Avalanche Safety

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Recent Avalanche Safety Device Reviews

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

Backcountry Access Tracker DTS

rated 5 of 5 stars The best avalanche beacon I have used. This is the simplest, most functional avalanche beacon I have ever used. You can pull it out of the box with zero experience in using a beacon and feel like a pro within 5 minutes. On top of that, it's reasonably priced and easy to find. The harness is super easy to put on and is barely noticeable. The range is good. There's not much else to say — it's the ideal beacon. I love this thing. 100% recommended. [I am a PSIA certified Alpine and Telemark Instructor]… Full review

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ABS Activation Unit
ABS Escape 15 Avalanche Airbag Pack
ABS Escape 30 Avalanche Airbag Pack
ABS Freeride 10L Avalanche Airbag Pack
ABS Freeride 4L Avalanche Airbag Pack
ABS Powder 15 Backpack Avalanche Airbag Pack
ABS Powder 5 Backpack Avalanche Airbag Pack
ABS Powder Base Unit Avalanche Airbag Pack
ABS Powder Line 15 Backpack Avalanche Airbag Pack
ABS Powder Zip-On 15
$60
ABS Powder Zip-On 26
$66
ABS Powder Zip-On 5 Avalanche Airbag Pack
$34
ABS Powder Zip-On 8
$54
ABS Vario 15 Backpack Avalanche Airbag Pack
ABS Vario 25 Backpack Avalanche Airbag Pack
ABS Vario 30 Backpack Avalanche Airbag Pack
ABS Vario 40 Backpack Avalanche Airbag Pack
ABS Vario Base Unit Avalanche Airbag Pack
ABS Vario Silver Avalanche Airbag Pack
$500
ABS Vario Ultralight 18 Avalanche Airbag Pack
ABS Vario Ultralight 8 Avalanche Airbag Pack
ABS Vario Ultralight Zip-On 24
$66
ABS Vario Ultralight Zip-On 32
$84
ABS Vario Ultralight Zip-On 45+5
$97
 
ABS Zip-On SB 15 Avalanche Airbag Pack
 
ABS Zip-On SB 5 Avalanche Airbag Pack
ABS Zip-On Vario 15 Avalanche Airbag Pack
 
ABS Zip-On Vario 24 Avalanche Airbag Pack
$77
 
ABS Zip-On Vario 55 Avalanche Airbag Pack
ABS Zip-On Vario 8 Ultralight Avalanche Airbag Pack
Arc'teryx Voltair 20 Winter Pack / Avalanche Airbag Pack
$1,250
Arc'teryx Voltair 30 Winter Pack / Avalanche Airbag Pack
$1,300 - $1,680
 
Arva Access Shovel Snow Shovel
$40
Arva Beacon Holster Avalanche Beacon
$24
Arva Carbon 2.40 Light Avalanche Probe
 
Arva Evo 3+ Avalanche Transceiver Avalanche Beacon
$210
Arva Evo 4 Avalanche Beacon
$203
 
Arva Evo3 Holster
Arva Evo3+ Avalanche Beacon
Arva Light 240 Avalanche Probe
Arva Light Probe Avalanche Probe
Arva Mini Ovo Light Snow Shovel
Arva Neo Avalanche Beacon Avalanche Beacon
Arva Ovo Axe Snow Shovel
Arva Ovo Compact Shovel Snow Shovel
$26
Arva Ovo Compact TS Shovel Snow Shovel
$33
Arva Pro 2.40 Avalanche Probe
Arva Pro-W Avalanche Beacon
Arva Snow Eco Snow Shovel
Arva Snow Plume Snow Shovel
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