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Avalanche Airbags

12:38 p.m. on March 19, 2013 (EDT)
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Seems that a lot of what is being advertised is a bit misleading.

http://www.adventure-journal.com/2013/03/the-truth-about-airbags-and-avalanche-survival/

4:55 p.m. on March 19, 2013 (EDT)
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he's saying its more like over 50%. better than nothing. still, you wouldn't catch me dead in those areas. I'm a fairweather hiker. I find I survive better that way.

9:02 p.m. on March 19, 2013 (EDT)
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Avy airbags are a great safety item, upping your chances of survival in an avalanche significantly. Anything that does that I'm for. That's why I also carry an Avalung.

BUT... they can't save you from getting strained thru trees and boulders or going over cliffs.

6:06 p.m. on March 20, 2013 (EDT)
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We argued this one before but they do seem to save lives. Hopefully it doesn't make people ski things that they know they shouldn't.

4:16 a.m. on March 22, 2013 (EDT)
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Speed equals safety in sketchy snow terrain. 

The avy bag systems are bulky and not light.  They represent a significant additional payload to haul.  I would rather re-route than venture into terrain where such a device could be justified.  And in any case if I had to travel through such terrain, I would not want the likes and weight of this kit slowing my passage.  IMO they are impractical for anything longer than a day trip, as you can't carry much additional gear besides perhaps a lunch and parka.  I cannot see taking one on my back country ski trips.  I think these things are made for the heli ski crowd.

Ed

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