…and saw a demo of it as well. All I’m allowed to say is that it looks viable and quite nice, and the proto was red. I’m at the ISPO trade show in Munich, Germany. Arcteryx is next to the Black Diamond booth. Both booths this year are more of your closed variety rather than the big open floor plan of last year perhaps because they’re both on the cutting and competing edge of air-fan avalanche airbag development? Quite funny, while at the BD booth you could hear the Arcteryx airbag firing all day long, and same in reverse. Battle of the fans! Feel that breeze!
I was premature in my predictions last year that the Black Diamond airbag would be heavily disruptive to the status quo of gas cylinder airbags. But it’s definitely had an effect, as I see quite a bit more emphasis on making the tank systems more user friendly, lighter, and easier to travel with. But I still say beware to the compressed gas companies. When they get the price and weight of the electric packs down to competitive levels that’s what any logically thinking backcountry skier is going to want. Arcteryx looks to be making that happen, albeit too slowly.
In any case, on to the rest of my ISPO hiking, in words and pictures.
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.