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With its integrated dual airbag system, The North Face Patrol 24 ABS Winter Backpack is rewriting the book on essential backcountry safety equipment. Praised by Outside Magazine and Popular Mechanics for game-changing innovation, the Patrol 24's ABS boasts a 95% success rate in real-world use. Once deployed, the two high-volume airbags keep you on top of slide debris by increasing flotation, and they improve your visibility for an expedited rescue. Add in every other feature you'd expect in a high-end backcountry bag, and the Patrol 24 becomes the one pack you really might not be able to live without.

  • Integrated ABS airbag system includes an air canister pocket, bag deployment pockets, and an easily accessible activation pull handle
  • When handle is pulled, two high-volume airbags inflate to increase flotation and visibility in the event of an avalanche
  • Includes one air canister for practice deployment only (practice canister is designed for a single deployment, refillable canisters sold separately)
  • Constructed from Bombastic Cordura nylon with reinforced high-abrasion areas for outstanding durability
  • Metal waist-belt buckle is highly resistant to breaking, ensuring the pack stays on during an avalanche situation
  • Hinch ski and board carry system is simple and secure, and it tucks away when not in use
  • Extra-large avalanche tools pocket keeps your shovel, probe, and additional equipment organized and easily accessible
  • Backcountry essentials checklist in tool pocket helps ensure that nothing you need is left behind
  • Dual waist-belt pockets are easily accessed while wearing the pack
  • Editor’s Note: wearing this airbag system does NOT guarantee that you will survive an avalanche burial or a slide amidst avalanche debris; get educated, get the right tools, travel with partners, and be smart out there
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  • *The Patrol 24 can be shipped via air to the lower 48 states only; no air shipping available to AK, HI, or international addresses
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I love this pack

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

First, ABS is the best airbag system on the market. The pack has to bags that deploy so if you pop one you can still stay on top on the slide. The pack itself is great. Lots of room inside for all your avy gear and a few luxuries as well. If you plan on traveling into the backcountry at all buy this pack

Good but...

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I used this pack twice so far and have been really pleased. The only issue is that there is no helmet net on or in the pack. I have to use the ski strap to tie my helmet on the pack. Not so great on snowy days to keep your gear dry. It is not hydration compatible. Not that I care much since the hose freezes all the time but still nice for spring days.

Great pack!

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

ABS is one of the most trusted airbag systems. Designed and developed in Europe so you know it's good. Two airbags means that if you pop one on a rock or something you'll still have enough flotation to keep you on the surface. Paired with The North Face pack you have the best of both worlds. I don't travel in the backcountry without it.

Well Built Pack

    Wasn't to sure what to expect when this thing came in, but I'm pleasantly surprised. This pack is extremely well built, and even without the ABS system would be one of The North Face's better ski touring packs. The only thing keeping this from being 5 stars is it's weight. Until we in the USA are allowed lighter weight bottles then we are going to have to deal with heavier ABS packs.

    air bag time

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    Air Bag Systems are the way of the future, these devices can greatly aid in surviving an avalanche but should not effect your backcountry travel decision. This pack keeps the weight of both the system, and your gear well balanced and distributed across your back. Well placed compression straps allows you to cinch the 24 L pack down considerably without interfering with the air bag deployment.�

    Durability of TNF with safety of ABS

      If you?re serious about skiing in avalanche terrain, you?re foolish not to have an ABS or similar pack. Yes, they cost a pretty penny, but the benefits evident in the survival rate of the users. The Chugach ABS offers enough space for all my gear on a day trip, without ever feeling over-bearing. Functionally and safety wise, there?s nothing better on the market.

      What do you guys think of the trigger handle? To me it seems pretty loose and not as clean tightened to the belt as is with the traditional ABS system. I'm a bit afraid of accidentally having the trigger activated when taking of the pack (at lunch). Or even worse that the handle is twisted or moved and not in the place as expected when you need to pull it in a avalanche situations. Any practical experiences would help!

      Dear DogFunk Team

      Can i fly with this bag ? Is it possible to dismantle the air tanks?

      The US American Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) will not allow your pressurized cartridge on board. Discharge (activate) the gas cartridge before entering the airport. Only once your cartridge is fully discharged, unscrew the cartridge head from the cartridge and put both in re-sealable plastic bags. Carry them through the TSA security checkpoint so they are visible to TSA personnel. Afterward, the cartridge head can be screwed back on the cartridge by hand. An ABS dealer at your destination can replace the empty cartridge for a new one.

      Here's a link to that info:

      Sidenote, this bag just comes with the practice canister! So take that guy out and grab a real one when you land.

      Guys, how should I travel with this backpack...

      Guys, how should I travel with this backpack to/from/inside the USA?

      As I understand rules, I should drain canister prior flight, but how can I refill it at destination point, especially in wild place?

      Anyone know if the one-time 'practice...

      Anyone know if the one-time 'practice canister', is fundamentally different than the refillable canister when used in the field?