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Gear: Backcountry Access Float Airbag

The ABS bag: A proven life-saver for the backcountry traveler

Updated: November 21, 2011, 1:25 PM ET
By Seth Lightcap | ESPN Action Sports

Last March I nearly died in an avalanche while backcountry snowboarding in Japan. The slide sucked me under the surface of the snow and beat me within an inch of my life before spitting me out unburied. Hard tellin' not knowin', but had I been wearing an avalanche airbag pack that day I would probably have a lot less metal holding my pelvis together right now. The airbag would have helped keep me on the top of the slide and prevented the compression injuries I sustained while ragdolling ...

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