If you are traveling in avalanche terrain you have got to carry the right gear and know how to use it. Avalanche airbags, or balloon packs, are growing in popularity and now considered by...
An avalanche airbag is a personal protection device. Much like a seat belt in a vehicle. Sometimes it saves a life, and sometimes it does not. There are many factors that dictate when these things can be effective.
Let’s set aside the difference between using air and other gases for a moment, and take a look at the delivery method. All avalanche airbags either use a cylinder(s) of compressed gas or an electronic fan-based inflation method. Let’s start with the compressed gas cylinder.