). Besides, beacons 'on sale' at Evo have old 3.2 software version. The newest one is 4.0.
              Obviously modes of search/transmit operate on one and only adopted frequency, common to all models of analog/digital : 457kHz, regardless of software version and region.

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              • No
               
              5.0

              Swiss precision

              By 

              from Malmö, Sweden.

              About Me Advanced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Tough

              Cons

              • Price

              Best Uses

              • Backcountry

              Comments about Mammut Pulse Barryvox Avalanche Beacon:

              A great little beacon with excellent spike handling. IMHO, still the best beacon on the market.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              4.0

              Beacon suggested by friend

              By 

              from Albany,NY

              About Me Expert

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Powder

                Comments about Mammut Pulse Barryvox Avalanche Beacon:

                This was a beacon that has been tested by a friend. Product is outstanding!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                A precaution

                By 

                from New Zealand

                About Me Beginner

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Tough

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Avalanche
                  • Icy Conditions
                  • Powder
                  • White Out Conditions

                  Comments about Mammut Pulse Barryvox Avalanche Beacon:

                  It's good just hope I don't have to use it. I bought it as part of my survival kit.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  5.0

                  Great beacon!!

                  By 

                  from Keystone, CO

                  About Me Expert

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Tough

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Mammut Pulse Barryvox Avalanche Beacon:

                      So far so good the Barryvox Pulse. Easy to use right out of the box and I love that you can enter owner details that come up on the screen when you first turn it on. I haven't practiced with it as much as I would have liked so can't comment on the finer details in search mode. This beacon has an advanced mode setting and basic setting so you can have it on either depending on the experience of the user. My husband and I have the same beacon so I like the added feature of the beacon letting you know if the other user is breathing in the event of a burial. Very happy with this transceiver so far.

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                      • No
                       
                      4.0

                      Best beacon I have ever used!

                      By 

                      from Seattle

                      About Me Expert

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Mammut Pulse Barryvox Avalanche Beacon:

                            Great Beacon, out of the five I have used the Pulse is by far the fastest easiest most intuitive I have used. The 360 degree arrow really helps when identifying burials. The arrow doesn't jump like most of the beacons I have seen, it is very smooth and easy to follow. I also love the fact that you can upgrade the firmware when updates come up. It is especially good at multiple burials, during practice sessions with friends I could easily locate all six of our beacons and I have been told it can handle up to sixteen (hope we never have to use it). All in all well worth the money, now I want all my friends to have one.

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                            • No

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                            Products with Lithium Batteries cannot be shipped to APO/FPO addresses.
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