Like the airbag in your car, the avalanche transceiver is one piece of kit that you never hope you’ll use. That said, it is pretty much the single most important piece of kit you can have on you when you venture off piste.
Without wanting to put a downer on your day/sound like your preachy mom, having one could be the difference between snowboarding the next day and being dug up as cold and stiff as a turd in a beer cooler.
We wish transceivers were as affordable as say, a pair of snowboard socks, but the sad reality is that they can cost quite a bit of your hard earned. Still, we think you’ll agree that they’re probably worth every penny if they’ll end up saving you or your buddy’s life.
To help you get the most bang for your buck the as a transceiver that suits you, here are the main features you should look out for when considering buying one: