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New avalanche airbag technology

Litric technology enables the systems to weigh just 1,100 grams.

10th February 2022

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Taufkirchen, Germany


Ortovox and Arc’teryx, two leaders in mountain safety equipment and apparel, have teamed up to develop a new avalanche airbag technology for Winter 2022 that is lightweight, intuitive and reliable.

Litric technology enables both brands to produce airbag systems that weigh just 1,100 grams and feature an electronic system run by supercapacitors and a long-lasting lithium ion battery that holds 60 hours of charge for at least two inflations. This makes multi-day tours possible with no need for recharging. The system can be tested any number of times at no additional cost and easily charged at home via USB-C. With no cartridge, there’s also more space for gear.

From the height-adjustable, secure deployment handle to the reimagined safety leg strap, the intuitive design makes Litric easy to operate and simple to pack away. On the side of the pack, the LED display shows the charge state of the system and its readiness for operation.

The Ortovox Avabag Litric Tour, Freeride and Zero packs will be available in stores in 2022.

The Ortovox Avabag Litric. © Ortovox

Avabag Litric Tour has a modular Litric airbag base specifically designed for tourers in two back lengths – regular and short. The pack can be adapted for its intended use with two tour-specific zip-on bags from 28 to 40 litres. The lightweight full contact light back system fits snugly to the back, providing a high level of comfort on long tours, and the circumferential zipper to the main compartment offers quick access to the main compartment. Litric Tour has all the necessary attachment options for skis, snowboards, ice axes, and ropes as well as a helmet net, and space for climbing skins. Additionally, avalanche rescue equipment can be stowed in a separate safety compartment.

Avabag Litric Freeride is designed for freeriding and Zero is designed for tourers seeking to keep things as lightweight as possible. There is ample packing space for day tours and it is equipped with the important features, like attachment options for skis, an ice axe or poles. The safety gear can be stored in the main compartment. 

The entire Avabag Litric collection is climate neutral and PFC-free.

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