The first fully functional airbag system was unveiled at the ISPO trade fair.
At the “Ski-Plus Wochen” event, the DAV Summit Club equipped all participating freeriders with ABS® systems – the first breakthrough.
Demonstration of the ABS® avalanche airbag to the press with dummy tests in Disentis/Switzerland.
The Swiss Federal Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research (SLF) agreed to carry out several extensive series of tests.
Unveiling of the first ABS® system with two airbags (TwinBag). The system was also completely redesigned, with a pyrotechnic-pneumatic activation unit replacing the previous Bowden cable. The backpacks were produced by Vaude.
Deuter took over the further development of ABS® backpacks, helping to expand the system’s success.
Dynafit took over the worldwide distribution of ABS® backpacks. Following Dynafit’s acquisition by Salewa, distribution of the backpacks was transferred back to ABS®.
A special backpack was developed for freeriders.
A new material was selected to allow easier folding and housing of the airbag.
Launch of the ABS® ZipOn principle. A system in which the storage volume can be changed quickly and easily.
With ABS® Wireless Activation, one member of the group can activate the airbags of all the other members in an emergency.
Backpacks were fitted with the lighter carbon cartridge for the first time, resulting in a weight saving of almost 50 percent.
ABS® entered cooperation agreements with industrial partners who integrated the ABS® system in their backpacks (Inside Partners) or produced ZipOns for the base units (ABS® Compatible Partners).
The Vario Base Unit was fitted with a certified back protector.
Launch of completely updated ZipOns with improved functionality, more sizes and new design.
ABS is celebrating 30 years of research and innovation. With 50,000 systems produced this season, ABS® remains the market leader in this sector.
With the P.RIDE System ABS introduces the new generation of avalanche airbags. With Partner activation built in as standard, 30% more projected are, automatic system check and two airbags for double safety.
The market leader in the field of avalanche airbags is sold 100 percent to SPIN capital GmbH. Dr. Stefan Mohr will also be responsible as Managing Director. Peter Aschauer will continue to make his contacts and network, which have grown over the years, available to the company, but will hand over operational responsibility.
Felix Neureuther and Dr. Stefan Mohr, Managing Director of ABS Protection GmbH, today announced their strategic partnership at a press conference at the ISPO Munich sporting goods trade fair. With the information that this partnership goes beyond an obligation as a testimonial, Neureuther announced today for the first time that his professional future after his active career as a ski racer is at stake here.
The s.LIGHT is the first avalanche backpack with the proven ABS® Twinbag System, whose base unit weighs less than 2 KG. This weight optimization, of course, does not mean a loss of safety or functionality.