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Mammut Ride RAS 30L Review

Mammut Ride Removable Airbag
Price:   $699 List | $349.83 at REI
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Pros:  Modular airbag, best snowboard carrying system, frame, back panel and shoulder straps are awesome.
Cons:  Snow safety pocket is a bit small, diagonal ski carry system is just okay.
Bottom line:  A solid, but pretty no-frills design that brings very good backcountry utility and below avergae weight with a modular airbag system
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Manufacturer:   Mammut

Our Verdict

The Mammut Ride Removable Airbag 30L airbag pack scored very well in our tests and is several hundred dollars less than many airbag packs on the market, but still $150 more than our Best Buy, the Backcountry Access Float 32. The RAS comes in some of the shortest torso lengths and features narrower shoulder straps, making it great for smaller users. For many folks, this could more than make up for the $150 difference between it and the Backcountry Access Float 32. This pack has tons of great features, such as a goggle pocket, internal zipped key pocket and stowable helmet attachment, and it is made with super durable materials and reinforcements. The Ride RAS is also the best airbag pack for carrying a snowboard. We do wish the safety gear pocket was a little bigger; folks with big shovels or long probes might struggle with this pocket.

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Score Product Price Volume Cost + Extra? Weight with Cartridge
Editors' Choice Award
28L $1450 for everything 7.5 lbs.
35L minus system 950+$200 for the cartridge 7.19 lbs.
Best Buy Award
22L useable space 500+175 for cartridge 6.5 lbs.
40L $1450 for everything 7.69 lbs.
Top Pick Award
32L useable space 550+175 for cartirdige 7.06 lbs.
27L useable Space $600+$175 for cartridge 7.06 lbs.
42L useable space $700+$175 for cartridge 7.19 lbs.
Top Pick Award
30L $700+$200 for the cartridge 5.63 lbs.
30L minus system $900+$200 for the cartridge 6 lbs.
30L minus system 700+200 for cartridge 6.38 lbs.
28L minus system 700+$200 for the cartridge 6.38 lbs.
30L $600+$175 for cartridge 7.88 lbs.
11L $1400 for everything 7.5 lbs.
32L +7L of useable space $1200 includes cartridge 7.19 lbs.

Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results

Review by:
Ian Nicholson
Review Editor

Last Updated:
December 1, 2015


Airbag Features

The Mammut Ride Removable Airbag uses a single 150L bag that inflates above your head through a breakaway zippered pocket. This size and shape is more or less the standard among avalanche airbag packs. It doesn't offer anything special like two bags for redundancy or a head/neck wrap shape for trauma protection, but it is still incredibly effective at its most important task: keeping the wearer on top of the snow, and there are exceptionally few cases of a single bag failing.
On the left  a deployed RAS system on the Mammut Ride RAS 30L. On the right  the RAS unit.
On the left, a deployed RAS system on the Mammut Ride RAS 30L. On the right, the RAS unit.

The RAS: Removable Airbag System
The RAS system (Removable Airbag System) available from Mammut is similar to the ABS Vario series in that you can buy one airbag system ($450) and a canister ($200) and move it among multiple packs that are all around $280. That compares with Mammut's PAS (Protection Airbag System) that costs $600 and offers an airbag that wraps around your head to both prevent trauma and increase the odds of having your head sticking out of the snow. The ABS Vario's base unit is $980, the canister/triggers are $180, and the packs are around $100-$125. So for two packs and one base unit, there isn't a huge amount of difference in total cost.

Trigger Mechanism
Unlike the ABS packs, the trigger is not interchangeable between shoulder straps and is fixed on the left side. The trigger mechanism is not as important a factor to consider when buying an airbag pack as are other features. That said, the trigger mechanism on the Mammut Ride RAS isn't the best, but is still highly reliable.

Refilling Options
Mammut uses compressed air canisters in the airbag system. Compressed air, while slightly lower in performance compared with compressed nitrogen, is much easier and cheaper to refill. Mammut's cartridges use a pretty standard fitting and can be refilled at most scuba shops, paintball shops, and some outdoor gear stores for around $5-$20. If you own a scuba tank, have a glass blowing setup or anything else that uses compressed air you can buy an adapter from BCA and refill your own canisters.

