Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

August 21, 2017
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Apparel — or airbag?!

Experienced skiers who’ve resolved to jump on the backcountry bandwagon this winter (flip back to the previous page if you missed Whistler’s new backcountry clinic) will want to get an airbag-equipped backpack. When deployed, the airbags increase buoyancy, making it more likely that a skier will remain at the surface of a slide. They also protect the wearer from collisions with trees, say, and increase the visibility of the buried victim for rescuers. The backpacks are becoming more mainstream, but North Face just introduced a men’s Powder Guide ABS Vest, cut big enough to wear over a ski jacket and said to be the first of its kind. It too includes a brightly-coloured ABS Avalanche Airbag System, but gives skiers the freedom to carry even a small shovel and probe without a pack: ideal for short sidecountry missions — and people with deep pockets; the vest retails for US$1200. thenorthface.com. [CC]

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