The Abssystem web site (http://www.abssystem.com/index.htm
) isn't marvellously clear, but here is a clip.RESULTS
100 known accidents (with ABS) involving 119 Persons (with ABS) 106 Persons with fully inflated Air Bag - 3 persons techn. Failure - 2 persons with improper handling (empty cartridge) – 1 person did not carry handle – 7 persons did not pull rip cord/handle
13 Persons without or with only partially filled Air Bags: 3 persons uninjured, 6 persons silghtly injured, 4 persons dead
106 People with inflated Air Bag: 53 Persons not burried 42 Persons partially burried 11 Persons completely burried (head) but with Air Bags visible on the surface
1 Person with ABS dead (due to second avalanche) and with Air Bags not visible on the surface1 Person with inflated Air Bag died (due to second avalanche) 105 People with inflated Air Bags survived !
Statistics presented by the Avalanche Institute in Davos, Switzerland
I'm pretty convinced. More importantly, so are people I trust who know a lot more than me. Of course, it's easier to use an ABS if you don't have to climb for five hours carrying all your kit (or aren't a middle-aged gaper