With some of the best numbers for range and search band width in the business and a 100% digital display for easy use, the Arva Neo Avalanche Beacon is an intuitive top-performer which will impress backcountry veterans and neophytes alike. Featuring Arva's Isotech Technology, a multiple victim marking function, bright screen technology for clear visibility in any light conditions, and an automatically timed revert to transmit mode function in case of a secondary avalanche, the Neo is always ready for the worst.
100% Digital Display
Bright screen technology
Maximum Range 70 meters
Search Band Width 60 meters
Frequency 457 kHz international standard
Marking function for multiple burial situations
Multiple victims icon 1, 2, 3, 4 and + victims
Automatic switch back to transmit mode with timer
Functions Primary Search, Secondary Search, Final Search, Victim List
3 AAA / LR03 alkaline batteries
Battery Life 250 Hrs. (Transmitting) / 40 Hrs. (Receiving)
Clip & safe holster
Dimensions 120 x 73 x 20 mm
Weight 230 grams
Isotech Technology Most modern beacons have three receiving antennas, with two of them being used simultaneously in the primary search. Most of the time, the 2nd antenna's performance is less than that of the primary, affecting the search band width. The Neo is the first beacon to equalize performance of both antennas and consequently is the first beacon to achieve a 60 meter wide search band width.
Beacons Require Training Wearing an avalanche beacon is no guarantee of safety in avalanche terrain. We recommend that backcountry travelers take an AIARE Level One class or the equivalent, and practice the skills they learn there regularly with their partners.
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Comments about Arva Neo Avalanche Beacon:
Getting into backcountry skiing, got a pair for my wife and I because of the claimed range. At our AIARE course the instructor moved the group out of typical beacon range so we'd have to do the initial signal search, I went first and already had a good signal before I started walking. It took me straight to the buried beacon, and the instructor was like "Man, what kind of beacon is that? You had the signal all the way over there". Also, fine search graphic and pitch changes are very intuitive. Only possible down side is that the on/off switch is a removable key that also serves as the second attachment point for the shoulder strap. On one hand if you lost that piece you couldn't turn the beacon on, but on the other hand you can't attach the shoulder strap without turning the beacon on, and the key's fit is so tight that there is essentially zero chance that it could come out or turn off accidentally. If you don't like that arrangement it's simple to rearrange the straps (which I did) so that didn't affect my overall rating. Can't comment on durability directly, but seems solidly build.