Remember about three years ago when Garmin bought Tri-Tronics and sent shockwaves through the dog world and caused everyone to lament that it would be the downfall of the stalwart company?
Remember how even the wine-sipping New York City slickers at Gizmodo, who train kickin-sized dogs to perform stupid pet tricks during the Academy Awards, even had something bad to say about the buyout?
Thanks to big brother Garmin, Tri-Tronics has just upgraded its Pro Series collars to include new features - while lowering the price considerably.
All of the units feature smaller and lighter weight receivers, and two have built-in beacon lights. A new charging system uses micro-USB plugs and a cool new clip-on charging unit. Here's the down and dirty of each from the Tri-Tronics crew on Gun Dog Supply's website.
"Take the best collar we sell, the Pro 500, add built-in beacon lights and a bark collar, then add 3 more STIM levels to the top end, add vibration, and then knock $110 off the price."
Yeah, you read that right. More options, more stimulation levels and more than $100 less at $399.
"Take the Classic 70 and add a built-in bark collar and beacon lights. And that's it. New features don't mess up the simple, one-handed operation so you can focus on correcting your dog, not looking at your transmitter."
The Pro 70 retails for $299. If you think about it, you can't buy a decent bark collar and entry level e-collar for that price. With the Pro 70 you get both, and it's expandable to more dogs. No brainer.
** Trashbreaker Pro**
"Take the Trashbreaker, double the range to 4-miles, expand it to up to 9 dogs, and add a new, high-visibility color scheme. That's the new Trashbreaker Pro."
For houndsmen, a nine-dog unit with more range is a pretty good buy at $450.
At any rate, it doesn't seem like the Garmin buyout of Tri-Tronics has hurt the company at all. The economy of scale has allowed the company to continue to offer quality products, with more and more features, at a lower price point. That's some "bad" news I'll take any day.