The power and intensity of avalanches is hard to put in words. No one wants to be caught in one but if it unfortunately does happen, you can be prepared. The Patrol 24 ABS Avalanche Airbag Backpack features two Nitrogen-inflated bags that can be deployed with a rip cord. The idea is that while the avalanche is actually happening, it has much the same properties as a liquid. But once it stops, the snow becomes compacted and if you’re trapped underneath, is sure to asphyxiate you. So you want to do your best to stay afloat so that you’re near the surface when everything ends. That’s why the airbags could save you. Of course it does nothing to prevent you from getting crushed by a felled tree or a rock, but you can try to put the odds on your side.
The system isn’t cheap however, clocking in at an impressive $1,179. Of course at that price, you do get an actual backpack, not just the safety system. But still, you bette be one serious mountain hiker if you’re going to splurge on that.
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