McMurdo Fast Find PLBs - Advice Required

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McMurdo Fast Find PLBs - Advice Required

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McMurdo have a couple of PLBs that I am interested in and are similarly priced, but not being so tech savvie, which is the better of the two and why ?

Fast Find Ranger vs. Fast Find 220

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The specifications appear almost identical; the Ranger is a few mm smaller. I have not heard of the Ranger before, although it seems to have been launched in 2012. It seems to be mainly a marketing difference. I would ask McMurdo, in your position. I have a Fastfind.

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As Chris says, there is no difference between them based on operation, in fact I suspect that they are identical inside. The Ranger is aimed at walkers and mountaineers whereas the Fastfind 220 is aimed at the marine market, thus the Fastfind 220 comes with a flotation jacket so that it will float. However, I would suggest that you fitted a lanyard as well as the chance of retrieving a lost and floating PLB in rough water is probably zero. I will add another choice to your list, the RescueMe PLB1 which is smaller than the fastfind. Basically they all do the same thing.

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Thanks Chris & Graham,

I'm pleased it wasn't just me that couldn't see much between them. One review I saw said the Ranger was aimed at land use, but has exactly the same level of waterproofing as the 220.

I'll have another look at the RescueMe before buying.

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Update.

After speaking with McMurdo, I have opted for the Ranger for the reasons below.

As well as kayaking, I do a lot of stuff in the Scottish Highlands & Cumbria, including winter conditions.

The Ranger has exactly the same level of waterproofing as the 220 and is made of a more robust plastic in case of being dropped on land. It also has a 50% longer transmit time, which is fairly irrelevant at sea, if you're in the water and haven't been rescued in the 24 hours that the 220 gives you, you're in a spot of bother.

Ken.

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