ABS unveils the new generation of avalanche airbags: with its wireless partner activation, P.RIDE reduces a significant functional deficit

Heralding the dawn of a new era. With its new P.RIDE, the first product equipped with wireless partner activation as standard, the avalanche airbag market leader ABS is addressing a functional gap affecting avalanche airbags: studies show that 20 percent of airbags are not activated in an avalanche, mainly as a result of failure to pull the handle. The ABS P.RIDE is the first avalanche airbag to address this safety issue by actively helping prevent the user's own burial as well as that of his or her companions...

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ABS emerges from the recall even stronger, ready for the new 2015/16 winter season

With winter just around the corner, the issues of mountain safety and avalanche risk are once again very topical concerns. The avalanche airbag specialist ABS, based in Gräfelfing near Munich, is feeling confident about the new season. The extensive steel cartridge recall campaign and related difficulties have now been overcome. Managing Director Peter Aschauer is positive about the future and apologises to customers for the inconvenience caused.

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30 years of the ABS avalanche airbag: From niche product to recognized emergency equipment

What began with a Bavarian forest ranger's accidental discovery in the 1970s became an innovative but initially neglected niche product. Through decades of development work, practical experience and system optimization, the avalanche airbag has now established itself as an integral part of emergency equipment for freeriders and ski-tourers.

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ABS avvia una campagna di richiamo delle cartucce in acciaio europee e dei sistemi TwinBag ABS per sottoporli a verifica

Il produttore di airbag antivalanga ABS reagisce a una fonte di errore riconducibile a uno dei suoi fornitori con una tempestiva campagna di richiamo: tutte le cartucce in acciaio europee attualmente in circolazione (colore nero) la cui data di riempimento sia precedente al 3 dicembre 2014 dovranno essere sostituite. Durante il processo di riempimento a cura del fornitore è possibile che nella cartuccia siano finiti dei resti di lavorazione che potrebbero bloccare il sistema dell'airbag in fase di sgancio. Di conseguenza, si dovranno rispedire ad ABS anche tutti gli zaini con sistemi TwinBag ABS (airbag doppi) integrati che siano stati sganciati con una cartuccia in acciaio in modo tale che il produttore possa sottoporre a verifica tali articoli.  Sono esclusi dalla campagna di ritiro gli airbag singoli e le cartucce in carbonio di ABS.


On top with Deuter and Vaude – the backpack specialists from southern Germany are relying on the ABS TwinBag system

From the winter of 2014/15, market leader ABS' tried-and-tested dual airbag system, that has already helped to prevent the burial of hundreds of people caught up in avalanches, will be integrated in four models from the backpack pioneer Deuter and two backpacks from the outdoor professional Vaude. Boosting the ranks of a list of "ABS Inside Partners" that reads like a 'Who's Who' of the industry: with Bergans, Dakine, Haglöfs, Ortovox, Salewa and The North Face already offering their own ABS backpacks this year.

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ABS Product News 2014/15 – The ABS system becomes even slimmer and lighter

ABS is presenting its new products for the 2014/15 winter season at ISPO 2014. All Base Units with the integrated TwinBag system are now even flatter, slimmer and therefore lighter than ever before. Complete with carbon cartridge, activation handle and pack, the lightest ABS model weighs in at less than 2.4kg. The Zip-ons for the Vario and Powder lines have been completely revamped, revealing a new look with revised dimensions and smart division of compartments. More cooperations with well-known backpack manufacturers have also been announced: joining the ranks of existing partners, in 2014/15, the new "ABS Inside Partners" Deuter and Vaude will be installing the ABS system, tried and tested on hundreds of occasions, in their backpacks. Three new "ABS Compatible Partners" will also be widening the selection of packs.

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A Dramatic Freeride Film Shoot: An Avalanche Takes a Starring Role

The 24-year old freeskier Aymar Navarro was in front of the camera for a film shoot in the Spanish Pyrenees at the beginning of the year. But instead of capturing fantastic deep powder images, the camera team witnessed a major avalanche. Professional freerider Aymar Navarro survived the disaster thanks to his avalanche airbag.

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ABS Product News 2013/14: The Silver Edition is the new jewel in the crown for ABS avalanche airbags

For the winter season 2013/14, ABS will once again prove its innovation leadership. With the ABS Vario line SILVER EDITION, ABS is setting new standards; the proven product lines also score highly with optimized features, e.g. a new ski mount. New sizes and colors for the zip-ons, as well as increased cooperation with renowned backpack manufacturers, offer freeriders and ski tourers even more options.

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ABS and The Mountain Lab to collaborate on Brand and Outreach in North America

The leading avalanche airbag manufacturer ABS and The Mountain Lab announced today a collaboration for the USA and Canada, whereby The Mountain Lab will with immediate effect be responsible for coordination of all brand management, consumer engagement and sales direction for ABS in the region. The North American market is one of the fastest growing markets for avalanche airbags. Its diversity and scale of terrain breed a variety of user profiles for avalanche airbags that is distinct and unique to the North American Market. ABS will continue to provide the logistical support and customer service from its offices and warehouse in Langley, Canada.

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