The North Face Patrol Avalanche Airbag Backpack

The North Face Patrol Avalanche Airbag Backpack

Let’s be honest. Avalanches are about the most terrifying thing that can happen to a person when you’re skiing out in the backcountry. Sure, you could pack a shovel and attempt to dig yourself out of hundreds of pounds of snow buried on top of you, or you could simply avoid being buried alive in the first place because you were savvy enough to pull the ripcord on your North Face Patrol Avalanche Airbag Backpack.

Featuring the industry’s most trusted technology for preventing burial in an avalanche, the North Face Patrol’s ABS system utilizes a user-activated compressed Nitrogen gas canister to inflate two integrated, high-volume airbags. These airbag buoys keep you on the surface of the avalanche and speed rescue due to their obnoxious (but lifesaving) visibility. Let’s just say you’re not going to want to deploy these bad boys in the ski lodge after a few hot toddies. Touting a 95% success rate in real-world use, The North Face Patrol ABS Avalanche Airbag System is proven to significantly increase your safety margin in the backcountry.

In addition to the lifesaving ABS system, the avalanche pack features a snow-shedding backpanel material to prevent build-up of snow and ice, a proprietary metal hipbelt buckle for superior breaking resistance during an avalanche, a handy, simple, stable, and athlete-tested tuck-away ski/board carry, and a huge avalanche tools pocket with organization sleeves and a backcountry essentials checklist. Combine all of these avalanche-focused features with the standard set of North Face essentials, including internal pockets for gear organization, dual hipbelt pockets, reinforced high-abrasion zones on the pack face, and a safety whistle located on the chest buckle, and you have the ultimate daypack for your backcountry ski adventures.

There’s a reason Xavier Le Rue (an avalanche survivor and North Face team member) demanded that The North Face develop this product. The North Face Patrol Avalanche Airbag Backpack is groundbreaking and functional technology that can save lives. And there’s always that tempting rip cord, right there on your left shoulder, should you ever find yourself in a hairy avalanche situation (or the ski lodge, if it’s one of those nights).

$1,179

 

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