The 2016-2017 line-up of Highmark by Snowpulse Avalanche Airbags utilizes both the 2.0 and new 3.0 Technology from Snowpulse. You’ll find the 2.0 Technology in the VEST and PRO Avalanche Airbags and the new 3.0 Technology in the SPIRE LT and RIDGE 3.0. All product utilize the same cylinder (typically called the Snowpulse 2.0 Air Canister).
Both technologies are current and effective. However, there are some advantages to the new 3.0 Inflation System.
The All New 3.0 Inflation System is ultralight and ultracompact. It features a new handle, user-friendly set-up and a much lighter system.
The Handle | In an emergency situation, deployment of the airbag needs to be fast and intuitive. Studies have shown that in an extreme situation, many users are over-challenged and do not manage to activate the airbag. Snowpulse’s new deployment handle is more intuitive to operate and is also height-adjustable to allow it to be adapted to the wearer’s body height. The deployment handle is now a bright orange color to make it even more visible. There is no change to the tried-and-tested “T” shape of the deployment handle. The handle can be folded to allow compact storage in the shoulder strap. Both of these features are unchanged from the 2.0 Handle.
The Inflation System | The Inflation System 3.0 describes the component used to deploy the airbag. The system activates the deployment mechanism which opens the pressure cartridge with a pin and fills the airbag. The integrated air volume amplifier also sends ambient air to the airbag in addition to the gas stored in the pressure cartridge. One of Snowpulse’s objectives for the new development was to bring the air volume amplifier and deployment mechanism together in a single housing in order to save space and weight. The inflation system is reliable, low-maintenance and extremely user-friendly: just screw the cartridge in and you’re ready to go!
Weight | The Snowpulse 3.0 is Snowpulse’s lightest airbag system of all time and weighs less than 1 liter of water. At less than 1kg, this is the lightest system they have ever developed.