The Snowpulse Highmark Pro PAS is the avalanche airbag system of choice for backcountry snowmobilers. The Highmark Pro is the top of the line airbag, setting a new standard for snowmobiling packs. This 22L Protection Airbag System is the only airbag to offer trauma protection for the head, neck and chest of the user. Hard core sledder's know the importance of safety, function, and quality when you are riding miles from anywhere. Snowpulse by Highmark has continued to developing and refine Avalanche Airbags specifically for sledder’s. The result is an unbeatable pack providing the ultimate in safety, comfort and durability.
The Highmark by Snowpulse PRO is the most popular avalanche airbag used by snowmobile professionals, including Brett Turcotte, Cory Davis and Chris Brown. Utilizing the famous Snowpulse Protection Airbag System (PAS) from Mammut (formerly the “Lifebag” system), the horseshoe-shaped avalanche airbag makes the 22L Highmark PRO the safest avalanche pack available for sledders.
7.1 lbs (3220 g) – measured with Airbag and Cylinder
Protection Airbag System (PAS) – Removable
Interior Probe Sleeve
Exterior Handle Holder, Exterior Blade Sleeve
Front Pocket, Avalanche Safety Pocket, Main Stow
Fleece-lined, oversized pocket
Adjustable Frame, Adjustable Height Hip-Belt
1 Left Hip Pocket
Aluminum & Plastic
One-Size Fits All
Increased Chance of Survival
The functioning of the avalanche airbag is based on the physical principle of "inverse segregation". This sorting effect means that in an equally moving mass of particles, the smaller particles gravitate to the bottom while the larger ones rise to the surface. The avalanche airbag increases the wearer's volume, significantly boosting this effect. The avalanche airbag can therefore help to keep the wearer's body on the surface of the snow and thus prevent complete burial. Easy to be located, the size and bright color of the avalanche airbag assists with rapid location.
Head On Top Technology
Similar to a life vest used in water, the Snowpulse airbag is designed to keep you on your back with your head out of the snow. With the innovative shape and position of the airbag, the Snowpulse airbag is the best solution for keeping an avalanche victim on the surface and avoiding asphyxiation.
Protect Your Head, Neck and Chest from Shocks During an Avalanche
It is important to know that 10 to 25% (and almost 30% in North America) of avalanche deaths were due to shocks, and injuries to the chest and head represented 88% of cases. Only Snowpulse airbags are designed to protect the head, back of neck and chest.
Time Saving During an Avalanche
Thanks to its bright color the airbag is easy to see on the surface and therefore, saves time finding an avalanche victim.
Lightweight and Ergonomic Design
The Snowpulse airbag is an extremely light and compact avalanche system. Because the airbag is stored in the shoulder straps, valuable carrying space is saved, and the weight is well distributed on your back and close to your body. Snowpulse backpacks offer considerable comfort, whatever the load.
Burst Zipper Technology
The airbag is enclosed using a special ‘Burst Zipper’ which runs along the shoulder straps and over the top of the bag. When the airbag is inflated the ‘Burst Zipper’ opens allowing the airbag to inflate. The zipper is not damaged during inflation and can be re-zipped and reused.
Snowpulse by Highmark utilizes the Snowpulse Technology from Mammut. In short, this means you get the absolute best technology available in Avalanche Airbags from one of the world’s leaders in Avalanche Safety.
Below are several diagrams depicting the technologies utilized by Snowpulse by Highmark. For more information, it is recommended that you check out the How To Videos.
The Mammut® Protection Airbag System is the newly developed version of the well-known Snowpulse® Lifebag System. The special shape of the airbag and its clever integration in different backpacks are unique features. The shape of the airbag protects the wearer’s head, neck and chest area from mechanical injuries and in the event of an avalanche ensures an optimal position by keeping the wearer’s head and upper body on the surface.
The Protection Airbag can therefore not only help to prevent complete burial, it also offers additional protection from mechanical injuries. In addition to the safety features, we have succeeded in designing a completely “removable” airbag system. This allows the user to swap on system between several backpacks, allowing him or her to always select the most suitable backpack for the relevant application.
The “Head on Top Technology” ensures that in most cases the wearer comes to rest in a seated position with their back facing down the slope and their head on the surface of the snow. This is the ideal position since the respiratory tracts are not covered by snow, thus reducing the risk of suffocation. The background to the “Head on Top Technology” is the special shape and positioning of the airbag. The main buoyancy volume of the airbag is located around and above the wearer’s head.
Around 20% (varies depending on country and season) of deaths in avalanches are caused by trauma.
These are mechanical injuries incurred as the victim is swept along in the avalanche. Trauma occurs with even greater frequency in areas below the tree line. These injuries are often in the head, neck and chest area. It is precisely these very sensitive areas of the body which are protected by the special shape of the airbag.
The effect of the avalanche airbag is based on the principle of inverse segregation. This means that in an equally moving mass of particles the smaller particles gravitate to the bottom while the larger ones rise to the surface. The airbag considerably increases this effect, expanding the wearer’s volume and thus helping to prevent his or her complete burial. It also helps to keep the wearer’s head on the surface of the snow and its bright color makes it faster to locate.
The airbag works by pulling the handle to deploy the pressure cartridge. The gas from the pressure cartridge and the integrated Venturi valve inflate an airbag volume of 150 liters in three seconds.
The functioning of the avalanche airbag is based on the physical principle of “inverse segregation”. This sorting effect means that in an equally moving mass of particles, the smaller particles gravitate to the bottom while the larger ones rise to the surface. The avalanche airbag increases the wearer’s volume, significantly boosting this effect. The avalanche airbag can therefore help to keep the wearer’s body on the surface of the snow and thus prevent complete burial.
The size and bright color of the avalanche airbag assists with rapid location.
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purchase. We will notify you immediately if the item is sold out or on back
order. They normally ship from our distribution center and take 7-10 business
days for delivery.