Snow and Avalanche Center 2012 Avalanche News

Ortovox To Create Avalanche Backpacks For 2013
Wed, Feb 8 2012 9:16 am

Ortovox Backpacks announced today the addition of avalanche backpacks to its collection of emergency equipment, set to debut in 2013. The company, manufacturers of snow safety equipment, has entered a licensing partnership in order to use the abs-inside system for its backpacks.

ORTOVOX BACKPACKS have been an industry leader in the winter sports scene for 27 YEARS and are characterized by their OPTIMUM QUALITY, FUNCTIONAL DESIGN and FOCUS ON SAFETY.

The new licensing agreement enables Munich-based ORTOVOX to integrate the ABS system into their own backpacks, further developing safety concepts with an eye on comfort and fit.

In the event of an avalanche, the ABS SYSTEM helps improve ACTIVE AVALANCHE SAFETY through the activation of the deployment handle installed on the backpack carrier system. A pressurized cartridge is pierced and gas escapes, inflating two integrated airbags in a matter of seconds. Although the airbags cannot prevent victims from being swept along by the avalanche, they help keep them on top of the snow and preventing death by suffocation, the main cause of death in avalanche accidents.

“For more than a quarter century of backpack construction, many innovations can be traced back to us,” said Christian Schneidermeier, President of ORTOVOX. “Standards like a safety compartment that allows fast access to emergency equipment or access to the main compartment via the back system were established by ORTOVOX. Today, our backpacks stand for the highest level of quality, innovative details, functionality and unique design, based on a wealth of experience.

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