Joined: Tue Dec 27, 2005 6:21 pm Posts: 86 Location: Fort Collins, CO
I want to get an Avalung this year, but I can't decide what model. I have several different BC packs (1800 - 3500) and use them all throughout the winter so I'm not sure that I want to be tied down to a certain pack because it has an Avalung. But at the same time it seems that people aren't always happy with the sling version. What do you guys think pack or sling?
The problem I found with the sling style is that I was always taking if off and putting it back on when changing layers.
Before the packs were available, I tried strapping the sling version to the left shoulder strap of my existing pack. Zip ties and small straps worked well. The problem was that it made it hard to reach the loop to tighten the shoulder strap.
Now I just leave it in the pack on the way up and only put in on when heading down.
I think you are safe from a design standpoint with the BD pack interface and it possibly getting ripped off. I mean, if the avalanche is that violent that your pack gets ripped off, that probably means your arms got ripped off, your legs are mangled, and neck is broken.
I went with the sling model myself. The BD packs just do not cater enough to snowboarding for my tastes. If you change layers often that could be a pain I suppose. The one time I had to change layers (remove basically) during a day I just stashed it with my coat on the pack. We weren't skinning in avy terrain. I then put it back on with my jacket before our drop. Generally in Colorado, I find that I am not changing what I am wearing much. It's too frickin' cold. I might throw a down jacket over what I am wearing while standing around, and wearing the avalung under that is no problem.
Joined: Mon Dec 26, 2005 8:31 pm Posts: 90 Location: Salt Lake
I have used both and for similar reasons I to thought the sling version was inconvienent while shedding and adding layers while the anarchist has become my favorite pack . I don't know about sucking monkey balls but possibly buffalo shlong
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Maybe I need to try an avylung pack, but I really don't have much of a problem with the sling. I would rather deal with that then have a shitty board carry. I frequently need to carry my board when traveling on the divide for a fair amount of distance.
Joined: Sat Feb 04, 2006 8:59 am Posts: 550 Location: Stowe, VT
I have the covert (small one, right?) and I have not carried my split in board mode, but I think it will work better in split mode on the two sides.
Food for though, I saw a guy in the wasatch last season with a sling-style avalung shoe-horned into his non-BD pack. Some significant modification of the avalung was necessary, so this may not be a particularly good idea.