BCA Tracker 4 Avalanche Transceiver | Review

The classic Tracker design sees an update with the all-new Tracker 4

Why we chose the BCA Tracker 4: Ease of use, durable, intelligent 

Weight: 215g
Size : 12 cm x 7.5 cm x 2.6 cm
Battery Life: minimum 1 hour in search mode after 200 hours in transmit mode
Search Width: 50 m
Maximum Range: 55 m
Power Supply: 3x AAA
Price: £310

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While the BCA Tracker 4 is a brand new product in BCA’s extremely well considered range of avalanche safety products, it’s fair to say that there’s a wealth of history and reputation behind the Colorado-based company – enough to make BCA the go-to choice for avalanche safety professionals and amateurs alike

This history first began in 1994, after BCA produced the first digital transceiver while also helping to develop avalanche airbag technology. Now, over 25 years down the line, you can see how refined things have become – with the evolution of the Tracker line of avalanche transceivers.

“The best transceiver is the one you’re most efficient in working with”

It’s got to be said that the best transceiver is the one you’re most efficient in working with. Time is of the essence during avalanche rescues (or practice scenarios) and therefore, the transceiver should be intuitive to use. BCA have built the entire Tracker series with this in mind. The Tracker 1, for example, featured a huge red button right at the front of the beacon – which gave an obvious reference point when turning the transceiver to search.

Then the Tracker 2 came into our lives, again featuring a simple tab that was pulled down to turn the beacon into search mode. This Tracker 2 also featured a fully rubberised side that could easily take on the inevitable knocks and scuffs that come with time in the backcountry – some of us here at Mpora still use the tried and tested Tracker 2, to this day.

The Tracker 3 brought about significant changes in an entire redesign, with the search / transmit button moving to the top of the transceiver. There was also new ‘Big Picture’ and signal suppression modes – all in a smaller, and lighter weight, package. 

The BCA Tracker 4 continues on from the Tracker 3, with a few small (but notable) tweaks – creating an extremely refined transceiver, and one that we couldn’t recommend enough. 

The first of these changes is a beefed up case (similar to that of the Tracker 2), with a tough rubber encircling the entire unit and a recessed screen to help protect the new, larger, temperature resistant LED display (which provides more than enough brightness, even on the sunniest of days).

“We’re stoked to see this progression from BCA”

The tried and tested max range of 55 metres and search strip width of 50 metres remains the same, as does the stated minimum one hour of battery life in search mode after 200 hours in transmit mode.

We love what BCA have done with their signal suppression and ‘Big Picture’ modes. Signal suppression mode allows you to focus on a single signal for one minute, ensuring you’re able to locate a primary signal without distraction.

Big Picture mode is essentially the opposite to signal suppression. When activated, Big Picture will give you a readout of all the signals currently in range by alternating between each signal. This allows you to send your resources to different victims – ideal if you’ve got the extra manpower.

We’re stoked to see this progression from BCA. Yes, there may not be hundreds of new features peppering this new release, but that’s not what it’s all about with transceiver technology. BCA have stuck to their tried, tested and proven formula with great results in the Tracker 4. Extremely easy to use, durable and with additional features to help make companion rescue that bit easier – you can’t go wrong with the Tracker 4 this season.

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