The avalanche manikin was developed after a request from Scottish Mountain Rescue. Our standard manikins were too heavy to be able to carry up a mountain to set a training scenario for body recovery following an avalanche so we were asked if we were able to create something that would fit their brief.

We are pleased to say that this has been achieved and the Avalanche manikin is the result.


The manikin is made from the same flame retardant Polyester used in Police ballistic/stab vests, which typically has 4 times the strength and abrasion resistance of P.V.C (the materials previously used) and is filled with foam to give the bulk and firmness of a body whilst being lightweight and easy to man oeuvre. The manikin also comes complete with a backpack that enables the manikin to be folded in half and easily transported.

We have now integrated RECCO® reflectors into the Avalanche manikin to make it the only Avalanche Training Manikin in the world to utilise this rescue system. The RECCO® reflector  makes an avalanche victim searchable to professional rescuers. It is a complement to a transceiver and RECCO® detectors are used by rescue teams in over 800 ski resorts worldwide. For more information visit www.recco.com.


  • Light weight at only 11Kg for ease of transportation
  • ‘Spongy resistance’ when probing for realism
  • Secure pockets to protect the electronic transceiver when probing
  • Life-like facial features with mouth cavity to check for obstructions
  • Water resistant and non-absorbant to reduce drying time after exercises.


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