Ortovox Ascent 40 Avabag (without AVAunit)

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Ortovox Ascent 40 AVABAG

This product is the AVABAG backpack without the airbag unit or canister.  The AVABAG system gives you the flexibility to move the airbag unit from one bag to another.  For example, the airbag unit can be swapped into this bag from an AVABAG 22 kit, to cut down weight if you plan on a longer tour.

The ASCENT 40 AVABAG is the ideal airbag backpack for longer ski tours or backcountry adventures lasting several days. This is a technical and ultralight airbag-compatible rucksack that has been designed around the lighweight Ortovox AVABAG system. The 40 litre capacity is distributed over three internal pockets, allowing easy organisation of your equipment.  Sleeping mats and sleeping bags can be quickly attached to the outside using the additional loops.  To achieve this low overall weight in the ASCENT line, Ortovox have used lightweight but scuff-resistant material. A soft, foamed 3D back system provides for the high wear comfort that is essential on longer tours.

This ski touring backpack is compatible with the AVABAG airbag system developed by ORTOVOX: the system weighs only 690 grams*, is extremely compact, removable and can easily be activated again and again without the cartridge attached. This allows for activation training to prepare for quick and correct action in an emergency.

A ski touring backpack not only needs to be functional – it also has to be comfortable, especially on long tours. With the ASCENT 40, high wear comfort is ensured by the soft foam moulded 3D back system, which is both lightweight and strong. The avalanche backpack also boasts many technical features, including an ice axe and hiking pole fastening, snow shoe attachment, circumferential zipper for quick access to equipment, diagonal ski attachment for greater wear comfort and much more (see graphic below)!   

*Weight fluctuations of +/- 4% may arise during manufacturing.

The advantages of the AVABAG system at a glance:

  • extremely light and  compact airbag system
  • activation training without cartridge
  • handle design optimized for activation: the handle can be gripped with any type of glove, and is suitable for both left and right-handed users
  • removable and compatible with all ORTOVOX AVABAG backpacks
  • no electronics, so no worries about battery failure or software pr

Gas canister for AVABAG kit supplied separately.

Key Features of the Ascent 40 AVABAG at a glance:

Key Features of Ortovox AVABAG 40

SIZING: This version of the Ascent AVABAG will suite a back size of 42-50cm, measured from the top of the hip bone to the base of the neck, as shown below.

Ortovox airbag backpack size guide




  • Removable helmet net
  • Locking clasp (hip belt)
  • Release grip height adjustable
  • Key holder
  • Rope attachment
  • Safety leg strap
  • Illustration of alpine emergency signals
  • Bright Inside
  • Chest strap with signal whistle
  • D-Skifix
  • Access to main compartment: front
  • Compression strap
  • Gear loops
  • Ice axe and hiking pole fastening x2
  • Rope attachment
  • Separate safety compartment
  • Snowboard and snowshoe attachment
  • SOS emergency information
  • Hydration system compatible
  • Circumferential zipper
  • Water-resistant thanks to PU-coated material.
  • Water-resistant zipper
  • Total weight of rucksack, AVA system and cartridge 2290g
  • Weight backpack alone 1290g
  • Weight AVABAG unit 690g
  • Weight Activation Unit Carbon 310g
  • Nylon 420D Oxford HD + Nylon 100D Robic Ripstop.

Ortovox Avabag Airbag Backpack Range Overview of Key Features


UK shipping 

We offer FREE STANDARD UK DELIVERY for all items. Items should normally be delivered within 3-5 working days. 

EXPRESS DELIVERY ​is available for £4.99.  We also offer SUPER-EXPRESS delivery (a next day before 1 pm courier service) for £14.99.  Give us a call or send a message if you need things more urgently and we'll see what we can do.

European shipping

We routinely deliver to Austria, Belgium, Baltic States, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Norway, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden and Switzerland.  For orders up to £150 we charge a flat delivery rate of £9.99 for EU countries and £17.50 for Norway and Switzerland, with FREE SHIPPING for orders over £150.  Please contact us if you'd like delivery to a country outside of this list.

Rest of the world

For Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada we charge a flat rate of £29.99, but heavier items may incur an additional charge.  We're sorry, but we are unable to ship airbag canisters outside of the UK.


We offer a 21 DAY RETURNS policy, which allows you to cancel your purchase within 21 days of receipt of the item (Christmas Purchases - returns period is extended to 21st January for all purchases from 14th November until 31st December). 

UK returns:  We are a small family business and cannot offer free returns at the moment.   To return any item please post to the address below, or if you prefer you can download a printable address label in word format here, or in pdf format here.  We strongly recommend that the items are sent via a tracked delivery service as the goods will be your responsibility until they reach us. If you used PayPal to purchase your item, you could consider using the PayPal refunded returns service.  You must return the goods back to us within 14 days of cancelling the purchase. It's important that returned items are in the best possible condition and suitable for resale, so please take reasonable care of them and return in undamaged original packaging. 

Euro and worldwide returns: Please contact us for advice on returning your items.  

Full delivery and returns information, including return labels that can be printed, are here.

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