Avalanche Safety

Category

Avalanche Beacons
Probes
Shovels
Avalanche Airbag Packs
Snow Study
Snow Saws

Brand

Voile
Brooks-Range
Ortovox
Backcountry Access
Life-Link
Mammut
Pieps
SnowClaw
Arva
G3

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Price

less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 - $299.99
$300 - $399.99
$400 - $499.99
$500 and above

Recent Avalanche Safety Device Reviews

Black Diamond Saga 40 Jetforce Avalanche Airbag Pack

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great high end avalanche backpack that can be deployed multiple times. Best for single to multi-day backcountry expeditions and ski tours in alpine, medium to high risk conditions. If you only do a few days a year in these conditions, renting may be a more rational option. Excellent fit and carrying system for an avalanche pack. I'm a longer dude and got the M/L version. The hip belt has a metal buckle and is comfortable during longer ski tours. The volume is not accurate. It can probably hold around… Full review

Black Diamond Tele Lynx

rated 4 of 5 stars This is a very good stout snow shovel design that would be great in the backcountry for digging a snow cave or pit, or helping dig a buddy out after an avalanche. I have had this Black Diamond Tele Lynx backcountry shovel for at least ten years and have found it to be a solid design that has never let me down. A shovel is not a piece of gear that most people get too excited about, but if you go into the backcountry where you need to be carrying a shovel it is one of the most important pieces of… Full review

Ortovox 240 HD PFA

rated 3.5 of 5 stars This is a good stiff avalanche probe that has all the basic features you would expect in a backcountry avalanche probe. I have had the Ortovox 240 HD PFA avalanche probe for several years and carry it whenever I go into the backcountry here in the Cascades when avalanche conditions are present. The basic probe is 240 cm long (94.5 inches), 13 mm in diameter (.51 inches) and it weighs 12.5 ounces. The probe comes with a nylon case that has a unique closure system. The closure system is opened by… Full review

Pieps DSP Sport

rated 2 of 5 stars This beacon worked amazing for my first few tests and practices. Intuitive arrows, large screen, the beacon itself feels manufactured of high grade plastic. In my fourth practice session the safety leash broke out of the housing. This is a serious safety concern. A lost beacon could result in a lost life. Full review

Black Diamond Halo 28 JetForce Avalanche Airbag Pack

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A great evolution on the airbag concept with terrific selection of features. So I got to take this pack out for a spin the other day on a Ski Mountaineering objective. It was a pretty short day and we didn't get into any terrain that we felt was particularly risky, so I never felt the need for its key feature. The pack is accurate to the rest of the BD M/L sizing. It's surprising comfortable, and breathable for a winter pack. I certainly found it rather enjoyable to wear. The bag is burly, and feels… Full review

SnowClaw Guide

rated 5 of 5 stars It's easy to carry. It does work. I had two, gave one to another rescue worker. I like it very much. No problems, easy to carry, almost forget it's in my pack, but when I need it it makes any digging much quicker. Full review

SnowClaw Guide

rated 5 of 5 stars I find the Snow Claw an essential item for backcountry snow play. I am going to disagree with it not being an effective avalanche rescue tool. I researched these long and hard before buying one. Some rescue crews report having tested them directly against standard $75 portal avalanche shovels. They were in fact surprised to find them more durable, faster at moving snow, and easier to carry. Furthermore they were found to be the superior tool at getting cars and trucks dug out of snow banks. Typical… Full review

SnowClaw Guide

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A great must-have tool, for snow travelers of every kind. When I started doing a little bit of front and back country snowshoeing several years ago, I saw this and thought it would be a great thing to have. And for twenty bucks, why not?? It is a very easy to use "shovel," and moves a fair amount of snow easily and quickly. It is effective in most snow conditions, except for really icy situations. I have had it since they first came out, and it is still in like-new condition.  I especially like… Full review

Mammut Probe 320 Fast Lock

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Sturdy probe with quick lock. The Mammut 320 Fast Lock avalanche probe feels very strong (13mm diameter) and is operable with gloves. The measurements on the side are easy to read. I haven't had a chance to use it in the field yet, but so far I like it more than the older Black Diamond Quickdraw that I used last winter as there are no pinch points. (Although it looks like the new BD's have a similar style to this Mammut) My first concern was hoping the locking mechanism and cable hold up. The inner… Full review

Top-Rated Avalanche Safety

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Voile Two Sided Pop-Pin Snow Shovel
$2
Brooks-Range Snow Grid Card Snow Study Device
$5
Ortovox 320+ Steel Pro PFA Avalanche Probe
$7 - $75
Backcountry Access Ruler Snow Study Device
$7
Brooks-Range Snow Crystal Card Snow Study Device
$8
Backcountry Access Float Cylinder Refill Kit
$8
Backcountry Access Aluminum Crystal Card Snow Study Device
$8 - $12
Backcountry Access Lexan Crystal Card Snow Study Device
$10 MSRP
Brooks-Range Folding Magnifier X10 Snow Study Device
$10 MSRP
Backcountry Access Magnifying Loupe Snow Study Device
$16 - $19
Life-Link Himalayan Snow Shovel
$11
Mammut Airbag 3.0 Trigger Test Tool
$11 - $12
Brooks-Range Snow Crystal Card Pro Snow Study Device
$12 MSRP
Mammut RAS Refill Kit Avalanche Airbag Pack
$15
Brooks-Range Slope Meter Snow Study Device
$16
Pieps Checker Avalanche Beacon
$18
Brooks-Range Rutschblock Cord Snow Study Device
$20
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
SnowClaw Guide Snow Shovel
$20
Backcountry Access Digital Thermometer Snow Study Device
$34
Arva Snow Eco Snow Shovel
$21
G3 Rutschblock Cord Avalanche Probe
$23
Backcountry Access Analog Thermometer Snow Study Device
$24 - $34
Brooks-Range Digital Thermometer Snow Study Device
$25 MSRP
Backcountry Access Slope Meter Snow Study Device
$25 - $29
Backcountry Access Snow Saw Snow Saw
$25 - $34
Arva Ovo Compact Shovel Snow Shovel
$26
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Voile Mini Shovel Snow Shovel
$30
DaKine SC Shovel Snow Shovel
$30
Ortovox 200 Economic Avalanche Probe
$31
Arva Light Probe Avalanche Probe
$31 - $49
Arva Ovo Compact TS Shovel Snow Shovel
$33
Ortovox 240 Economic Avalanche Probe
$34
ABS Powder Zip-On 5 Avalanche Airbag Pack
$34
Ortovox Economic II Snow Shovel
$34 MSRP
CAMP Alu Fix Snow Shovel
$35
Mammut Alugator Ride Snow Shovel
$35
Arva Mini Ovo Light Snow Shovel
$36
DaKine SC Probe Avalanche Probe
$36
Arva XPowder Avalanche Airbag Pack
$36
Backcountry Access Stealth 240 Avalanche Probe
$37 - $49
Backcountry Access B-1 EXT Snow Shovel
$37 - $49
CAMP Crest Snow Shovel Snow Shovel
$38
ABS Vario Ultralight 18 Avalanche Airbag Pack
$38 - $512
Voile Telepack Shovel Snow Shovel
$38
Voile Mini TelePro T6 Snow Shovel
$38
Arva Pro 2.40 Avalanche Probe
$38
Brooks-Range Hauler Snow Shovel
$38
Backcountry.com Backcountry 320 Avalanche Probe
$39
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
G3 AviTECH Snow Shovel
$39 - $53
CAMP Light Aluminum Avalanche Probe Avalanche Probe
$39
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