GEAR: Highmark Ridge Avalanche Airbag
New for Winter 2015/2016 from Highmark by Snowpulse is the HIghmark Ridge, a spin-off of the brand’s lightweight and minimalist Pitch avalanche airbag which has been popularized by top professional riders such as Chris Burandt.
Not just the pros, but recreational sledders alike have begun to recognize the advantages of moving as much gear weight as possible off their body and onto their sled. This growing trend is in part due to the increased availability of super slick “on-sled” storage options that have come about in the last number of years from both the manufacturers and aftermarket companies like Skinz Protective Gear. The advantages are obvious; getting that weight off your back means more freedom of movement, more comfort and less fatigue at the end of the day (or in the middle for that matter).
With that in mind, the new Highmark Ridge airbag follows in the footsteps of its predecessor, the Pitch (which is also still available from the Highmark). It remains a low-profile pack, featuring 15L of minimalist space in its main compartment. However, the company recognized that many sledders prefer the exterior shovel carry system that is offered throughout the rest of the Highmark line and decided to create the Ridge with that very feature to meet the demand.
Now sledders with a preference for carrying only the necessities can enjoy a small, lightweight pack that doesn’t require the bag to be opened to access the shovel. That means a little more space inside for the important stuff—room enough for your probe, first aid kit, spare goggles and a snack. And you don’t have to worry about stuffing your snow-covered shovel blade back in with your dry stuff after you’re unstuck.
The pack comes with the Highmark Removable Airbag System (RAS) that can be taken out for use in summer months.
The HIghmark Ridge sells for $749 CAD and requires a Snowpulse 2.0 Cylinder which can be used with any Highmark avalanche airbag, sold separately at $219 CAD.
For more info check out: www.snowpulsehighmark.com