Below I give a bit more information on the main sorts of avalanche beacons and how to choose one from some of the big names such as Barryvox, DTS Tracker, Pieps and Ortovox. I also offer some important considerations on choosing snow shovel.
If you choose not to carry the more expensive and advanced gear such as the Avalung, Snowpulse or Avalanche Airbag System I think that’s a fair decision to make. The choice to wear a piece of individual safety equipment is really a personal choice and one that will always be a balance between risk, reward and cost. But there are some bits of avalanche rescue gear that everyone should be carrying, because these are not just about self protection but about being able to rescue one’s companions. So that is why I think it is irresponsible not to carry avalanche beacons and avalanche probes why every group should have at least a couple of avalanche snow shovels.