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An Air Bag Disguised as a Jacket

An Air Bag Disguised as a Jacket

The SubQ Jackson Jacket is a combo ski shell and avalanche air-bag pack. The jacket is burly, waterproof, and breathable; the small pack, which hitches to a reinforced-mesh vest, holds gear, water, and of course an ABS double-air-bag system that deploys with a yank on the shoulder pull. Attach the shell and pack together and they become a wearable safety system. Because the gear is attached to the jacket, it jiggles less than other avalanche kits, becoming unnoticeable while you ride. [$1,099;]

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