Ortovox Carbon 280+ PFA

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OrtovoxSKU: 22441

$100 $125

Lightweight, extendible carbon probe with PFA quick-assembly system (280cm in length)

Carbon is lightweight and rigid, and therefore the ideal material for our high-end probes. This lightweight carbon probe is 280cm long and has all the features of a true professional probe. It is extendible, making it the first choice probe for many rescue organizations and mountain guides. The 13mm diameter and carbon material make it incredibly rigid, break-proof and accurate. It also has a steel-cable tensioning system, guaranteeing maximum rigidity. Thanks to its PFA quick-assembly system, it can be assembled in just seconds and unfastened and folded just as easily. The rubberized grip also ensures safe, ice-free handling in all conditions.

As with all ortovox avalanche probes, the CARBON 280+ PFA features a visual guide system with depth markers and a clear 1-meter marker. In addition, it comes in an optimized quick-release cover.


The successor to Ortovox's quick-assembly system is even Slimmer and more compact than before, while still offering the same proven smooth clamping performance. Thanks to the new quick assembly strap, the Ortovox 320cm+ PFA Avalanche Probe can be assembled straight out of the cover. It can be collapsed by pressing the system cap with your thumb.


The intuitive visual guide system provides you with quick and clear information about the victim‘s depth at all times. You can perfectly adapt your shoveling strategy and save important time thanks to the clear 1m marker, Contrasting Depth Scale and Colourful End Segments. The bottommost segment in neon orange indicates when you are approaching the victim.


The quick-assembly strap makes immediate OPENING AND ASSEMBLY possible IN ONE MOTION, without first having to take the Ortovox 320cm+ PFA Avalanche Probe out of its cover.


The significantly larger diameter of the probe tip compared to the probe elements ensures improved penetration.


All the numbers: 

  • Interchangeable tip
  • Rubberized grip
  • PFA quick-assembly system
  • Quick-release cover
  • Steel-cable tensioning system
  • Depth markers
  • Extendible
  • Visual guide system
  • Large probe tip
  • Material: Carbon
  • Weight: 355 g / 12.5 oz
  • Extended length: 280 cm / 110.2 in
  • Collapsed length: 44 cm / 17.3 in
    • Material - The stronger (and heavier!) the material, the more effective it will be at probing. The lighter the probe, the more expensive it gets. Carbon is the lightest (and most expensive), Aluminum is stronger and cheaper, but heavier, Steel is heavy and expensive, but the best at the job.
    • Length - You'll see probes ranging from 200cm-320cm. We don't sell anything less than 240. Successful extractions have been done up to 3m. Keep in mind you'll need to hold on to the probe as you enter the snow. Longer probes mean more ferrules, so count on them being a bit heavier (but not much) and having more mass.
    • Assembly - How quick can you get it together and secured (like really secured!) into place? Practice will help, but make sure it's got an easy lock.

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