The POWDER staff is attending SIA in Denver this week--the snow sports industry’s biggest trade show, where we are getting a first look at the best gear for skiers. For more reviews and first looks at new gear, go here.

As mom always said, safety first. She also probably said practice makes perfect. With those thoughts in mind Ortovox reengineered its approach to the airbag pack. The Avabag is lighter and simplified from previous models of airbag packs and provides the opportunity to practice pulling the trigger without deploying the pack and emptying your cartridge of CO2. With only 20 pieces making up the simplified airbag system (compared to 70 in the old system), it weighs in at almost half the weight as the original system (now 690 grams) without sacrificing performance or safety. The Avabag system will be available across all Ortovox models of airbag packs starting in the 2017/18 season.