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Safety Upgrade: Beacon Trade-In Program Offers $75 Credit

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If your avalanche beacon came with a VHS training video, it’s time to trade up.


ORTOVOX now offers a $75 credit toward a new 3+ beacon with Smart Antenna Technology. Trade in any make of transceiver to an ORTOVOX dealer to get the discount. The offer is good until Jan.1, 2017.

Why upgrade older beacons? Quite simply, the technology has improved over recent years. Old beacons, while still functional, just don’t work as fast or accurately as new beacons.

And in an avalanche rescue situation, every second counts.

Avalanche Beacons: Improving Technology

ORTOVOX isn’t the only good beacon manufacturer. Mammut, Pieps, Backcountry Access, and more brands make quality, modern beacons. If you’re in the market, do your research, find one you like, and learn to use it well.

But this buy-back program is worth noting as it aims to get old beacons out of circulation.

Outdated analog, single-antenna, and digital, double-antenna transceivers may require more time to locate, and are more likely to mislead search teams than newer triple-antenna models.

“Antiquated beacons are a liability not only to you but to those around you,” said Tom Mason, ORTOVOX brand manager.

Modern technology makes being found easier, regardless of what kind of transceiver searchers are using.

Graphic: ORTOVOX


Beacons are a hefty investment. A $75 trade-in value will help get old, less-effective beacons off the mountain while softening the sticker shock of a new beacon.

The Ortovox 3+ retails for $340.

Your old transceivers can be recycled at participating ORTOVOX dealers for a credit toward the triple-antenna ORTOVOX 3+ digital beacon.

Visit the ORTOVOX store locator for a full list of participating dealers. Those who do not live near a dealer and wish to obtain this offer are encouraged to arrange an exchange by mail.

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