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Old 04-18-2011, 01:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Guy caught in Avi saved by airbag.

Avalanche, from Different Perspectives on Vimeo

Pretty cool piece of equipment.
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Old 04-18-2011, 01:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Very good use of equipment.
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Old 04-18-2011, 01:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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wow... glad he had his equipment... the avalung and bag definitely paid for themselves
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Old 04-18-2011, 02:09 PM   #4 (permalink)
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pretty amazing video... props to GoPro and ContourHD for making these cams so people can see these incidents like we never could before...

avalungs are only about $130... super lightweight... should be common sense for anyone who spends any real time out there.

bummer is the packs are like $700 and up... the sick ones are from Snowpulse and are $1100... i want one badly, but that is alot of cheese.
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Old 04-18-2011, 02:35 PM   #5 (permalink)
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bummer is the packs are like $700 and up... the sick ones are from Snowpulse and are $1100... i want one badly, but that is alot of cheese.
It is a lot of money. On the flip side, I bet you'd be willing to spend $10k on one the second you find yourself in a large avalanche...

Hopefully the prices will come down. No doubt airbags work and work well. This is the third video in a month I've seen where an airbag has been deployed and the rider has come out virtually unscathed.
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Old 04-18-2011, 02:53 PM   #6 (permalink)
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It is a lot of money. On the flip side, I bet you'd be willing to spend $10k on one the second you find yourself in a large avalanche...

Hopefully the prices will come down. No doubt airbags work and work well. This is the third video in a month I've seen where an airbag has been deployed and the rider has come out virtually unscathed.
you'll get NO argument from me.... i wasnt saying that its too much for me to pay... its just that that its enough $$ to have to plan for or consciously save - for me at least. just like buying an NS split... had to plan/budget for it...

as opposed to the avalung that I just bought with the $ that was in my pocket when I was at the climbing shop... or the BD outlaw pack, or any other avy essentials besides my beacons... that's all I was getting at - it makes it less accessible to a lot of people, thats all.

but I can certainly appreciate the tech that goes into these things, as well as the supply and demand curve for them. And there is no doubt you're gonna want all the help you can get if you get in the shit....

next season, sled and Snowpulse Lifebag 30l
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here's another one.. the guy also recounts where he made his mistakes in the video
Avalanche Accident in Engelberg | Biglines.Com
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Yeah shred I agree you have to budget for it. I haven't bought one either for the same reasons you allude too. I also realize that if I get caught in the moment I'd probably be pretty willing to pay whatever the cost to have one right then.

There is more to it than that. There is also a significant weight penalty with those packs. Though the BCA Float 40 for next season looks like a pretty well designed bag. I know at some point I am going to get one. Especially with all these videos of people being saved by the airbag. Most of the avalanches, including this one would have probably meant death. Quickly dug out or not.
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yea cuz ummmmm..... your snow is way more unstable out there good buddy
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Yeah, but all these videos of airbags saving a persons ass have been from maritime climates as of late!

It is super sketch out here, no arguments from me.
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