You can return it. Within the terms and conditions of our returns policy:
• Avalanche Airbags and Transceivers are non-refundable.
• All other products are refundable within 30days of purchase if they have NOT BEEN USED.
When returning a product to Avalanche Safety Solutions it must be accompanied by all the appropriate tags and a receipt of purchase. We will do our best to process your return in a timely fashion. The customer is responsible for all shipping costs incurred during Returns.
If we don't have your size or colour in stock - we will order it in for you! (this applies to items that we already carry)
We do have an on-line store set up for American users. This site displays all the prices and details pertinent to shoppers based in the USA. Be sure that you are on the appropriate site for your country of origin. Check the flag at the top right hand corner of the site.
When shopping with us on-line we accept credit card (Visa and Mastercard) and Pay Pal. When shopping with us in our retail shop we accept credit card, interac, cash. We will also accept money order.
You can order through the website, using the shopping cart function. Or you can order via telephone.
Our retail shop is located in Golden, BC. The address is #101 - 806 9th St. North. As you come of the #1 Highway into Golden turn left at the bottom of the long curling off ramp (instead of right into downtown) and then take your next left. We are located 200m down on the left hand side right next to the Dogtooth Climbing Gym..
Yes, we ship anywhere in the world! However, shipping charges will apply when ordering outside of Canada. We offer free shipping in Canada for orders over $100.
The Snowpulse Lifebag is the first avalanche airbag which can be legally transported in Canada. Until this point ABS was the only option, and because they are illegal to transport the majority of retailers do not wish to carry the product. The ABS is also a heavier product and is not designed to protect an avalanche victim from trauma.
Yes, we highly recommend that you continue using an avalanche transceiver. There are no guarantees and we encourage you to do anything that you can do to increase your chances of survival if you are caught in an avalanche.
Whether you need an extra cylinder depends on the length of your trips and the easiness of refilling the Snowpulse in your area. A full Snowpulse cylinder is only good for one deployment, having a second on hand in case the Snowpulse is deployed by accident or on purpose is a good idea.
The Snowpulse Lifebag airbag is 150L and is filled with dry compressed air.
The Snowpulse Lifebag is a mechanical system which requires the wearer to pull the rip cord in order to deploy the airbag. The ripcord handle sits on the left shoulder strap. During transport it is tucked away to avoid accidental deployment. When in avalanche terrain the ripcord handle must be exposed from its protective pocket. The ripcord should be pulled as soon as the wearer is caught in an avalanche, or suspects he will be caught. To pull it requires 10 pounds of force in a downward motion. A 10 year old child would still be able to pull on it hard enough to deploy the airbag.
There may be situations where an individual wearing a Snowpulse would be unable to pull the trigger and initiate the airbag deployment. Such as: the handle was not exposed, or the wearer waited too long (trying to ride out the slide) before getting to the handle.
Yes the Lifebag is reusable. The Lifebag takes 5-15 minutes to repack, the cylinder then needs to be refilled before the Lifebag can be reused.
Yes, the Snwopulse Lifebag work in heavy snow conditions.
The Snowpulse Lifebag contains a compressed air cylinder which, when deployed by the wearer, inflates a large airbag contained within the backpack arount the head and thorax of the avalanche victim. This airbag essentially acts like a massive lifejacket in a sea of snow. there are two reasons this works. 1) The inflated airbag makes you bigger. In an avalanche, bigger particles end up on the surface and smaller particles on the bottom. The second reason is because an airabag greatly reduces your overall density making you lighter than the surrounding snow mass; therefore, you essentially float to the surface.
Yes, in fact ICAR (International Commission of Alpine Rescue) has called an avalanche airbag "the device of choice". The following information is provided from Time is Life DVD, edited and approved by the International Commission of Alpine Rescue. ICAR – MEDCOM, CISA-IKAR Avalanche Commission. SWISS Stats. 2005
Examined 2000 Avalanche incidents and found the following:
Overall 22% mortality rate.
Only 4.4% of people who were not buried, or only partially buried died!
51.3% chance of death for people who were completely buried.
Likely that partial burials go unreported lowering the 4.4%.
Now for the Airbag statistics:
1991-2004: 77 reports of airbag inflation.
76 Survived, 1 Died
10 completely buried but airbags were visible on the surface.
The same avalanches caught 25 people who were not wearing airbags. Of these 12 were completely buried, 9 were found dead.
Airbags lowered the probability of a complete burial from 47.1% to 13% and the mortality rate 35.3% to 1.3%!
ICAR conclusion : Statistical evidence for airbags is good to very good. “It is the device of choice”.
Point of Interest: Same study revealed transceivers reduced the median burial time 170-20 minutes, but the mortality rate only 79% to 50%!
Avalanche airbags are the only way to help reduce the chance of being buried and greatly increase an avalanche victims chance of survival.
The Snowpulse Lifebag helps to keep an avalanche victim on the surface as well as protecting them from trauma therefore greatly increasing their chance of survival.
Avalanche Safety Solutions is located in Golden, British Columbia and is the #1 on-line destination for avalanche safety equipment, avalanche gear, snow science equipment, avalanche equipment, advice and education. We specialize in Avalanche Airbags and are proud retailers of Snowpulse, Mammut, ABS Bags and BCA Airbags. Avalanche Safety Solutions is also an on-line store for avalanche transceivers, avalanche beacons, avalanche probes and collapsible avalanche shovels. We retail snow study equipment, such as crystal cards, magnifying glasses, sear rulers, bca rulers and more. We constantly monitor other retailers to ensure that Avalanche Safety Solutions has the lowest prices and the best sale prices on everything we sell.