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Carry all your gear with an avalanche airbag to back you up.
If you've spent large portions of your life in the mountains, you've probably had some close calls, whether you know it or not. Part of the allure of remote, unskied alpine peaks is their untamed wildness, but that wildness comes with increased risk—avalanches are an ever-present danger, difficult to predict and even harder to escape. The Ortovox Tour 32+7 ABS Backpack and ABS Airbag Kit isn't a substitute for education, experience, and careful decision making, but it does offer proven life-saving technology that can make the difference between being buried and staying on top.
The Tour 32+7 Kit comes with a Modular Airbag Safety System (M.A.S.S.) that has removable twin airbags, one on either side of the pack, with a combined volume of 170 liters to help you rise to the top of the debris when caught in an avalanche. An included adjustable activation handle comes with a small, internal pressurized release capsule and can be set up on the left or right shoulder strap for easy access, and an aluminum safety bracket zips into a compartment on either strap to prevent accidental releases. The activation handle can also be released from the zippered position, but requires a strong, very deliberate action. When pressed, the activation handle punctures the small internal trigger capsule, which in turn activates the piercing unit, puncturing the main canister to fill the airbags within seconds, helping to keep the wearer on the surface on the slide. The shoulder straps, waist belt, and secure leg strap work together to ensure that the pack stays securely attached and correctly oriented.
If you're wearing the pack in the resort or otherwise out of danger, the M.A.S.S Unit, activation handle, and airbag-inflating canister are removable, reducing the weight by about four pounds. Once you've deployed the airbags, you must replace the Activation Unit, which consists of the trigger, the small internal trigger canister, and the larger airbag-inflating canister (replacement must be done through ABS). The other parts of the system are reusable.
- Avalanche airbag designed for day-long backcountry tours
- Twin airbags with 170-liter capacity for enhanced buoyancy
- Mechanical activation unit ensures reliability in cold conditions
- Activation handle can be worn on either shoulder strap
- Suspension disperses weight of pack between hip and shoulders
- Adjustable carry straps for skis, snowboard, or snowshoes
- Hydration-compatible design allows for quick hydration on skintrack
- Expandable volume enables an additional seven liters of storage space
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- Q & A
You know what it does!
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
If you're on this page you know what this product is intended to do. The ideal scenario is to never have to write about how the ABS unit itself works, so I'll focus on the pack. In terms of size, 32+7 is definitely big for a day pack. I'm coming off an old Osprey Switch 26, but at this price figured it's time to add the safety element. It's obviously larger, heavier, bulkier than a 26l pack, but the space is well thought out. As the description says, there are pockets for just about everything, including goggles, maps, etc. Likely overkill for most of the touring I do around the Central Wasatch, but will be handy for yurt trips and days on the sled.
In terms of setting up the ABS unit, I went to Youtube and followed a long. It took about 5 minutes, but it's super obvious that you have it correct. Everything feels super sturdy on this pack. Replacing plastic clips/buckles with metal gives me confidence this thing isn't coming off unless you want it to. Overall, excited to put it to use this winter.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
The Ortovox Tour ABS pack is everything you need to shred with confidence and peace of mind. Its durable, reliable, and gets the job done when you need it most.. which everyone hopes is never ha. Going for the full kit saves time and money, which is something everyone could use a little more of. It’s nice that the MASS unit, handle, and airbag canister are removable, so you can reduce weight (4lbs) when wearing it inbounds. Solid overall AVI pack, highly recommend.
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Yes, this is a full kit. Including the activation handle, unit, and canister. Everything you need is included.
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