Arva Neo Pro




The Neo Pro is Arva’s latest offering, blending all the most essential features that snow industry professionals demand into an easy to use and time-tested housing. The Digital Signal Processing combined with a 70m search strip width makes finding the victim as easy as possible. To keep things as straight forward as possible, the screen is backlit and the switch between send and search is as reliable as it is simple. For peace of mind, Auto-Test allows you to run diagnostic on all the main functions to ensure your device is working properly. New for this season, the Neo now has an Analog mode to maximize range capability. The soft holster included keeps the transceiver stable and accessible all day long. The Neo has been our favourite beacon for years and the new Pro has even more to offer.

Specifications & Features:

  • Weight: 240g
  • 70m Search Strip Width
  • Holster Included
  • GROUP CHECK mode tests transmit frequency and power.
  • Marking Function to identify burial victims already located.
  • Multiple Burial Indicator displays a “+” when more than 3 victims.
  • 3 Antennas to improve chances of finding a signal and for greater precision during the fine search.
  • Digital Signal Processing guides rescuer more efficiently towards the burial zone.
  • Auto-Test lets the device run a diagnostic to verify that all main functionalities are working properly.
  • Backlit Screen provides great contrast in any conditions or lighting.
  • Automatic Revert-to-Transmit Mode via movement sensor in case of a secondary avalanche
  • Interference Management lets the user adjust the search technique in an area with considerable signal interference.
  • U-Turn Alarm lets the rescuer know they are heading in the wrong direction.
  • Standby Mode allows the user to keep their device switched on while shovelling.
  • Analog Mode to take full advantage of the main antenna’s maximum range
  • Scroll Function to select the burial victim to search for.

These are the pieces of equipment that you’re trusting to save your life. Choose them confidently by reading our buying guide.

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These are the pieces of equipment that you’re trusting to save your life. Choose them confidently by reading our buying guide.

Transceivers or beacons are a necessity in the backcountry, and even something you should carry in some areas in-bounds. While all transceivers achieve a similar goal, they all have different specifications and abilities. Below are some of the following features you might consider before deciding what model is best for you.

  • Three antenna transceivers have better readings and more direct routing than older, single antenna beacons by taking signals from all axis. You will find nearly all beacons are three antenna now as it is the new standard.
  • Bandwidth is different with every transceiver. Choose a transceiver that has the best bandwidth as this will make starting your search quicker.
  • Marking functions allow you to mark someone off once they have been located so that you can continue your search for other victims while someone else digs them out.
  • Multiple buried indication shows you how many people are buried. Some transceivers have a higher capacity for how many people they can locate at one time.
  • Updateable software gives you the capability to keep up with the latest revisions to software, as well as getting rid of any bugs if problems arise.
  • Group check makes it easy to check that everyone’s beacons are working before heading off for the day.

Shovels are often put down low on the hierarchy of gear, but when it comes down to the crunch having a shovel that you can move large amounts of snow can make all the difference in a rescue. Here’s a few things to consider when buying one

Collapsible vs Non-Collapsible

Most shovels now have an extendable shaft. Trying to move snow quickly and efficiently with a shorter shaft can be hard work. Choose a shovel that can extend in order to get better leverage and dig quicker.


Most shovels are aluminum which is relatively lightweight and cuts through the snow easily. Plastic shovels can sometimes be lighter, but are more prone to deflection and cracking. If you are trying to go lightweight, make sure the shovel can still perform like it needs to in emergency situations.


Many shovels have multiple functions now. Some will offer an axe function, allowing you to chop up harder snow to dig through it quicker. Some shovels also come with a stowed snow saw. This saves you space in your pack and keeps you at the ready.

Probes are a very basic piece of equipment, yet they can be crucial to performing a rescue in time. These are some of the things to consider when purchasing a probe.


Probes come in a range of lengths with 2.40m and 2.80m being the most common. For New Zealand, a 2.40m probe can often suffice. Our snowfall totals are far less than some places causing the depth of a buried victim to be relatively lower. If you are touring overseas in places with high snowfall, a 2.80m is necessary in order to reach deeper burials.


Most probes are made from aluminum. It has a great weight to strength ratio without being too costly. If you are looking to save a bit of weight consider a carbon probe. These are offered in all lengths and typically are a bit lighter.

Locking Mechanism

All collapsible probes have some sort of mechanism to lock them off when extended. Choose a system that is easy to use and can be done quickly in a rushed/stressful situation.

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