Just recieved my new PLB and thought I'd share some info about it. Its called the ACR RESQFIX and its touted as the world's smallest and lightest PLB. ACR is the biggest name in emergency beacons. I'm not sure how available this beacon is in Canada. I know that MEC only carries the McMurdo Fastfind.
You can see in the photo that its way smaller than my ACR AQUAFIX (which I used to carry only when really deep in the wilderness) and also the SPOT 1 which was the only thing I usually carried in the backcountry over the past 4 or so years. The Spot while good for checking in with your contacts with pre-set messages does not compare in a real emergency to a real PLB which is far more powerful and reliable and rescue is initiated through a central rescue centre (with a US registered unit I believe the signal goes to the US Coast Guard) instead of a private company's office. If you want to know more google "spot vs plb."
I bought my Aquafix in 2006 and battery is supposed to be replaced every 5 years even though the supposed "shelf life" is near 10 years. Don't want to take a chance with my life so I planned to follow the recommended replacement schedule. Problem is that replacing the battery is more expensive than buying a new unit. So I bought the Resqlink online through backcountry.com for $289. Paid about $700 for the Aquafix in 2006 so not only is the new unit lighter and smaller its also much much cheaper. Gotta love the advance in technology! Brought the Resqlink accross the border myself the other day and didn't have to pay any tax or duty. Love that Nexus lane.
Just mailed in my registration form to the NOAA (in the US) and I'm all set. The form (which is included in the box) is simple and can be completed in 5 minutes.
Here you can see just how small the Resqlink is. Amazing.
And it only weighs 146 grams! Barely noticable.
Found a $12 Lowepro padded camera case that fits it just perfect. Has a really solid belt loop if you want to carry it on your waist. It also fits very nicely into the smallest Pelican Case if you want the ultimate in protection for it.
I don't think there is any excuse anymore to not carry a PLB. This is truly breakthrough technology.