Avalanche Safety

The best avalanche safety, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on March 25, 2018. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Avalanche Safety Device Reviews

Black Diamond Saga 40 Jetforce Avalanche Airbag Pack

rated 0.5 of 5 stars A very expensive bag that lasted less than six weeks. Great components in an inferior bag. The pockets that held the components wore big holes in the fabric. The airbag is not transferable and Black Diamond did not uphold its warranty. Buy Arc'teryx for better quality. The components wore holes in the pockets where they were contained. I never put anything else in those pockets. Within six weeks huge holes appeared. I contacted Black Diamond who brushed it off as wear and tear. You cannot buy a… Full review

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

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
SnowClaw Guide Shovel
$20
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Voile TelePro Shovel Shovel
$48
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mammut Probe 320 Fast Lock Probe
$80
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Backcountry Access Tracker 2 Beacon
$256 - $379
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Halo 28 JetForce Avalanche Airbag Pack Avalanche Airbag Pack
$1,100 - $1,199
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Deploy 3 Shovel
$70
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Lifeline Alum Sport Utility Shovel Shovel
$20
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
G3 AviTECH Shovel
$69
Brooks-Range Scientist 35 Folding Snow Saw Snow Saw
$60
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Saga 40 Jetforce Avalanche Airbag Pack Avalanche Airbag Pack
$1,150 - $1,249
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Pieps DSP Sport Beacon
$300 - $319
Backcountry Access Float 32 Avalanche Airbag Pack
$550
Backcountry Access Lexan Crystal Card Snow Study
$12
MSR Striker Avalanche Probe Probe
$55 - $69
Backcountry Access RS EXT Shovel
$63 - $69
Ortovox Pocket Spike
$60
Mammut Airbag 3.0 Trigger Test Tool
$9 - $12
Backcountry Access Stealth 240 Probe
$50
Deuter Ontop ABS 20 Pack Avalanche Airbag Pack
$560
Arva Snow Plume Shovel
$75
MSR Beta Snow Saw
$60
Black Diamond AvaLung Element
$100
Voile Telepack Shovel Shovel
$48
Black Diamond Snow Saw Pro Snow Saw
$100
Backcountry Access Tracker 3 Beacon
$335
Black Diamond Evac Shovel Shovel
$80 - $99
Backcountry Access Float 2.0 Cylinder
$200
Backcountry Access Float 22 Avalanche Airbag Pack
$500
Black Diamond AvaLung II
$115
Black Diamond QuickDraw Tour Probe 240 Probe
$60
MSR Basecamp Snow Saw
$100
G3 Solid Probe Segment Probe
$32
G3 1 Button Shovel Snap Shovel
$4
Ortovox Snow Saw Snow Saw
$60
Backcountry Access Snow Saw Snow Saw
$34 - $55
Voile Tourlight Probe Probe
$49
G3 Solid Probe Tip Probe
$16
Arva Light Probe Probe
$50
Brooks-Range Compact EXT Shovel
$60
Komperdell Avalanche Shovel Expedition Shovel
$70
CAMP Alu Tele Shovel
$40
Deuter Ontop ABS 30 Avalanche Airbag Pack Avalanche Airbag Pack
$719
Black Diamond QuickDraw Tour Probe
$80
G3 BoneSaw Snow Saw
$64
Black Diamond Transfer 3 Shovel
$40 - $54
Voile XLM Shovel Shovel
$40
Black Diamond QuickDraw Tour Probe 320 Probe
$80
Mammut Alugator Guide Shovel
$80
Life-Link Himalayan Shovel
$11
Pieps Checker Beacon
$30
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