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How should I store my avalanche probe?

post #1 of 8
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Fully assembled, or broken down?

 

I've been keeping it broken down, but I wonder if it's better to keep the internal cord tensioned but straight, or untensioned but with a bend for each section. Thoughts? A quick google search didn't answer my question.

post #2 of 8

Pretty sure it is fine to keep it stored broken down (and in the pack).

post #3 of 8
Are we talking an elastic cord? That might - MAYBE - call for storing assembled, but I'd still store it broken down. That's just me.

And if it's a cable, like most are, then fold 'er up. I've got old ones that were always folded and they're fine.
post #4 of 8
Always kept them folded and broken down.
post #5 of 8

Wow in years of esoteric ski geekery I've never seen this question. My only contribution is a warning to check the probe regularly. The cord gripper on mine (plastic) cracked at some point in a pack and it was only when packing for another trip I spotted it.

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Originally Posted by fatbob View Post
 

Wow in years of esoteric ski geekery I've never seen this question. My only contribution is a warning to check the probe regularly. The cord gripper on mine (plastic) cracked at some point in a pack and it was only when packing for another trip I spotted it.

I'll take that as a compliment!

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Originally Posted by Bob Lee View Post

Are we talking an elastic cord? That might - MAYBE - call for storing assembled, but I'd still store it broken down. That's just me.

And if it's a cable, like most are, then fold 'er up. I've got old ones that were always folded and they're fine.

 

Mine is cable. I just noticed how wrinkly the cord got at the bend points and started wondering.

post #8 of 8

I've got 30-year-old tent poles that I store folded and still work fine.   If you have elastic, one trick is to start folding from the middle outward.  That equally distributes the tension.   

 

My life link avy probe doesn't have elastic, though.   They have a rope that you pull tight and cinch at the end.   Should be good until the end of (my) time.

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