Black Diamond AvaLung II
The Black Diamond AvaLung II is the ideal insurance to survive an unexpected avalanche. This innovative product is designed to let an avalanche victim breathe fresh air directly from the snowpack. It deflects CO2 away from the fresh-air intake so you can have more oxygen and be able to withstand for a longer time. This AvaLung has an ultra-light design and only weights 9.3 oz. so you can take it with you on all your mountain trekking. It comes in various sizes, from small to large for you to choose the one that fits you best. The AvaLung may be the most important gear that you have in the event of accidents. The Black Diamond AvaLung II is a must-have addition to your climbing and hiking gear.
This product can only be shipped to U.S. addresses.
The AvaLung II by Black Diamond weighs less than a pound, offers better breathing performance than your own lungs while under snow and wears easily over your existing outerwear.
Black Diamond Avalung II: This nine-ounce shoulder sling may be the most important piece of life-saving equipment you can wear when traveling in avalanche terrain.
—only 265 g (9.3 oz), S/M
•Note: Also available as an AvaLung pack.
|Country of Origin:||China|
|Number of Antenna:||0|
|Weight:||265 g or 9.3 oz (size Small/Medium), 286 g or 10.1 oz (size Medium/Large)|
|Black Diamond Avalung II S/M||$139.95|
|Black Diamond AvaLung II Avalanche Device||$111.96|
The Black Diamond AvaLung II is a must for anyone in the backcountry. The design of this product is genius. Pulling oxygen from your environment and discharging your CO2 will save your life in an avalanche. When you're buried under the snow and waiting for your buddy to get his beacon, shovel, and probe out, time is crucial. Without the Avalung you may only have a few minutes to live. SO I hope your friend is quite a good digger. But with the Avalung and an extra 30-45 minutes of oxygen flow you have a much higher chance of surviving after being buried. Check out my attached picture to really understand the risks.
I use the Avalung with my North Face ABS Vest. Fits perfectly. The mesh part of the vest lines up with the vent for the Avalung to discharge CO2. I've yet had to use it, thankfully. However, I breathe much easier knowing I have the Avalung on me.
If you live in an area with wet snow, you should really really buy this. The wet snow makes it harder to breathe regularly under the weight of snow. And this will really help.
Remember, asphyxiation is not fun. Buy an Avalung.
I got my hands on an Avalung last season and I wore it every day I was in the backcountry and on high avi days in bounds. Its a super small piece of equipment that I hope I never have to use, but if I do its nice to know it is there. I am 5'8" 150 lbs female and lets just say... nature was very generous to me in the chest and I wear a small/med which fits perfect even over some of my baggier ensembles.
I never use the Lung to justify any lines I may choose, its just a piece of gear that is there if I have made a mistake and all else fails.
Make sure you are skiing with it in your mouth cause it wont help if you aren't able to get to the hose once buried.
I love having this thing. It can feel like you are super strapped up when you have your beacon then this then a pack, but you get used to it. One thing is you have to drill yourself to get that mouthpiece in your mouth. I try to think about it at the top and make sure the tube is in a good position. Then if I crash, as soon as I can I try to get the tube in my mouth just for good practice. Another thing to be careful of is feeling invincible. I had a buddy who had one before me who would always say "I'll go first because I have my avaluang." Which is a bad way to think. Airbag, or avalung. It should never effect your decision making.
I got one of these for Christmas and have been lucky enough to use it a few times on deep pow days. No avalanches for me but skiing the deep blower pow, this helps a lot and keeps you from having to stop to come up for air! Part of me wishes I would have spent the extra 40 dollars and got the avalung backpack, but overall I am happy with how this fits and it's ease of use.
Don't leave home without it.
I'm about to start my second season with the Avalung. Thank goodness I haven't had to deploy it yet, but it's nice to know it's there.
At 5'10" with a 41" chest, M/L fits me like a charm and doesn't interfere with pack straps. I like having the standalone Avalung because I can use it with any pack or by itself.
If you spend time in the backcountry, get one of these.
Brilliant idea and not too expensive. On the other hand, it's not easy to ski with it in your mouth due to 1) airflow resistance 2) tension from the tubing.
Also, mouthpiece feels like it's about 20-30 degrees rotated off axis from my mouth.
I will continue to ski with it (why wouldn't you?), but certainly has room for improvement.
Haven't had to use it and hope I never will, but I'm sure it would help me if I do. Sturdy make, easy to wear with other gear and adjust. Breathing through is slightly difficult, but its not meant to replace your mouth.
Just purchased the Black Diamond Avalung II and am stoked. Fits great over a 2XL North Face coat, and my XL Volcom jacket. Its so light, I hardly realize it is there.
Excellent product. I only wish I could get this integrated with some of the ABS solutions out there. But until then I'll continue to rock both. Thank you!
Don't be afraid to be afraid. Always use all the safety gear you can get your hands on.
I had an Avalung pack for 3-4 winters, but I know have an ABS pack & feel it is best for me. I was caught in a slide a couple years ago & could not get the tube in to my mouth was when I was cartwheeling multiple times. I feel safer with this ABS pack I have, plus I do know a couple guys who have had to pull their ABS cord over the last couple winters.
Thankfully there have been no avalanches for me but skiing the deep blower pow, this can keep you from having to stop to come up for air!
In hindsight would have spent the extra money and gone with the avalung backpack. This avalung fits good enough around your chest, but it is still annoying to ski with something strapped to your chest. The avalung backpacks look more comfortable while still having easy acess to the actual avalung.
If you are a female with any sort of bust get the M/L. I thought S/M would be fine. And M/L was for large males?.very wrong. To have room for your beacon, bag, bust, and avalung?.you need the M/L. It was designed for a male and crosses right over?.a very uncomfortable spot. Get the larger version for more strap length to finagle the avalung to fit comfortably.