Beginning in 2013, ORTOVOX will be adding their OWN AVALANCHE BACKPACKS to their arsenal of avalanche emergency equipment. As the most recognized name in avalanche safety since 1980, ORTOVOX has been constantly evolving its product line and snow safety system to include avalanche transceivers, shovels, probes, backpacks and now backpacks with avalanche-specific safety technology.
ORTOVOX BACKPACKS have been an industry leader in the winter sports scene for 27 YEARS and are characterized by their OPTIMUM QUALITY, FUNCTIONAL DESIGN and FOCUS ON SAFETY.
The new licensing agreement enables Munich-based ORTOVOX to integrate the ABS system into their own backpacks, further developing safety concepts with an eye on comfort and fit.
In the event of an avalanche, the ABS SYSTEM helps improve ACTIVE AVALANCHE SAFETY through the activation of the deployment handle installed on the backpack carrier system. A pressurized cartridge is pierced and gas escapes, inflating two integrated airbags in a matter of seconds. Although the airbags cannot prevent victims from being swept along by the avalanche, they help keep them on top of the snow and preventing death by suffocation, the main cause of death in avalanche accidents.
“For more than a quarter century of backpack construction, many innovations can be traced back to us,” said Christian Schneidermeier, President of ORTOVOX. “Standards like a safety compartment that allows fast access to emergency equipment or access to the main compartment via the back system were established by ORTOVOX. Today, our backpacks stand for the highest level of quality, innovative details, functionality and unique design, based on a wealth of experience.
Ortovox website: http://www.ortovox.com/
ABS Airbag system website: http://abs-airbag.de/
Online press release: http://www.pitchengine.com/
*Out of 262 people who activated their ABS Avalanche Airbag, 97% survived, and 84% of them were uninjured.
Source: Self, Known and documented accidents with ABS Avalanche Airbags, August 2010
Based in Taufkirchen, Germany, Ortovox is the world's leading brand of avalanche transceivers and safety equipment. 30+ years of evolution and experience in the mountains enables Ortovox to offer a wide range of products catering to mountaineers and adventurers whose playgrounds are the mountains of the world.
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