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It's time to update your checklist.
Skis, boots, poles. Helmet, goggles, gloves. Beacon, shovel, probe. There are some things you don't head into the mountains without, and it's time to update your list to include the Mammut Ride RAS Backpack. Airbag technology has been proven to save lives, and when it's also as light, functional, and easy to use as the Ride? Well, you'd have to have a really good reason to leave it behind.
Obviously, the safest policy is to avoid avalanches altogether, but unexpected things happen, and when they do, the Ride can inflate within three seconds to help keep you on the surface. Just pull the shoulder-mounted deployment handle to inflate the bag, and the padded waist belt, safety leg strap, and sternum strap will keep the pack securely attached to you, even in the turmoil of a slide. After deployment, deflate the bags and pack them back up according to instructions, and remember that the compressed air canister needs to be replaced. You can even remove the airbag system entirely if you want a lightweight in-bounds pack, or swap it between all RAS packs to fine-tune your carrying capacity.
The Ride wouldn't be that useful if it wasn't a functional pack, too, so Mammut made sure it had all the features of a modern freeride pack, like ski and snowboard carry systems, a special pocket for your avy tools, and gear loops for ice axes and ski poles. You can cinch down your day's load using the side compression straps, stash your goggles in the padded pocket for safekeeping, and toss a bladder in the hydration-compatible sleeve so you don't have to gobble snow all day. All this weight is carried comfortable by the V-frame aluminum suspension, padded back panel, and removable waist belt. Mammut even included an SOS label with emergency instructions, in case you need a reminder.
Please note that this system does not include the Refillable Compressed Air Cartridge, which is available separately (MAM0939). And please remember, this airbag system is NOT a guarantee that you will survive an avalanche; get educated, get the right tools, travel with partners, and be smart out there.
- Comes with RAS (Removable Airbag System)
- V-frame 6mm aluminum suspension and high-density EVA back panel
- Removable padded hip belt and safety leg strap
- Front shovel/avalanche tool pocket and padded goggle pocket
- Stowable ski and snowboard carry and two front gear loops
- Hydration compatible
- Compression straps
- Zippered inner pocket
- Compressed air cartridge not included