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December 31, 2008

Black Diamond Bandit Avalung Pack — Lets you breathe under the snow if you're caught in an avalanche


Can your backpack do that?

Didn't think so.


From websites:

Black Diamond Bandit Avalung Pack — 'More Time = Life Saved'

The Black Diamond Bandit Avalung Pack does something that no other yo-yo pack can do — it helps you breathe under the snow if you're caught in an avalanche.

Offers room for a shovel, probe, and a little water for short backcountry tours.

Plus it carries skis or a snowboard so you can use it no matter what you like to use for sliding on the snow.


Outside magazine's Gear of the Year.

Weight: 2 lb. 4 oz.

690 cubic inches.



From the top down: Mustard, Black or Olive Green.


December 31, 2008 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


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I was thinking to myself about how useless this actually was and then I headed over to http://www.avalung.com/ and read more up on these.

Looks like it might actually be a decent piece of equipment. Apparently, all it does is to pull any oxygen from the surrounding snow (not a snorkel like in water sports), but filters the exhaled air to a different location so you aren't rebreathing CO2 -- giving ya just enough air to survive without blacking out. Several testimonials on the site from those that had these and survived -- along with the mortality rates of those who were buried right next to those using these.

I usually do one winter camp out, and my friends love to do extreme sports (usually with me leading...hey! I might be an idiot, but if someone is going to suggest something, I'm *NOT* going to be the last to go along with it...the minute someone says something, I've got the reservations so no one knows how much of a wussy I really am! No one knows how fricken scared you are when you are halfway to the ground and your friends are still making certain their chute was packed correctly!) I'm gonna have to pick one of these up next time someone suggests another activity that is going to make my rhematologist scream at me more...

Posted by: clifyt | Jan 1, 2009 11:34:14 PM

I can't see myself willingly going anywhere I might even think I'd need that!

Posted by: majeanne | Jan 1, 2009 10:08:19 PM

Is that a snorkel or are you happy to see me?

Posted by: Rocketboy | Jan 1, 2009 6:59:56 PM

Those people who recently perished in the avalanche might have survived if they'd been wearing these devices.

Posted by: Jesse | Dec 31, 2008 11:37:20 PM

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