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  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

July 2013:
Used extensively in Japan (refill via Rapie's in Hakuba) and New Zealand (refilled & new cylinder by SportivNZ in Christchurch - great sales service by these guys too.) Travelled back to Australia no issues with cylinder through X-ray - no questions asked by "TSA" equivalents. Great pack - HIGHLY recommend it.

Jan 2013:
Whilst this pack doesn't negate the necessary and appropriate planning and decision making needed to assess backcountry risk, it does however add some piece of mind. this is my first air bag, replacing a track hardened Ospraie pack, but the BCA has all the same features, plus the air bag, that I love about great backcountry gear. The key backcountry kit of shovel/handle/blade & probe, beacon etc fit easily into the dedicated section. My 320 mammut probe, which packs to 44cms length, fits easily with room to spare. The general section fits all kit, including skins, first aid pack, bivvys x2, alpine harness,30m of rope, lunch, down jackets, spare gloves,500ml thermos, you can insert 2ltr camelback etc and any additional kit etc...the goggle pocket is tidy and will only handle current large frames, the helmet tie down is simple and functional to operate. The waist harness is hardcore, takes some practice to engage with gloves etc, but feels very sturdy (leg strap is easy to install). Whilst yet to activate the bag (hopefully won't need to either), the functionality, ease of use, quality materials and overall sturdiness of this pack should be an essential part of your backcountry gear. cheers ss

Insurance & Functionality