Here is my chrisis, i just ordered an abs backpack shovel and probes but i held off on ordering the beacon. i didnt order it because the lady who was helping me told me that you could not get s.o.s beacons anymore, and this was the beacon that my best friend and his dad have and they are who i ride with. i am not familiar with beacons at all so i dont know if certain onces are compatible with eachother. the lady recomended the backcountry beacon to me, and clamed i should get a digital one, were as my friend and dads s.o.s are analog. i dont know the difference between digital and analog so if anyone could enlighten me on what i should do in terms of purchase and explain to me the diffference between the two i would really appreciate it, thanks in advance.