Arc’teryx teams up with Ortovox to create lightweight avalanche airbag tech

Arc'teryx recently teamed up with Ortovox to hone and refine an avalanche airbag system that is both lightweight and technically advanced. (image credit: Arc’teryx)
The new LiTRIC system features an advanced lithium-ion battery pack, cold-tolerant supercapacitors and an ultra-light 150L airbag. (image credit: Arc’teryx)
A high-performance centrifugal compressor with a compact axial diffuser fills the airbag in four seconds, doing away with the need for compressed gas. (image credit: Arc’teryx)
Off-piste fans, back-country skiers and winter sports adventurers can enjoy a battery runtime of 60-hours. (image credit: Arc’teryx)
Riders will get at least two inflations out of one battery, negating the need to charge and significantly upping the safety credentials of such a system. (image credit: Arc’teryx)
Inflating in under four seconds, the advanced airbag backpack technology is designed to keep skiers and riders at the snow's surface during an avalanche event. (image credit: Arc’teryx)
The technology is shrouded in an equally advanced Arc’teryx pack that is available in three sizes, from 16L to a multi-day, tour-friendly 42L. (image credit: Arc’teryx)