By ccrossen | March 6, 2012
Given some relatively high profile airbag coverage in the news, as well as the general results reported over the past few years, it seems apparent that avy airbag packs work well and are another no-brainer on the backcountry gear list. Especially given next years’ packs and the better trends for size, weight, and comfort. However, a lot of people complain about the cost. At $700-1200, they are pricey, relative to a normal or Avalung packet and even a beacon, but what cost should you put on your gear? Skis typically go for $699+. Dynafit bindings retail for $600+. A good jacket and pants will run you about the same or more. And if you happen to be able to get a deal on gear, well, then all the costs come down and then the excuse isn’t as readily available.
I have no idea what the exact margins are for companies selling airbag packs, and it would be great if they could charge less, but should it even matter? I don’t really think so. If there’s a device out there that can help your chances in case of an avalanche, isn’t something that costs about a pair of skis worth it? Is that really too expensive? Granted, the way companies segment their packs and pack-related components leaves much to be desired, but why wouldn’t you buy an airbag pack? Especially given the fact that the pack will generally outlive a pair of skis by far.
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