Avalanche Airbag Backpack

Pull the rip-cord on this backpack and a single–chamber, 150–liter airbag inflates instantly to help keep you safer in an avalanche. According to the company, the Float 30 pack can help prevent burial in a snow slide as well as protect the head, neck and upper body with its instantly-inflated cushioned mass.

The airbag system, which is reusable, is integrated into a ski-specific pack that weighs about 7.5 pounds when empty. In the worst case scenario, a braided steel cable with a plastic trigger handle serves as an emergency rip-cord to inflate the bag — and potentially save your life. $499, www.backcountryaccess.com

—Stephen Regenold

This product is a part of a series from a “Winter Gear Roundup” article highlighted on Gear Junkie and an accompanying column on Outside magazine this week. See all the featured products below.


Stephen Regenold

Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.