Bjorn B.wrote a review of Backcountry Access Float 42 Airbag Backpack - 2560cu in on January 5, 2016
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
If you need to carry a lot of gear into the backcountry the Float 45 is the ideal pack. Whether you are filling it with a DSLR and a few lenses or packing for an overnight trip, the Float will carry you safely out and back again.
With an airbag, cylinder, and trigger you can feel like you’re carrying a bulky pack before you load any personal gear, but the Float 42 fits any size load with comfort. Against your back you have airbag components while the rear pocket holds a shovel, probe and climbing skins, freeing up the main center cavity for whatever you want. From a single extra layer to a two day supply of gear, the pack feels the same size and sits comfortably on hips and shoulders. A rear helmet carry and side compression straps allow you to change the overall profile and get the right amount of gear fitted to your body as well as the best non-airbag packs out there.
Then there’s the construction, a standard you can trust day after day and through an avalanche. Going into my second year with the float 42 I have not had to repair a single thing, a rare circumstance for any ski pack. You can feel the strength of the fabric, buckles, zippers, and straps. I have strapped ice tools to the pack, carried skis, clipped extra gear, and stuffed the pockets to the brim all while going up and down peaks, through thick trees, over cliffs, and more than a few tumbles and tomahawks. The pack remains resilient with less wear-and-tear than my own body!
But the kicker that makes the Float 42 my go-to pack for every day in the mountains is the safety. In one package you have the benefits of a burly, large technical pack with the added safety of an airbag. There is not enough that can be said for this. Skiing in the backcountry is dangerous, and if you are going to partake there is no excuse to not take every step possible to keep you and your partners safe.