The Mammut Ultralight Removable Airbag is the lightest airbag pack in the Mammut range. At 20 litres it has enough space for your gear when heading out freeriding or on short day tours. It also offers easy access to the main compartment with a zipped entry via the back of the pack. If you think that airbags are just too heavy to consider then think again.
The pack on its own weighs in at an incredible 500g making it lighter than the vast majority of 20 litre ski packs available. With the Mammut 3.0 airbag it still comes in at an impressive 1.2kg so even with the addition of a cartridge it's still in the same league as some of the more beefy packs around. Despite the serious weight reduction it still has the essential features required for a ski pack.
The 3.0 Removable Airbag differs from the Protection Airbag in that it's more of a large pillow shape known as a 'wing' that doesn't inflate around the head, so it doesn't offer as much trauma protection. It's advantages are that it is lighter, cheaper and takes up a bit less space in the pack. It's also a little easier to remove and install in the pack than the Protection Airbag. For information on how avalanche airbags work in general and the differences between the brands, please read Avalanche Airbag Information.
Travelling with compressed gas is restricted. As airbags become more common the airlines with ski routes are getting more used to dealing with them. Please read our Guide to Flying with Airbags and Refilling them.
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Please note: This pack is not compatible with the Mammut Cartridge Refillable 207 Bar Alu. You must use either the standard steel or carbon cartridge.
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I purchased this bag in after being caught in a small avalanche and have used this for regular lightweight touring (day trips only) as well as off piste / heli days over the last 3 years. I think I have the 2.0 model, not the present 3.0 model but I wouldn`t know the difference and recently I looked at the current model in the Mammut shop in Zurich and couldn`t spot the difference. Pls be aware I`ve never fired this in anger, so to speak, so I can`t speak to the airbag performance / protection.
First of all I can say that paired with the carbon cartridge, this is incredibly light. I have mixed feeling about the overall package; for a seriously lightweight airbag this is the business.
There is enough space in the bag for avi kit, spot/inreach, spare gloves, first aid kit and perhaps a spare gillet. The small padding at the back does a good job of giving some protection against uneven contents. The metal buckle for the waist/leg loop works incredibly well, even with the thickest gloves it is easy to attached with one hand I'm always impressed with this. On that topic, I would have preferred a larger clip for the chest strap. Ice Axe attachment and ski attachment is not the best - the attachment is based around a strap connected by a plastic clip (I think it broke within a month's use), which is just too flimsy. As a result, I carry skis and axe under the shoulder straps.
On the topic of safety, the trigger/handle easily packs away, is in a good place on the left shoulder. The airbag itself it kept in place by some buckles internally (these seem to work well) and is kept away from the outside elements by a zip on the top of the bag, this zip is designed to open when the bag is triggered and is designed to stay closed in normal usage by a bit of Velcro (doesn't work, the zip opens every time, all the time not a problem, but still).
The shovel is packed towards the rear of the bag inside, furthest from the entrance. The shovel handle and probe on the side, of the bag, opposite side to the canister. Accessing the contents of the bag is a phaff, its rear access only the good news is that the bag hook (similar to a coat hook) is large and you can secure the bag on the hill with a pole / axe whilst you get access to the bag. Given the access phaff, I almost always partner this bag with a waist bag for hydration/food. The material for the bag is super lightweight and not waterproof - you need to wrap anything you need to keep dry.
Conclusion, for what it is designed for it does a great job. On days where you don`t need the weight saving, I have found it too much of a compromise. For example, if you need to test the snowpack, un-packing the shovel means removing everything and that is not ideal in mountain environments. I have recently purchased the Mammut Pro Protection 35l for more all round usage.
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