SAFER QUIVER

Skiing - - Front Page - THE FIRST SWAP­PABLE AIRBAG MOD­ULE.

With the new Mod­u­lar ABS pod, The North Face be­comes the first com­pany to de­velop an avalanche airbag sys­tem that can be at­tached to any pack, re­gard­less of size. A har­ness at­taches two airbags and a ni­tro­gen can­is­ter to your ex­ist­ing day- or multi-day pack, and the trig­ger can go on ei­ther shoul­der strap (good for sled skiers who use their right hands for the throt­tle). The ni­tro­gen can­is­ter can be dif­fi­cult to travel with and fill, and the bag de­sign doesn’t of­fer spe­cial head pro­tec­tion. How­ever, the dual sys­tem is re­dun­dant in case one bag fails, makes for bet­ter body po­si­tion­ing in a slide, and al­lows skiers the pe­riph­eral vi­sion af­ter de­ploy­ment to pos­si­bly aid in ski­ing out of the slide.

[4 lbs, 9 oz; $1,000; thenorth­face.com]

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