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DELTA SPORT XC BUTTON CONFIGURATIONSThe DELTA SPORT XC includes the same 3 button configurations as the DELTA XC plus two additional configurations (button set ups) which allow you to have a wider spread (36 levels) of both continuous stimulation and momentary stimulation.
5 Different DELTA SPORT XC Configurations (button set ups)
The DELTA SPORT XC also has 36 Levels of STIMThese two additional configurations will take the 18 levels of momentary and continuous stimulation and split them into low and high levels giving you 36 levels of stimulation. The low and high levels will increase in a linear order. That means that a low 1 will be lower than a high 1 but a low 2 will be higher than a high 1. This is an impressive spread of stimulation and will allow you to find the right level for even the most sensitive of dogs.
DELTA UPLAND XC BUTTON CONFIGURATIONSThe DELTA UPLAND XC gives you 5 possible button configurations for control over stimulation, tone and vibration plus the remote Upland Beeper.
5 Different DELTA SPORT XC Configurations (button set ups)
DELTA XC COLLAR
Small rechargeable collar fits dogs as little as 8 lbs.
DELTA XC TRANSMITTER
LCD ScreenThe DELTA XC transmitter uses a LCD screen to show stim level, button configuration mode, dog selected, and the transmitter battery life.
No Dials to change stim levelsOne of the biggest differences in the DELTA XC units compared to anything Tri-tronics has ever made before is the lack of a dial to change stimulation levels. Instead of dials, you use keys.
Garmin designers just don't like dials. On the DELTA XC units, they went with keys to change modes and levels. Keys are similar to button but they are stiffer and have a different feel compared to a button. The keys are used to turn the transmitter on, change stimulation levels, change from one dog to the next dog, and change correction configurations.
Overall, I am pleased with the design and feel of the keys. They have a positive resistance to them, and you can tell when you have clicked a key to make a change without looking at the transmitter. You can also hear a click when the button is pressed. It isn't a loud sound, but the majority of the time I can hear it -- even outdoors.
One-Handed OperationThe DELTA XC transmitters are designed for one-handed operation. You have access to every button and key and can change stimulation levels, configurations and dog selection all one-handed. I can't stand a transmitter that requires two hands to use because when I'm dog training, my other hand is holding a leash, check cord, or something else.
No-Look OperationThe DELTA XC transmitters get a mixed score from me on No-look operation. When you are only working one dog at a time, the DELTA XC transmitters are fine for no-look operation. This gets a little trickier when working multiple dogs. I prefer a transmitter that allows me to make changes while I keep my eye on the dog.
For me, dials and toggle switches are easiest to operate without looking, but the DELTA XC transmitter keys come pretty close for raising and lowering STIM levels. Since you can feel and hear when you press a key, I can make STIM changes without looking and know where I am the majority of the time. Just don't try to make things too complicated. It takes some practice to get used to No-Look-Operation, and you MUST stick with a consistent base level so you know what level you are on and which dog you are correcting. The downside of having a key to change dogs is that there is no way to know what dog you are on without looking at the transmitter.
Different Stimulation Levels for Different DogsThe advantage of the LCD screen over using a dial to select STIM and a switch to toggle between dogs is that you can have a different stimulation level for each dog. You can't do this with a transmitter that uses a dial. When you have dogs that you work at the same time, but require different stimulation levels, you can make faster corrections using the DELTA XC Transmitter.
Moving between button configurationsYou can change button configurations while the dog is wearing the collar which gives you full access to all the options that the DELTA XC units have all the time.
Different configurations for different dogsYou can also have different configurations selected for different dogs at the same time. There is a little upside to this if you prefer to use tone with one dog and vibration with another, but I caution folks not to make the mistake of having three different configurations while running three different dogs. Keeping up with which dog is which is hard enough, having to remember which button is which at the same time is pushing your luck.
Something else to know is that you must have the transmitter turned on to put a DELTA SPORT XC collar into bark mode. Once it is in bark mode, you can turn the transmitter off and the collar will stay in Bark Mode.
Multiple Dogs: Selecting a DogI mentioned it earlier but it is worth pointing out again. The lack of a toggle switch or a dial like the Sport Basic makes it impossible to tell which dog you are on without looking at the transmitter. For the majority of folks this isn't a deal breaker, but you need to be aware of it. The last thing you want to do is correct the wrong dog.
Accidentally Changing Correction ConfigurationsWhile I love the fact that you have access to all of the stimulation options on both DELTA XC Units from the transmitter and you can change them as needed, you need to be aware that you can also change them and not know it. It isn't easy to do and I have not really experienced it in the field, but until I got completely comfortable with all the keys, I hit the wrong one a few times.
In the same way that you can't tell which dog you are on without looking at the transmitter, you can't tell if you are in a different Correction Configuration without looking at the screen. It's not a deal breaker, but you need to be aware of it and spend some time with the remote and get comfortable with what key does what.
DELTA XC STIMBoth DELTA XC units offer continuous and momentary stimulation.
