FAQs Avalanche Airbags
Are test activations possible?
The AVABAG system allows you to carry out as many test activations without a cartridge as you like (pull the grip, the click represents activation)
You can also do so with a cartridge, although you would have to refill the cartridge (at a cost of 25 euros).
Are there risks when it comes to storing the AVABAG? Sun exposure, temperature range?
Avoid direct sun exposure, for example in the car (temperature range -30°C to 50°C).
With which backpacks is the AVABAG system compatible?
You can use the AVABAG system in all models in the AVABAG product range (those that have the word AVABAG in the product name). The system cannot be used in the ORTOVOX ABS or normal backpack models.
Click HERE to go to the AVABAG models.
Can I take my AVABAG on an airplane?
Generally, yes. However, it always depends upon the airline’s conditions of travel.
Your can find all information on taking your AVABAG on an airplane via the following LINK.
Can I retrofit any ORTOVOX backpack with the AVABAG system?
The AVABAG unit can only be used with backpacks that have the word AVABAG in the product name.
Can the new AVABAG unit be combined with my ORTOVOX ABS backpack?
No, unfortunately that’s not possible. The AVABAG unit can only be used with backpacks that have the word AVABAG in the product name.
Where can I get my AVABAG cartridges refilled in North America?
You can find a list of all AVABAG REFILL CENTERS in North America here.
Can I carry my skis on the side of the backpack?
No, that’s unfortunately not possible, because the skis could get in the way or prevent the AVABAG from releasing. The skis must be fastened diagonally on the back using the classic D-Skifix method.
How do you correctly set and position the grip?
We’ve made a few AVABAG videos for you. Just visit our AVABAG SERVICE VIDEO site and learn more about our AVABAG.
Can I also use the AVABAG system with another manufacturer’s cartridge?
No, the AVABAG system may only be used with an original AVABAG cartridge.
Can I take my ABS BACKPACK on an airplane?
Can I retrofit any ORTOVOX backpack with the ABS system?
The MASS unit can only be used with backpacks that have the word ABS in the product name.
Are MASS units / ABS backpacks still available?
Because of the change to the AVABAG system, no more MASS units or ORTOVOX ABS backpacks will be produced. A few backpacks may still be available from specialist dealers. We are unable to provide any information about which dealers these might be.
I’ve accidentally pulled the ABS activation handle without a cartridge screwed in. What should I do?
Under no circumstances should the system be used. The MASS unit must be sent to ABS for inspection. The grip can also no longer be used and must be replaced.
In this case please contact your SPECIALIST DEALER.
With which backpacks is the ABS system compatible?
The ABS system is compatible with all ORTOVOX backpacks that have the word ABS in the product name.