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Winter Lab: Avalanche Airbag 101

Compressed air, venturi valves, horse collars, fans, argon, TSA rules, cable pulls. The lingo alone can spin your head, so let us set you straight.

No matter what airbag pack you’re looking at, the vast majority, if not all of them, use a venturi valve to help inflate the bag. The valve essentially sucks in outside air to fully inflate the bag. Each bag is also repackable, and stores into it’s own compartment. When you pull the trigger, the zipper or Velcro pops, and the airbag inflates.

But beyond price, pack volume, pack features, and aesthetics (like color), there are 3 main differences. Here's what you need to know.

Rent The Runway, For Ski Gear

GetOutfitted.com will send ski gear to your hotel. | Photo: GetOutfitted.com
GetOutfitted.com will send ski gear to your hotel. | Photo: GetOutfitted.com
For when you don’t want to haul or buy ski gear on your next trip.

Back in 2012, Julian Flores’ wife rented a designer dress from the website Rent the Runway, a fashion company that allows customers to rent designer dresses for a few days at a fraction of what they cost at retail. Flores was just blown away at how easy the process was for her. "She was sent the garment through the mail and used it for a huge party and looked like a million bucks,” he said.

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