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A new digital avalanche probe claims to revolutionise searching for a victim. Is the claim valid? NEW




Anyone who uses an avalanche transceiver knows that once a signal has been picked up the final stages of the search is where time is lost.

The new digitial avalanche devices on the market with their arrows and distance measurements make it simpler to get to within a 2m range of the victim.

But then the fine search can take an eternity.

Step forward the iProbe from Pieps.

It came on to the market last winter and has now been re-launched as the PIEPS iPROBE II.

Regular readers will know PlanetSKI was in Fieberbrunn for the Freeride World Tour last weekend.

Alongside the event were demonstrations and displays of off piste equipment.

From skis to clothing and much in between.

The FWT is as much a festival of freeriding as sporting competition.

In among all the gear the one that caught our eye was the digital i-Probe.

Peter from Pieps/Blackdiamond demonstrated the product to us and the difficulties of the final stage of any search as he sought to find a pre-buried transceiver:

And then Peter produced the iProbe for the final search.

Now here at PlanetSKI we sadly didn't have the time to test it ourselves, but we are hoping to do so shortly.

In theory it seems an excellent addition to off piste safety kit.

It retails at around £130.

If you have had experience of the iProbe either in a real situation or while training please feel free to let us know over on the PlanetSKI Facebook page.

We'd love to hear if the reality matches the theory.....

Peter with the iProbePeter with the iProbe
















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