This is the North Face’s Patrol 24 ABS Avalanche Airbag Pack.
Why We Love It: If you’re going backpacking, skiing, or snowboarding in the backcountry, this is the bag for you. Avalanche deaths are particularly terrifying because they can occur on any slope, and though the per cent of people who die in avalanches is relatively low (284 people have died in avalanches in the United States over the past 10 winters), that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared.
The Patrol Avalanche Airbag Pack has a 95% success rate in real-world use, and uses compressed nitrogen to inflate 2 large airbags to keep wearers on the surface of an avalanche. Simply pull the handle on the left shoulder for quick deployment.
Where To Buy: Available through REI.
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