CityMash.com - Today we learn a valuable lesson. Never toss a gift from your grandmother. Tom Oye, a lucky snowboarder wouldn’t have been so lucky if he did. A few days ago he was snowboarding in the backcountry near Whistler and was caught in a massive avalanche. Before the snow enveloped him, he activated his parachute backpack, which saved his life.
First of all, it’s crucial to check the avalanche advisory before you go skiing and snowboarding because there has been an increase in avalanches, especially in Canada over the passed few years. And if the Australian Snowboarder Tom Oye hadn’t been wearing his inflatable backpack he would have probably died in a dramatic avalanche.
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Posted by Tom Oye on Wednesday, January 11, 2017
The way it works is that the backpack inflates and forms a protective bubble around the wearer of the backpack. Most people who are caught in avalanches die due to suffocation, so the inflatable Jetforce backpack gives the person caught in the avalanche a bit of space to breathe. Plus, larger objects rise to the surface as small objects sink to their death. So if you’re wearing an inflatable backpack you’ll rise to the surface of the snow.
By wearing an inflatable backpack, your chance of avalanche survival is increased by 50%, however like any life saving device, you really need to know how to use it. Unfortunately, 20% of people wearing the inflatable backpacks don’t use them or have them incorrectly set up.
Of course, using a backpack like this won’t be a perfect lifesaver. It really depends on how you use the backpack, where you are and where you are in the trail of the avalanche. So, next time you get a gift from grandma, remember – grandma knows best.