The Pieps DSP Tour was replaced by the
Pieps DSP Sport in
October 2013 after Pieps was acquired by Black Diamond Equipment.
Black Diamond also lowered the price by $75.
Summary: The Pieps Tour is the nearly identical
twin to the popular Pieps DSP,
but it has one button (versus the three on the DSP). The
result is an easier to use avalanche transceiver with a
lower price tag.
Ease of use: The single-button Tour
is as easy to use as it gets. A clearly labeled switch can
be in one of three positions: Off, Send, and Search. The
one-button interface allows you to "Mark" (i.e.,
ignore) a transmitter during a
The only thing confusing about this beacon is its name.
Pieps refers to it as the "DSP Tour" which is
easy to confuse with the Pieps
DSP (and now the Pieps
DSP Sport and Pieps
DSP Pro). And looking
at the transceiver, you'll need a magnifying glass to read
the word "Tour" just below the "Pieps"
Removed Features: The lack of the DSP's
Scan and Enter buttons results in the loss of three relatively
minor features. The Tour doesn't have the DSP's ability
for multiple beacons at various distances, it doesn't
frequency of other transceivers, and it doesn't support
searching for the Pieps
dog transmitter. Those features might be important for
a few folks, but as with the
Ortovox 3+, the
Tracker2, and the
trend toward simplicity is fantastic.
Remaining Features: Other than the removal
of the three features and the lower price, the Tour is identical
to the DSP. Read the full review of the
DSP for details.
Read the Pieps DSP Review
View the comparison table for
more information regarding the Pieps Tour.