All 3 have BOTH Vibration and ToneAll the DELTA XC units offer both a vibration and standard tone beep in the same system. The tone / vibration combination gives folks two non-stim training options. Teach multiple silent commands using a combination of tone and vibration. Work an entire field moving your dog back and forth without ever making a sound.
DELTA XC BATTERIES
Transmitter has an ON/OFF buttonDon't worry, you don't need to be worried about forgetting to turn it off.
The DELTA XC transmitters have an on/off button. This is a first for a Tri-Tronics system, and I wasn't real sure how I would feel about it. It's rare to run a transmitter battery down before you run a collar down. If you charge the transmitter every time you charge the collar, you should never have an issue.
While the DELTA XC Transmitters have a longer life than the collars, I was concerned about what would happen if I remembered to turn my collar off but I left the transmitter running. Would I come back a few days later to a collar that worked but a dead transmitter. That's where a battery run time test comes in. We always test how long it takes to run a system dead from start to finish. It's hard to give completely accurate numbers since how many times you push the button plays into run time, but our tests are designed to cover just "on" time. We charge them up and just let them run until dead.
Battery Run Time (60-70 hours)COLLAR -- Garmin lists the DELTA XC Collar battery life at 60 hours. We found it took about 70 straight hours of run time to fully deplete the collar.
TRANSMITTER -- Garmin also lists the transmitter battery life at 60 hours. That's a little short. I have had mine turned on for a month. That's a little over 740 hours. And it's still showing a full charge. While I don't recommend that you leave the transmitter on all the time, you don't need to be worried about forgetting to turn it off.
Battery Charge Time (2 hours)COLLAR -- The collar will indicate battery power by the light on the front. Green is fully charged, yellow is needs a charge, red is dead. The collar glows RED while charging and GREEN when finished.
TRANSMITTER -- The transmitter has a 3 bar chart that shows the power. I would not let it get below one bar if it were me. A dead battery in the collar and transmitter take around 2 hours to charge. I recommend that you charge both at the same time even if the transmitter is showing a full charge.
DELTA XC RANGE
DELTA XC WARRANTYGarmin DELTA XC units have a 1 year parts and labor warranty.
DELTA SPORT XC AND UPLAND XC HAVE A BUILT-IN BARK COLLARHaving a bark collar built inside a remote training collar is pretty neat and has several upsides. We get many requests for this feature and I expect it is going to be very popular.
From the transmitter, change the mode from a training collar to a bark collar -- train one dog, keep others quiet.
The DELTA SPORT XC and UPLAND XC include a bark collar option. To change your DELTA SPORT XC or UPLAND XC into a bark collar, simply move the training mode selection key to the image of the barking dog and your collar turns into a bark collar.
BUILT-IN BARK COLLAR PROS AND CONSPros of having a built-in bark collar:
Cons of having a built-in bark collar:
PRO: Switch from training mode to no-bark mode and back from the transmitterThis is pretty cool and it's something we've never had before. Another company made a combination unit several years ago, but it was not something that you could change from the handheld. You actually had to make a physical change on the collar. That collar was also incredibly expensive. You were paying a lot more money for a system that had stimulation and a built in bark collar but it was cheaper to buy a decent bark collar and a decent remote training system.
CON: Dogs that ChewThe first issue is that many folks use bark collars when their dogs are around other dogs. That's not a big deal unless you have a dog that likes to chew -- and just so you know -- ALL dogs like to chew. I never like to leave an e-collar on an unsupervised dog since they tend to be more expensive than your average bark collar. With the DELTA SPORT XC collar that really isn't the case. A replacement collar will run you $119.99. While that's more expensive than the average bark collar (79.99 to $99.99), it's not an insane difference. All that said, keep this in mind if you leave the bark collar on your dog.
WHICH DELTA XC DO YOU CHOOSE?While the DELTA XC units are in the same family, there are several differences that will make picking between them easy.
What is the same?
What is different?
PRICE -- The DELTA SPORT XC is $219.99. The DELTA XC is $169.99. The DELTA UPLAND XC is $299.99.
BARK -- The DELTA SPORT XC and UPLAND XC have the Bark Collar -- the DELTA XC does not.
RANGE -- The DELTA SPORT XC and UPLAND XC range is a 3/4 mile (1320 yards) while the DELTA XC range is 1/2 mile (880 yards).
STIM LEVELS -- The DELTA SPORT XC the the same 18 levels but you can split those levels into a low and a high giving you a total of 36 levels. The DELTA XC only has 18 levels of continuous and momentary stimulation. The DELTA UPLAND XC has 18 levels of continuous and 36 levels of momentary stimulation.
BUTTON CONFIGURATIONS -- The DELTA XC has 3 different button configurations. The DELTA SPORT XC and UPLAND XC have 2 additional button configurations. These two setups allow you to have a low stim level and a high stim level. This takes the 18 levels and splits it into 36 levels (18 continuous and 36 momentary on the DELTA UPLAND XC). While the bottom level and the top level are the same, this gives you more levels in between. Perfect for even the most sensitive dog.
BEEPER -- The DELTA UPLAND XC includes a remote beeper locator. The DELTA XC and DELTA SPORT XC do not.
Everything else is the same. So which one do you buy?