Avy professionals and International Ski Mountaineering Federation officials don't recommend using a probe shorter than 240 centimeters (94.5 inches). In fact, we don't even sell shorter probes, as there are easier ways to tell your ski partners you don't like them. If you're looking to send the opposite message, however, consider carrying a well-worn ARVA Pro 240. Made of 7075 aluminum and a durable metal cable, the Pro features an autolocking mechanism so you can deploy in a hurry. Your partners will certainly appreciate the thought.
Update 2017/18: Arva redid the locking mechanism as a plastic clicker that still autolocks and is easy to release. Also they changed the external cord to steel cable and reduced the marking frequency to every 40cm. Weight barely budged.
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Reliable probing, demonstration|
|Notes||Fast automatic locking.|
|Bottom Line||Serious probe for serious safety.|