Please note, this article is an “opinion” to not buy the Pieps DSP – we just like you (our readers) and want you to be as safe as possible. It would go against our ethics to tell you to buy a safety device that is subpar to its competitors. In the market for a transceiver? Check out the Mammut Barryvox or BCA Tracker.

Bottom line at the top: don’t buy a Pieps DSP.

We’re usually not so opinionated on gear – I mean we like what we like, but rarely will you see us saying “don’t buy this” but a transceiver that’s not reliable is something we’re passionate about saying “don’t buy.” While you’ll see in the post below from the manufacture it reaches “certification standard” – the truth is, it wears out prematurely comparatively to other opinions. We have a lot to say, but we’ll let the pro’s do the talking, scroll on.

If you haven’t read Nick McNutt’s story by Christina Lusti, check out the post below and watch the events unfold in the new TGR film. Make note that this isn’t the only case of the transceiver wearing out in our opinion “prematurely” – there have been multiple fatalities because of this device wearing out prematurely. If you own one, replace it, if you’re in the market for a transceiver, don’t buy one that will wear out – it’s your life on the line here.

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Notable part 4: In the following days I was in disbelief that Nicks transceiver had turned off. The experience left me questioning the Integrity of the Pieps DSPpro. A few days after the incident I sent a email to the guiding community enquiring about similar experiences or issues with this device. I was surprised to see my email flooded with similar accounts, even dating back to 2017. ⚠️The problem being it can switch modes easily without the user’s knowledge⚠️ Due to poor design the button wears out and no longer provides resistance allowing it to slide out of send mode. We suspect the impact from Nick being dragged through the trees switched his to off, burdening us with a full burial with no signal. This only confirmed our lack of confidence in the device, a piece of equipment that is paramount to the safety of backcountry riders. We as a community should not question the reliability of rescue gear and should demand industry standards. Nick has been in conversation with Black Diamond/Pieps with hopes of a product recall of the Pieps DSP pro/sport models and dismantling sales of this product. No recall has been publicly communicated and this device is still for sale online. Our main goal is to get this device off of users in the ski industry, so this doesn’t happen again and again. •If you or someone you know owns one I would suggest contacting BD/Pieps warranty and request a replacement upgrade model. •If you’re in the market for a new transceiver I’d suggest a Mammute barryvox #notsponsored I think it’s a premium product. •Whatever gear you’ve acquired use it properly. Wear it properly. Practice all and every scenarios so when shit hits the fan you can be there for your partners. •Take avalanche training courses. •Hire a guide! Lots will be looking for work this winter. •Find a mentor. •Do a mandatory morning transceiver check. •Acquire a backcountry communication device. The list goes on … but I hope this has been helpful. Stay tuned as @nickmcnutt & @ianmcintosh will also be sharing more in the coming weeks! Be safe have fun ❄️🙏 **If you have any questions please DM me I’m happy to chat. 📷 @eparkerphoto_ & @lesliehittmeier

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The meme talks…

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Shots fired @avalanchepieps ⚠️

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