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Default Beacon for a fourteen year old?

Hey all, I have a nephew that we need to get a beacon for. He is fourteen and wants to ride with us more and more. He always has had a beacon before, but its time to get him his own. What is a good beacon for a kid that age? Any suggestions?

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Im 17...and I've had my trakker 1 since I was 15, and i like it. So i would go with trakker 1 or trakker 2
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Thanks I was leaning towards the Tracker 2, and yes we plan on having many "drills". Mainly cause it's my arse he may need to find...

I have the Pieps DSP, but I am not sure if his dad wants to spend that much coin, I love it by the way, and would like it if he got him one. He loves to sled, so I don't think he will be walking away from the sport, so it could be worth it.
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I'm pretty cheap......so for my 9year old I would probably get him the Pieps Freeride beacon because it is cheap and I would be able to find him in an avalanche but at 9 years old I don't plan on him searching for and finding me.

However, if he were 14 years old I would think that he would be able to use a beacon well enough to search for me and hopefully be able to dig me out. So I'd recommend the Tracker DTS at a minimum with my preference being a Tracker 2 for him because it is so easy.
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Thanks Snowbigdeal, I bought my Pieps through you, I believe I will point him towards the Tracker II, I am sure we will get it from you. Thanks.
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Tracker 2 for sure and a nine year old and a fourteen year old can probably find someone quicker than most of the folks on this site. Kids get beacons fast and they usually are fast as well. The Tracker 2 is one of the best as it is simple to use, does not have too many bells and whistles and simpler the better. I would steer clear of the pieps freeride. The DTS is awesome but the freeride not so much..
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Any person who rides the mountains should have a beacon but more importantly, any person who rides the mountains should be able to assist in the event of an avalanche.

Man, woman or child...if you can't dig, you should think twice about going. If the group is big enough to cover physically weaker members then I guess it could work.

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My dad bought me and my brother tracker 2 and they are nice... They dont use much battery and they are easy to use... Took an avy class last february and it helped me to become more familiar with it... It might not hurt to get your group together and go hide something on a hill and have them find it, just good practice to stay familiar with their equipment. I would get him a tracker 2 they seem to be top of the line and i bet he will be able to use if for a long time.
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