In a field-test in this month’s Backcountry Magazine, Mammut’s Pulse Barryvox avalanche transceiver is deemed Editors’ Choice among six beacons tested. Five testers, ranging in beacon experience from a veteran avalanche professional and seasoned backcountry skiers to an eight-year old first-time user, employed the beacons in both single and multiple burial scenarios. The three-antenna Pulse Barryvox emerged as the clear choice among Backcountry Magazine’s test team and editors.
All beacons were assessed on the same criteria: range, secondary search, pinpointing, multiple burial scenarios, and ergonomics. “There was ultimately one unanimous winner,” states Backcountry. “When asked, after completing their testing, which beacon they would choose, all testers selected the Pulse Barryvox, Backcountry Magazine’s 2010 Editors’ Choice.”
Mammut has received the same feedback again and again from over 20 professional organizations, from guide services and helicopter ski tour operators to ski resorts and backcountry patrol crews. Long recognized among professionals for its user-friendly operation, a new firmware update to the Pulse now renders it the easiest to use beacon for first-time users as well, like Backcountry’s young tester. The Pulse is now easier than ever to use right out of the box, with the Basic mode as simple as follow the arrow to the avalanche victim.
The Advanced mode allows for more experienced users to set their preferences, or for professionals to maintain fleets of beacons – a key reason that esteemed guiding services and high-profile resorts are switching to the Pulse en masse. Pulse fleets are currently in use at Canadian Mountain Holidays, Chugach Powder Guides, Telluride Heli Trax, Sun Valley Heli Ski and a host of other well-known guiding operations as well as patrols at Aspen Ski Company, Snowbird, Crested Butte, Alyeska, The Canyons and many other destinations.
“The V.3.0 firmware upgrade retains all of the function of the previous Pulse Barryvox, with the addition of a separate simplified interface for the novice user, what we call the “basic user-profile”,” said David Furman, Hardgoods Category Manager for Mammut Sports Group USA. “It makes the Pulse not only the best choice for highly qualified users and pros, but the best choice for anyone heading out in avalanche terrain.”
With the new firmware, the Pulse retains its feature-rich function in the advanced user-profile, and adds a simple, easy to use interface for the basic or novice user. Enhancements include the Basic and Advanced
user profile settings, increased receiving range, and more effective search functions. The new firmware is standard on all new Pulse Barryvox beacons, and existing units can be upgraded at select dealers nationwide. Firmware upgrade sites can be found online at: http://www.mammut.ch/newfirmware or by reaching Mammut USA customer service at 1.800.451.5127.
About the Mammut Pulse Barryvox
Designed with a team of Swiss engineers over the course of several years, Mammut’s Pulse Barryvox was developed with a third antenna for increased accuracy and with the goal of providing rescuers with a transceiver that is fast, easy, and effective to use in both simple and complicated search scenarios. The third antenna allows for smooth, precise pinpointing at short range as well as in deep burial situations. It was the first 3-antenna transceiver with both digital and analog modes, and the first transceiver to communicate pulse and respiration information to rescuers.
The Pulse Barryvox is also the first transceiver to point to the location of the buried subject correctly even as the rescuer is moving away, eliminating the common “180-degree” flip-flop error because the display arrow points to the location of the buried subject in 360 degrees at all times.
Additional features of the Pulse Barryvox intended to increase rescue efficiency include the simple directional display for pinpointing utilizing the third antenna, automatic signal separation allowing the user to select and search for one signal at a time turning difficult multiple burials into a series of simple single-burials.