Travel Considerations
This is a big advantage of Mammut using compressed air over compressed nitrogen. TSA and the FAA allow you to fly with an empty compressed air canister as long as it's in your checked baggage. A good tip is to keep the box that your canister came in; then, when you fly, put it back in this box to clearly define what your canister is and help make sure TSA doesn't take your canister away from you. I go one extra step and put a note on mine, saying it's empty and that it's for an avalanche airbag pack

Comfort and Fit

The Ride Removable Airbag comes in two sizes, this one and the Mammut Ride Short RAS 28L. This does a wonderful job of helping to fit a greater range of people. Both sizes run on the short side relative to the other airbag packs we tested. On the Mammut Ride Short Removable, the shoulder straps are noticably narrower and super articulated; the Ride Short Removable Airbag is the most likely airbag pack to fit smaller women or narrower-shouldered men. Mammut uses high quality foam and an awesome articulation in the shoulder straps and waist belt, giving one of the better fits in our review. We also like the frame in this pack; it transferred the load to the waist belt fantastically well.

Backcountry Pack Functionality

The Ride looks like most like normal ski packs. It has a nice zippered internal pocket for keys or other easily lost items and a nice fleece-lined goggle pocket. The snow safety pocket is well laid out but it is a little on the small side. It will fit everything you need as long as your shovel handle or probe isn't too long. The RAS part of the pack (or Removable Airbag System) is great because it means you can drop around a pound and a half from your pack if you go out on a lower danger day, spring skiing or to use it as a more traditional pack in the summer.
Showing the zippered snow safety gear pocket on the Mammut Ride RAS 30L and the Mammut Ride Short RAS. This pocket was among our favorites but could fit bigger than average probes or shovels. We could fit our skins in this pocket but it was more challenging.
Showing the zippered snow safety gear pocket on the Mammut Ride RAS 30L and the Mammut Ride Short RAS. This pocket was among our favorites but could fit bigger than average probes or shovels. We could fit our skins in this pocket but it was more challenging.
This pack is tough: it features durable fabrics, well-placed reinforcements and large gauge zippers. We also liked that it had not only the metal waist belt buckle that nearly all airbag packs use, but also had metal buckles on shoulder straps, taking one more step to make sure it doesn't get ripped off you.

Some small downsides to the Mammut Ride Removable Airbag 30L are that it has no waist belt pockets and the airbag system eats into the pack volume. This pack felt a little more spacious than the Patrol 24, but not nearly as big as the Snowpulse Lite 35 or the Backcountry Access Float 32.
Showing the ski attachement system on the Mammut Ride RAS 30L and the Ride Short RAS. It uses three points of contact  a big loop and the bottom and two straps that come across the pack. This worked the best of packs that had similar systems.
Showing the ski attachement system on the Mammut Ride RAS 30L and the Ride Short RAS. It uses three points of contact, a big loop and the bottom and two straps that come across the pack. This worked the best of packs that had similar systems.

Carry Skis/Snowboard

The Ride RAS 30L is probably the best pack to carry a snowboard, being just a little bit better than the North Face Patrol ABS 24. For skiers who like A-framing their skis, the Mammut Ride Removable Airbag excels. While there is some debate as to whether carrying them in this style possibly affects airbag deployment, the Ride Removable Airbag gives you the option. The Ride RAS 30L was a little below average at carrying skis diagonally, offering slightly awkward straps that had the skis slipping down after long booters.

Performance on the Down

The performance on the down is basically each pack's "ride-ability". We measureed how we felt they carried and moved with us while skiing and snowboarding. We thought the back panel and Y-shaped support stay offered a nice combination of freedom of movement and support, but the Mammut Ride Removable Airbag did have one drawback. We didn't like how far out the pack stuck from our back. It made the pack feel more cumbersome than several other packs we tested. The shoulder straps fit most of our users okay, but they weren't great. The ride-ability and the small safety gear pocket were items that kept it from winning an award.

Overall Cost Breakdown

The cost of airbag packs can be confusing because some manufacturers include the cartridge in the price and some don't. Some companies sell options without the airbag system or base unit, so make sure you know what you are buying. With the Mammut Ride Removable Airbag 30L, the pack is $700 and the canister is $200. Together you will often see them priced around $875, offering a small discount. The advantage of the RAS system is once you have the canister and the airbag system, each additional pack is only around $300.


At around 6lbs and a half pounds the Mammut Ride Removable Airbag is in the middle of the road, to maybe slightly on the lighter side of airbag packs on the market. It is around half a pound lighter than either the the Black Diamond Halo 28 JetForce (7lbs 3oz) or the Black Diamond Saga 40 JetForce but around a half a pound heavier than the Backcountry Access Float 22. The Mammut Light Removable Airbag is a pound and a half lighter but has less features.
Ian Nicholson

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