Lift Vest Increases The Chance Of Survival During An Avalanche

Lift Vest aims to increase the chance of survival of a backcountry winter recreationist after an avalanche and protect the wearer against trauma during the rescue activity. Lift Vest is light and simple,  it acts as a life vest by creating an air cavity under the avalanche, helping to keep the victim’s head on top of the snow and protecting the user against physical trauma. This Lift Vest design features an airbag that contains desired amount of air to create enough lift during and after an avalanche. The front handles are pulled strongly so that it breaks the plastic locks to start inflation that requires only 2-3 seconds to complete and protects the user’s head and neck. To sustain till the emergency team arrives, the airbag holds enough air for up to 2 hours of respiration. Moreover, it contains two pressurized cartridges filled with dry air as a fail-safe precaution.

Designer : S. Dogan Sekercioglu

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Schnürgle-Förbler says: March 25, 2011

This interesting idea might increase your chances of surviving something, but a real avalanche is a very violent and destructive force that often carries rocks in it, and generally people die from suffocation once buried in snow, and maybe some rocks… while I can see this protecting one’s head, but you also need to add something to it that either incorporates a small oxygen tank (to keep you alive for a few hours while S&R teams try to find you) that also sends out a radio beacon signal on a known frequency, or even better also fires a projectile up out of the snow (automatically sensing “up” with a basic digital gravimeter-on-a-chip) that carries a semi-rigid breathing tube with it to the surface (so you can breathe air through it) and also inflates a bright red 1m-diam marker to attract rescuers to your position… also consider some chemical warming packs to keep the head warm and melt some of the snow around the person’s head & neck for at least a short while to decrease the effects of hypothermia…

    bracaillon says: June 19, 2012

    nothing new.. .www.snowpulse.com exist for 6 years now with one cylinder…and if you do of piste you need a pack with a probe and shovel what does not allow this product.







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