Category Archive: Avalanche

Sep 25 2017

Arva Reactor 32/40 liter airbag packs

Arva's Reactor 32 airbag pack

Arva has done a good job of balancing opposing goals with their Reactor avalanche safety packs. They provide ample touring utility while minimizing the weight of the airbag plumbing. The ingredients are a text book example of how to synthesize the best features currently available for cartridge systems: inert gas, a mechanical trigger for simplicity …

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Jan 08 2016

Airbag Pack Overview for 2017

Voltair blows up big, packs down easy.

This is a quick roundup of new avalanche airbag packs coming our way for the 16/17 ski season. As of today, these are the only packs I’ve actually seen. More to be added later, so check back in a week for a longer list of new or significant changes. Arc’teryx Tongues have been wagging for …

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Nov 18 2015

PR: AvaTech launches crowd sourced AvaNet

Logging an observation from a mobile app.

Editors Note: The following press release comes from Backbone Media, Avatech’s public relations firm. Ordinarily I’d rewrite the information a bit, but this is a fairly straight forward announcement of a software platform that has the potential to dramatically improve the understanding of the snowpack in regions that we like to ski. The key to …

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Aug 18 2015

Review: BCA’s Tracker 3 avalanche transceiver

Tracker 3. Lighter than Tracker 2, easier for two victims, but don't expect miracles beyond that.

  In case you hadn’t noticed, there hasn’t been any earth shattering news in the world of avalanche transceivers lately. By and large, the revolution in digital processing and multiple antenna technology begot by Backcountry Access’ original Tracker DTS appears to have run its course. In the last five years, most of the improvements to …

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Aug 12 2015

Redux: Ortovox recalls S1+ (again!)

Ortovox S1+

While cruising the recent Outdoor Retailer Summer trade show, Ortovox reps asked me to remind S1+ users to observe the ongoing recall and the need to send their beacon in to be fixed. Based on results so far, very few actual customers have returned their S1+ beacons to be fixed. All the S1+ beacons pending …

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Aug 10 2015

Notes from Outdoor Retailer Summer 2015

Front door to the candy store for outdoor aficionados.

  Another Summer Outdoor Retailer show has come and gone. For the second year in a row it was not sweltering hot in Salt Lake City during the first week of August. Whew. As a backcountry skier there isn’t much product to be dazzled by at the summer show, but there’s always stuff worth checking …

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Jul 09 2015

BD recalls first year JetForce® packs

BD's Halo28 JetForce airbag pack

A voluntary recall has been announced by Black Diamond, Inc. of all first generation JetForce® avalanche safety airbag packs sold under the Black Diamond, Pieps, and POC brand names. According to a letter by Peter Metcalf, the CEO, President and Founder of Black Diamond Equipment, the recall affects all packs using BD’s JetForce® technology sold …

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