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SubQ Designs Announces Brand Launch with First-Ever ABS® Airbag Integrated Jacket

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Grand Rapids, Mich. (December 9, 2015)SubQ Designs, a new backcountry performance outerwear company focused on breakthrough integrated safety design, announces its brand launch with first to market product reveal, the Jackson Airbag Jacket.

“The Jackson Airbag Jacket is the result of over three years of technology design and rigorous development testing,” said Corbin Redli, founder of SubQ Designs. “The Jackson Airbag is designed to equip experienced backcountry and side country travelers with a lighter, versatile and overall more efficient backcountry safety system.”

The new performance jacket is built with a complete ABS® avalanche airbag system and is designed for the everyday backcountry skier, snowboarder and snowmobiler with safety and performance as top priority. The whole system is constructed out of an outer shell, an inner vest harness and various accessories, and the shell and harness interact though strategic openings in the shell. The ABS airbag system, the harness and the clip-on shovel/ probe carrier can all be attached or removed for personalization of the setup, depending on usage needs for the day ahead.


“Versatility and breathability are the key features in this SubQ Designs jacket,” continued Redli. “Combining outerwear with the convenience of an interior vest that contains your beacon, probe, shovel and ABS airbag all wrapped up into one produces one very efficient backcountry jacket.”

The Jackson Airbag Jacket features rugged construction, and the advanced support structure of the SubQ vest allows for minimal swing weight. The total weight of the system (jacket, vest, ABS airbag system) is 8 pounds, 11 ounces. Other key features of the jacket include:

  • Enlarged helmet-compatible hood with micro-adjustment points
  • Oversized collar with microsuede chin guard
  • Ergonomic powder skirt with three-point pant attachment
  • 10,000mm/10,000mm waterproof breathability
  • Elastic grip sleeve loop lock with adjustable cuff
  • Two oversized chest pockets for skins
  • Underarm two-way zipper ventilation
  • Two internal stretch mesh pockets for goggles, phone, accessories

Key features of the pack and vest include:

  • Ultra breathable antibacterial/antimicrobial lightweight mesh
  • Easy access beacon pocket
  • Hydration bladder sleeve with hanger
  • Ski/snowboard carry straps with 4mm glove-friendly buckles
  • Pack cover has expandable zip, tank-access specific zip
  • Two airbags with 170 liters volume
  • Better bearing surface thanks to double airbags
  • ABS Vario-pack compatible

“We are thrilled to partner with SubQ Designs on this innovative product,” said Matti Schmidt, ABS director of sales and marketing, North America. “When paired with proper backcountry knowledge and experience, the Jackson Airbag provides a multipurpose and efficient backcountry product. In an emergency situation, the ABS Twinbags can help to stay on top of an avalanche.”

The new SubQ Designs website launched today and can be visited at Presale price is $1299 and orders are being accepted starting today through December 31, 2015. Product will be available for shipment the first week of January 2016.


About SubQ Designs

SubQ Designs is focused on the progression of backcountry products without the influence of the retail system or current design. We perform extensive research and stringent testing measures that push us into improving or designing new products that will make our outdoor enthusiasts safer and less restricted than competing products. To learn more, visit

About ABS

ABS Peter Aschauer GmbH is a dynamically growing, owner-managed company with a commitment to avalanche safety inspired by a passion for winter sports. For 30 years, the ABS avalanche airbag has been the original product, sold in 25 countries worldwide. Field-tested on hundreds of occasions, the ABS system works where it counts: in the avalanche. In the event of an avalanche, it can help to prevent burial and therefore significantly increase the chances of survival. ABS’ success and market leadership are underpinned by innovation and stringent quality standards.