Hikers Fall but They Can Get Up

The Survival Hiking Bag creates a protective barrier in the form of an air bag which envelopes the body when a hiker falls. It releases automatically due to acceleration via CO2 compressed air. The bag extends the survival chances by reducing the level of injury when one falls off a cliff. The polyester material is waterproof and brightly colored to make it easier for rescuers to spot.


Designers: Wong Hok Pan Sam & Lo Man Chun

45 Comments

  • Jan Moys says:

    Very amusing. A complex solution to a non-existent problem, created by someone who has clearly never been hiking.

    • srly? says:

      I find it dumb that a ton of people are just bashing on this product like Jan Moys which obviously just looks at designs and just throws out a fast conclusion which is not well thought out and just stupid (kinda like fox news, egotistical and a bunch of ignorant people). Yes i agree this tool is dumb for hiking, but it will work for people who mountain bike and do downhill. In fact there was a designer who invented (and had a functioning prototype) of an air bag helmet which deployed when the rider was experiencing a sudden change of acceleration. This was a concept to solve the problem of wearing "ugly" bike helmets. This airbag concept can easily be applied to a biker to provide additional protection.

  • Jan Moys says:

    Very amusing. A complex solution to a non-existent problem, created by someone who has clearly never been hiking.

    • srly? says:

      I find it dumb that a ton of people are just bashing on this product like Jan Moys which obviously just looks at designs and just throws out a fast conclusion which is not well thought out and just stupid (kinda like fox news, egotistical and a bunch of ignorant people). Yes i agree this tool is dumb for hiking, but it will work for people who mountain bike and do downhill. In fact there was a designer who invented (and had a functioning prototype) of an air bag helmet which deployed when the rider was experiencing a sudden change of acceleration. This was a concept to solve the problem of wearing “ugly” bike helmets. This airbag concept can easily be applied to a biker to provide additional protection.

      • Jan Moys says:

        Thank you for agreeing with me, albeit by also suggesting I am 'just stupid'. The design is very specifically for a hiking airbag, not a biking airbag, hence why a 'ton of people' find it ridiculous. We're not talking about the airbag concept, which is clearly useful in certain contexts, we're talking about this application of it – something even you in your well thought out and considered response describe as 'dumb'.

  • Eddd222 says:

    I also don't know how safe it is to have an airbag blow when it is wrapped around your neck.

    It's the same size as a car airbag and it needs to be inflated at approx the same speed.

    sounds like something out of the old Rutger Hauer movie wedlock

  • Eddd222 says:

    I also don't know how safe it is to have an airbag blow when it is wrapped around your neck.

    It's the same size as a car airbag and it needs to be inflated at approx the same speed.

    sounds like something out of the old Rutger Hauer movie wedlock

  • everlastingz says:

    obviously not created by engineers who observed a potentially small problem.

  • everlastingz says:

    obviously not created by engineers who observed a potentially small problem.

  • James says:

    Loved Jan Moys description of this, couldn't have put it much better myself. I'd need to see a video of this being used as I can't tell what it's really for. It just seems to be an in-built cushion for your head if you fall over and can't be bothered to get back up.

  • Johnny says:

    Finally! I've been waiting for something like this since I played hooky when I should have been learning how to walk.

  • Johnny says:

    Finally! I've been waiting for something like this since I played hooky when I should have been learning how to walk.

  • joel says:

    If you are that worried about falling I am willing to bet hiking is the last thing on your mind.

  • joel says:

    If you are that worried about falling I am willing to bet hiking is the last thing on your mind.

  • Manuel says:

    Ridiculous! Absurd!

  • Manuel says:

    Ridiculous! Absurd!

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  • Jared says:

    What about if you face-plant?

  • Jared says:

    What about if you face-plant?

  • Sean says:

    So what, this is a poor implementation of the Hövding Airbag collar? and what happens when you take the rucksack off quickly to get something out of it? WOOOMPF. Damn. Not to mention that when you do actually fall and the airbag explodes open, pushing your arms away from the natural falling position of having them out in front of you so you fall arms spread, flat on your face. Keeps your ears warm though…

  • Sean says:

    So what, this is a poor implementation of the Hvding Airbag collar? and what happens when you take the rucksack off quickly to get something out of it? WOOOMPF. Damn. Not to mention that when you do actually fall and the airbag explodes open, pushing your arms away from the natural falling position of having them out in front of you so you fall arms spread, flat on your face. Keeps your ears warm though…

  • Joe says:

    Hiking really seems like the absolute last sport you need this for. Most trails are relatively mellow and your risk of "falling off a cliff" is low. And on those exposed trails where you're at great risk of a major slip-and-fall, an airbag around your neck isn't going to offer that much protection. Don't see this design going anywhere.

  • Joe says:

    Hiking really seems like the absolute last sport you need this for. Most trails are relatively mellow and your risk of “falling off a cliff” is low. And on those exposed trails where you're at great risk of a major slip-and-fall, an airbag around your neck isn't going to offer that much protection. Don't see this design going anywhere.

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  • ply says:

    uhhh it looks like they put a lot of work into it. I don't say that very often but why did nobody stop them earlier in the process? In this case it would have really saved a lot of time an resources which are now kind of wasted…

  • ply says:

    uhhh it looks like they put a lot of work into it. I don't say that very often but why did nobody stop them earlier in the process? In this case it would have really saved a lot of time an resources which are now kind of wasted…

  • Why? says:

    The only way something like this could work, it would be to make it a thin vest, that inflates on those specific areas and that´s it, no need to have an airbag wrapping around your neck and arms that you can´t predict where it´s going to blow.

    appart from that… Nice project.

  • Why? says:

    The only way something like this could work, it would be to make it a thin vest, that inflates on those specific areas and thats it, no need to have an airbag wrapping around your neck and arms that you cant predict where its going to blow.

    appart from that… Nice project.

  • Mike Barnard says:

    Prior art:

    motorcycle airbag jacket http://www.airbagjacket.com.sg/

    avalanche airbag for hiking. skiing http://www.abssystem.com/

  • Mike Barnard says:

    Prior art:

    motorcycle airbag jacket http://www.airbagjacket.com.sg/

    avalanche airbag for hiking. skiing http://www.abssystem.com/

  • srly? says:

    I find it dumb that a ton of people are just bashing on this product like Jan Moys which obviously just looks at designs and just throws out a fast conclusion which is not well thought out and just stupid (kinda like fox news, egotistical and a bunch of ignorant people). Yes i agree this tool is dumb for hiking, but it will work for people who mountain bike and do downhill. In fact there was a designer who invented (and had a functioning prototype) of an air bag helmet which deployed when the rider was experiencing a sudden change of acceleration. This was a concept to solve the problem of wearing “ugly” bike helmets. This airbag concept can easily be applied to a biker to provide additional protection.

  • LWullie says:

    I laughed my head off at the Chinglish brochure…

  • tnlogy says:

    looks a bit like this one http://hovding.com/

  • socalsurfer92122 says:

    more people are in danger of getting lost than falling down a cliff. as a hiker i would not take this with me ever. it is unneccesary weight, and would rather bring a spot beacon

  • socalsurfer92122 says:

    more people are in danger of getting lost than falling down a cliff. as a hiker i would not take this with me ever. it is unneccesary weight, and would rather bring a spot beacon

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