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The North Face ABS Modulator: Airbag system for any backpack

It won’t take long before winter is here with snow covering the mountains and hills. Finally, skiers and snowboarders will have huge smiles on their faces blowing the dust off their equipment and heading into the backcountry! 

Text: Sebastian Schulke

 

But before leaving their tracks in virgin powder fields one should always have the right avalanche equipment to prevent freeride trips from becoming nightmares. The ABS Modulator by The North Face and ABS won the ISPO AWARD 2015 and can be a lifesaver.

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The North Face ABS Mudulator, closed. Photo: ABS

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The North Face ABS Modulator, open. Photo: The North Face

The ABS Modulator is the world’s first ABS airbag system that fits on any backpack.

According to The North Face almost 99% of all standard freeride backpacks are compatible with the system. And that’s not it: The system can be assembled in just a few fast steps. The pneumatic trigger can be individually adjusted, either on the right or left-hand side of the shoulder straps. The system also provides enough room for carrying a shovel and a probe. The ABS system consists of separate airbags, called TwinBags, that fit on the sides of a backpack. With a volume of 170 liters they provide great floatation and guarantee optimum body positioning in avalanche accidents.

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The North Face ABS Modulater on a backpack. Photo: The North Face

The pneumatic trigger can be individually adjusted, either on the right or left-hand side of the shoulder straps. The system also provides enough room for carrying a shovel and a probe. The ABS system consists of separate airbags, called TwinBags, that fit on the sides of a backpack. With a volume of 170 liters they provide great floatation and guarantee optimum body positioning in avalanche accidents.

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The North Face ABS Modulator, released. Photo: The North Face

“The North Face has teamed up with ABS as the double airbags provide great safety and the system is known for its reliability”, says Austin Robbs, Product Manager at The North Face. He also adds: “This system it the result of more than 20 years of research and development.”

 

Cooperation of two outdoor experts

With The North Face and ABS two experienced and innovative companies have brought in their individual strengths for the creation of an ABS Modulator: The North Face is responsible for the strong design and the precise functionality, while ABS introduced their reliable airbag technology – a good match.

Thanks to the small ABS Modulator, which weighs around two kilogram, at a price of 700 Euros avalanche equipment becomes more accessible for all winter sports athletes. Furthermore, the system’s compatibility makes it a very individual tool for any snow activities.

More information:

ABS website 

The North Face website

 

 

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