The ARVA Neo beacon has been the Gold Standard for us at Skimo Co. In our independent testing, it performed the best in terms of range and accuracy when it was introduced. ARVA designers could have easily rested on their laurels as the Neo is still a top performer. However, when the lives of real people are at stake, the French are not satisfied with “good enough.”
Incorporating new technological advancements, ARVA has evolved their star-beacon into the Neo+. The Plus has an even longer listed search-strip of 70+ meters, which ARVA measures conservatively relative to other brands. To ensure rescuer-safety the Neo+ has a motion sensor that switches the beacon back to SEND mode if the wearer stops moving. This means that you can be found if the hang-fire above suddenly slides on you while digging.
ARVA also took the opportunity to improve the ergonomics of the original Neo. A new harness allows the beacon to be carried in search mode, providing a safer means of handling once you have located the victim. This feature aids in keeping the beacon close to the user’s body in the event of a secondary slide. ARVA did away with the “lock and key” style on/off switch, and instead went to a fixed-switch that is permanently attached to the beacon.
The original Neo beacon was a great example of “simplicity is safety” when it comes to avalanche beacons. The Neo+ improves upon the original model while maintaining the simplicity that makes it so effective. With a spec sheet like this, you are sure to find this beacon in use by smart backcountry users for seasons to come.
|Number of Victims||4+|
|Battery Life||250 hours transmit, 40 hours search|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Bottom Line||Easy to use and phenomenal search range.|