CO Native wrote:You can't write off single antenna beacons completely. Well you can for the average user, but those willing to take the time to learn a single antenna beacon will have the advantage of huge signal reception range. The Barryvox 2000 Pro is a single antenna beacon that has almost an 80 meter range (the EXT version comes with an external antenna that boosts that to 100 meters). That's huge. The Pulse comes in at 50 meters (which is still awesome), the Pieps DSP at 45, and the Tracker 2 is in the high 30s. Better range means you can search an avalanche field much faster. Single antenna beacons are still very useful to pros that need the ability to search large areas quickly.
However the reason these aren't practical for the average user is that you must be able to interpret the signal yourself rather than the beacon doing it for you. For most people the faster time acquiring the signal will be out weighed by the delay in zeroing in on the location.
When the Tracker was introduced, it destroyed all the old badass patroller pros with their "signal reception range advantage" in a beacon comp. The time spent interpreting the signal can be better spent doing a strip search.
The Pieps Vector will crush absolutely everything on the market in every way - if it ever gets released. Huge range and about as stupid-proof as it gets.