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The ABS bag is a safety accessory and combines perfectly with the Arva, shovel and probe pack. When activated, it allows airbags integrated into the bag to be inflated. These bags are intended to reduce the risk of a person being buried during an avalanche. In fact, the victim can be extricated much more quickly, an important element when we know that avalanche victims must be evacuated within 15 minutes. After this time, the chances of survival are slim, especially since outside help is not possible within this time frame. It is currently the only accessory to limit the risk of burial, and it is estimated that it increases the chances of survival by almost 50%.
As for how the bag works, simply pull the handle at the first sign of an avalanche. Try to escape sideways to the fall line. Once the avalanche has stopped, the airbags will keep your body on the surface.
To conclude, this equipment is a very good complement to the Arva kit and can save your life in many cases, but it is not a guarantee of survival. Remember to notify competent people before leaving for your session and never leave alone. Also, do not hesitate to contact HawaiiSurf sellers for all the advice you need.