How to choose an avalanche probe


HOW TO CHOOSE AN AVALANCHE PROBE?

In the event of an avalanche, a probe will help you not only pinpoint the exact location of the victim but measure the burial depth too, reducing potential life-saving rescue time. In conjunction with an avalanche transceiver and shovel, the probe is an essential piece of safety kit. 


Length

Depending on where you’re riding, consider the depth of the snow. 2 metres or longer is ideal; while shorter probes are lighter, longer probes will give you more space to grip, reducing the risk of it breaking. Longer probes are also usually made with heavier, but more durable materials, and have the benefit of easing strain on your back when using for long periods of time.  

Material

Avalanche probes are usually built from aluminium or carbon and both have their advantages. Aluminium, although heavier, can penetrate tougher, denser snow quickly and effectively while carbon is lighter but more expensive.  

Functionality

Always ensure you know how to use your probe quickly and efficiently in the event of an avalanche, especially when wearing gloves. Although some ski poles have dual functionality and can transform into avalanche probes it can be time consuming in emergency situations.