Originally Posted by Spanish Armada
I always have it on in the limited touring I have done, though it only goes in my mouth if something makes me think I am in a posistion of danger.
If you think a situation is dangerous, why would you put yourself in it in the first place? This is what concerns me about devices such as avalungs. Do people put themselves in dangerous situations because they're wearing an avalung? If I have any doubt about the stability of a slope in the bc, I stay away from it.
You people who wear Avalungs , you gotta ask yourself when you stick the tube in your mouth. "Would I ski this slope if I wasn't wearing an Avalung?" If your answer isn't a solid "hell yes" then this devise is giving you a false sense of security.
I read an article in some mountaineering magazine some years back, it stated that when beacons became mainstream in the back country, the stats for people getting caught up in slides went way up. Is this cuz people all of a sudden got braver with the new technology?
I'm not saying Avalungs aren't a good idea... these are just questions you gotta ask yourself. If wearing an Avalung is making you a bolder person in the bc... it that a good thing?