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

user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Deploy 3 reviewed Feb 12, 2019
$70 - $74
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Saga 40 Jetforce Avalanche Airbag Pack reviewed Mar 25, 2018
$875 - $1,249
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Tele Lynx reviewed Apr 4, 2017
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user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Ortovox 240 HD PFA reviewed Apr 1, 2017
$70
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Pieps DSP Sport reviewed Jan 4, 2017
$300
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Halo 28 JetForce Avalanche Airbag Pack reviewed Mar 18, 2016
$900 - $1,199
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
SnowClaw Guide reviewed Jan 8, 2016
$20
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mammut Probe 320 Fast Lock reviewed Dec 10, 2015
$60
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Backcountry Access Tracker DTS reviewed Nov 12, 2014
$290 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Voile Mini Shovel reviewed Dec 9, 2013
$40 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mammut Pulse Barryvox reviewed Jul 14, 2013
$490 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Backcountry Access Tracker 2 reviewed Jan 17, 2013
$214 - $285
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Lifeline Alum Sport Utility Shovel reviewed Jul 17, 2012
$20 - $24
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Voile TelePro Shovel reviewed Jun 5, 2011
$40 MSRP
Brooks-Range Pocket Snow Density Gauge 100 reviewed Oct 13, 2010
$49 MSRP
Brooks-Range Scientist 35 Folding Snow Saw reviewed Sep 28, 2010
$60 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Backcountry Access A1 Shovel and Saw reviewed Jan 5, 2010
$80 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Life-Link Pit Boss reviewed Oct 7, 2009
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Backcountry Access Traverse EXT reviewed Apr 11, 2009
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
SnowClaw Pro reviewed Mar 4, 2009
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Life-Link Snow Saw reviewed Dec 26, 2008
$50 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Voile TelePro Shovel w/Snow Saw reviewed Dec 26, 2008
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ortovox D1 Doggy Transmitter reviewed Sep 25, 2008
user rating: 0 of 5 (1)
Ortovox Professional Alu reviewed Mar 12, 2008
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Ortovox D3 reviewed Jan 10, 2008
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ortovox S1 reviewed Oct 4, 2007
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
G3 AviTECH reviewed May 15, 2007
$72 MSRP
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Transfer 7 reviewed May 15, 2007
$50 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Glock E-Tool reviewed Jan 26, 2007
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Life-Link 3D reviewed Nov 1, 2006
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Backcountry Access Float 32 Avalanche Airbag Pack
$467 - $549
Black Diamond BD/PIEPS Sport Avy Safety Set Beacon / Shovel / Probe
$400
Backcountry Access Lexan Crystal Card Snow Study
$9 - $12
MSR Striker Avalanche Probe Probe
$60 - $69
Ortovox Pocket Spike
$60
Mammut Airbag 3.0 Trigger Test Tool
$7
Backcountry Access Stealth 240 Probe
$50
Mammut Ride Short Removable Airbag Avalanche Airbag Pack
$160
MSR Beta Snow Saw
$45 - $59
Black Diamond AvaLung Element
$100
Voile Telepack Shovel Shovel
$34
Backcountry Access Float 12 2.0 Avalanche Airbag Pack
$400 - $449
Pieps TX 600 Dog Collar
$20
Black Diamond Snow Saw Pro Snow Saw
$100
Backcountry Access Tracker 3 Beacon
$335
Black Diamond Evac Shovel Shovel
$60 - $99
Backcountry Access Float 2.0 Cylinder
$200
Backcountry Access Float 22 Avalanche Airbag Pack
$375 - $499
Ortovox Avabag Unit Avalanche Airbag Pack
$530
Black Diamond Recon BT Avalanche Beacon Beacon
$272 - $339
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