Avalanche Safety

Recent Avalanche Safety Device Reviews

Black Diamond Deploy 3

rated 4 of 5 stars It's a great portable collapsing aluminum snow shovel, that definitely more than pulls its own weight, while still being very robust and easy to use. Advertised primarily as a lightweight avalanche rescue shovel, it also functions very well for a winter camping, shelter building, and as an emergency backup in a motorized vehicle. Would definently recommend, especially for those looking for an extremely light and compact shovel for backcountry use. Included in this review is a short video of me constructing… Full review

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

Pieps C 720 Shovel added Jun 10, 2019
$85
Mammut Rocker Removable Airbag 3.0 added Jun 4, 2019
Ortovox Avabag Unit added Jun 3, 2019
$530
Backcountry Access Float 22 2.0 added Jun 3, 2019
$500
DaKine Team Poacher RAS 26L added Jun 3, 2019
$210 - $264
Pieps iProbe II added Mar 29, 2019
$155 - $249
Ortovox Free Rider 20 S Avabag added Mar 28, 2019
$576
Pieps C 660 Shovel added Mar 18, 2019
$80
Ortovox Cross Rider 18 Avabag added Mar 14, 2019
$413
Ortovox Free Rider 22 Avabag added Mar 14, 2019
$720
Ortovox Ascent 40 Avabag added Mar 14, 2019
Snowpulse Highmark Pro 3.0 PAS added Mar 14, 2019
Ortovox Ascent 22 Avabag added Mar 14, 2019
Mammut Light Protection Airbag 3.0 added Jan 24, 2019
$172 - $584
Mammut Flip Removable Airbag 3.0 added Jan 24, 2019
Mammut Light Removable Airbag 3.0 added Jan 24, 2019
Black Diamond Recon BT Avalanche Beacon added Jan 16, 2019
$255 - $339
Black Diamond Guide BT Avy Safety Set added Jan 16, 2019
$412 - $549
Black Diamond Guide BT Avalanche Beacon added Jan 16, 2019
$337 - $449
Black Diamond Jetforce Tour 26 Airbag Pack added Jan 16, 2019
Backcountry Access Float 12 2.0 added Jan 10, 2019
$400 - $449
Arva Airbag Reactor 24 added Jan 10, 2019
$487 - $649
Backcountry Access Float 32 2.0 added Jan 10, 2019
$522
Black Diamond JetForce Tour 26 Avalanche Airbag Pack added Jan 10, 2019
$1,200
Backcountry Access Float 27 Speed 2.0 added Jan 10, 2019
$550
Black Diamond Recon BT Avy Safety Set added Jan 10, 2019
$420
Backcountry Access Float 17 Speed 2.0 added Jan 10, 2019
Arva Airbag Reactor 40 added Jan 10, 2019
Backcountry Access Float 2.0 Cylinder added Oct 5, 2018
$200
Arva Airbag Reactor 15 Ultralight added Oct 5, 2018
$455
Black Diamond QuickDraw Carbon Probe 240 added Oct 5, 2018
$90
Arva Airbag Reactor 18 added Oct 5, 2018
$393 - $449
Backcountry Access Stealth 330 added Oct 5, 2018
$80
Arva Axio added Oct 5, 2018
$376 - $469
Backcountry Access Shaxe Speed Avalanche Shovel added Oct 5, 2018
$150
Arva Airbag Reactor 32 added Oct 5, 2018
$700
Backcountry Access Shaxe Tech Avalanche Shovel added Oct 5, 2018
$180
Backcountry Access Float 27 Speed added Oct 5, 2018
$440 - $488
Arva Airbag Reactor 25 Ultralight added Oct 5, 2018
Arva Guard added Oct 5, 2018
Backcountry Access T3 Rescue Package added Oct 5, 2018
Arva Evo4 Pro added Oct 5, 2018
Arva Carbon 2.40 Compact added Oct 5, 2018
Arva Pro V2 added Oct 5, 2018
Pieps 30° Plus XT Electronic Inclinometer added Apr 12, 2018
$60 - $79
Brooks-Range Electronic Snow Density Gauge 250 added Mar 31, 2017
Black Diamond Flight 00 JetForce Avalanche Airbag Kit added Mar 9, 2017
$1,150
Mammut Airbag 3.0 Trigger Test Tool added Oct 14, 2016
$7
Ortovox Pocket Spike added Oct 7, 2016
$60
Mammut Light Removable 3.0 Airbag added Oct 2, 2016
$492
1 2  3  4  5 Next »