Summary: The now-discontinued ARVA Axis was the
little brother to the ARVA
Pro W (aka Link). This followed the trend of the
Tour (the little brother to the
Element (the little brother to the
Pulse). I own, but have not fully tested, the Axis.
(Don't confuse the ARVA Axis
which was released in 2011 and discontinued in 2013 with
3Axes which was discontinued
The easiest way to describe the Axis it so say that it
is identical to the ARVA Pro W
with these exceptions:
- When searching, the Axis can point in 5 different
directions while the Pro W has a freely-floating
arrow that is based on a compass.
- When searching for
the Axis always takes you to the nearest victim whereas
the Pro W allows you to select from a list of victims.
And the Pro W allows you to "unmark"
a specific victim whereas the Axis requires you to toggle
between search and send modes to unmark all victims.
(The Pro W's additional options do add a little
- The Pro W, but not the Axis, uses data that
is transmitted on the "w-link" frequency by
the Pro W or Mammut Pulse to improve marking when
searching for multiple transmitters.
- The Axis has a neoprene case with thin harness straps
while the Pro W is stored in a large, semi-rigid
holster with a wide shoulder strap.
- The Axis is white with black "bumpers" on the housing
whereas the Pro W is white with gray bumpers (the
Pro W's predecessor, the Link, was all black).
- The Axis was priced $90.00us less than the Pro W.
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Using the big-brother little-brother analogy, it's notable
that ARVA chose to keep many more features in their little
brother (i.e., the Axis) than Mammut and Pieps chose to
keep in the Element and Tour. For example:
- The Axis can be toggled between analog and digital
modes whereas the Element gave up this feature from
its big brother.
- The Axis retains two buttons whereas the Element
and Tour eliminated one of their buttons.
- The Axis (and Tour) retained its lighted display
whereas the Element gave up this feature.
- The Axis senses motion before
reverting from searching
to sending whereas the Element gave up this feature.
The Axis also lets you specify how many minutes must
elapse before it auto reverts whereas this feature is
found in the Pulse but not the Element.
- The Axis retained its earphone jack whereas the
- The Axis retained the ability to customize its startup
screen whereas the Element didn't.
Many of the features that were retained in the Axis,
such as the customizable startup screen, the lighted display,
and the earphone jack, add benefit without adding any complexity.
Even the ability to toggle to analog (by pressing and holding
both buttons) adds significant power yet can be completely
ignored. The one feature that was retained in the Axis and
which does add a complexity is the two side-buttons. Whereas
the Mammut Element and the Pieps Tour have one off/send/search
switch and one "mark" button, the Axis has an
on/off button, a search switch (with an "Enter"
button in the center of the switch), and two side-buttons.
It's easy enough to learn how to use the Axis, but it isn't
quite as easy as the Element and Tour. The trade-off is
that the Axis does include more features (the most notable
being the ability to toggle to analog mode).