Could this save you in an avalanche?
16th July 2009
The so-called AvaJacket has airbags that open up to protect the head and a breathing system to supply oxygen if you are completely buried.
It’s been entered into the Dyson Design Awards, but as far as we know there have been no independent tests on the jacket.
The logic is simple. A skier or snowboarder takes the mouth piece out in a slide and that automatically inflates the airbags around the head and provides a supply of oxygen.
It apparently buys the person valuable extra time before rescuers reach the victim.
However, the best advice for surviving an avalanche we have at PlanetSKI is not to get caught in the first place.
You can do this by gaining first hand knowledge of how and why avalanches happen, ski off piste with extreme caution and using a fully qualified mountain guide when going off the marked runs.
Take a look at the manufacturers video on YouTube to see how it works.
However if the spelling is anything to go by (2 mistakes in the captions) then we would perhaps exercise caution. We’re not quite so sure about the superimposed dog barks at the end either…..
The AvaJacket is not yet commercially available though all developments in the off piste safety area are interesting and here at PlanetSKI we’ll be keeping an eye on it.
As always though we remain sceptical until it is proven otherwise.
For more information on the AvaJacket see here.