The RAPT1450 Upland Beeper has all of the features you would expect from an upland collar/beeper combo. If you need a collar-beeper combo and don't mind some awkwardness with the beeper and transmitter. The RAPT1450 is a decent buy.
All the standard features of our current best selling R.A.P.T. 1400 training collar, now with a beeper function.The revolutionary new R.A.P.T. 1450 Upland remote dog trainer features a curved transmitter design with a strap for multiple grip positions. The Rapid Access button provides quick corrections and is programmable for all collar functions (Nick, Continuous, and Beeper modes). The collar is waterproof, rechargeable, and fits small to large dogs. The transmitter FLOATS on water.
What we found
Beeper: The beeper features are a nice alternative to running your dog with a bell. Especially when hunting thick cover. The run point option gives a continuous beep to keep in constant contact. The point beeper seems to be accurate and works well to indicate when your dog goes on point. I personally get the most use out of the beep locator. Even with a bell on, when I am in thick cover, it is hard to tell where my dog is. The manual beep is an easy way to locate her.
There are a couple minor issues we found with the unit's beeper. First, it is wicked loud. To be fair loud is needed if your dog is off in the distance and past normal range. The unit does come with a beep horn cover to help reduce the volume output. Unfortunately, the cap fell off the first day. Second, all three beeper modes run off the same button on the transmitter. That button can be sensitive. There have been many times I have had to re-cycle through the different modes to reset it to the desired state.
To keep the volume cap from falling off, apply a couple wraps of electrical tape. This will keep the cap in place and is easy remove as needed.
Transmitter: D.T. Systems has a unique design for all of its RAPT models. It's designed to fit over the top of your hand so that you can keep both hands on your shotgun.
This unique design does create a couple of challenges. For starters, the only button that is accessible for your thumb is the quick access button. One great feature of the transmitter is you can program this "nick" button to any of the other settings. Nick (default), continuous, vibrate, or beeper can all be programmed to be used on the quick access button. However this still posses challenges if you need to use a different mode. It takes two hands and additional time get the device off your hand and positioned to place where those buttons are accessible. This can be even more exciting with gloves on when it is 20 degrees. The design also makes having the transmitter on a tether around your neck a little awkward. It's bulky and bounces around as you walk. It also doesn't fit the standard transmitter holders in any of the noteable upland vests.
One observation we noticed was a periodic delay in response. Many times in the field I would press the beep locator and waited a half second or more before I could hear it. This does not always happen. In fact, the collar works as designed most of the time. That said, it happens enough to notice. With an e-collar, I need an immediate response every time. I want to know that I can depend on it.
In general the RAPT1450 Upland Beeper gets the job done. It has everything you would expect from a e-collar with some additional features. The price point is about $100 less than its competitors. If you need a collar-beeper combo and don't mind the awkwardness of the transmitter design. The RAPT1450 is a decent buy.