The $300 PhiPAL brick sends a distress signal—even without cell service—to your emergency contacts if you crash
Long used as a way to help emergency responders find people buried in avalanches, Recco technology is coming to summer gear
For (only!) $4,254
Owners instructed to return their beacons to company’s headquarters for repair
19 essentials designed to keep you alive
It makes no difference to Mother Nature whether you’re a few hundred feet outside the resort boundary or deep in the backcountry. At a minimum, if you plan to ski any uncontrolled slope, you need four things: a buddy, a beacon (worn over your midlayer, not stuffed in your pack), a shovel, and a probe.
I'm going to Nepal to trek the Annapurna Circuit and would like to send a message home letting family know I'm okay. Will the Spot or ACR personal locator beacons work, and, if so, which do you recommend? Steve Apple Valley, CA
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