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Backcountry Access Float 22 Airbag

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Float 22 Airbag

The latest research shows that your chances of surviving an avalanche are twice as good if you're wearing an airbag than if you're not. The reason why everyone isn't wearing one, however, is because of weight, bulk, and expense. Backcountry Access solves those problems with the Float series. The Float 22 Airbag is BCA's medium-sized pack, designed for morning tours and extended through-the-gates adventures.

The Float airbag system is light, affordable, and easy to use, and most importantly, it could save your life. It uses a compressed air cylinder to almost instantly inflate a 150-liter airbag that helps keep you at or near the surface of a slide in order to minimize rescue time and blunt force trauma from debris and hidden obstacles. Backcountry Access also has the world's most extensive network of cylinder refill and exchange centers, making it easier for you to get a new compressed air cylinder after you have to deploy your airbag.

The Float 22 features enough volume to stash your climbing skins, snacks, an extra layer, and, of course, all the avalanche safety essentials. In fact, it has dedicated shovel and probe sleeves so you can quickly access your avalanche rescue tools when the worst happens. A diagonal ski carry holds you planks when you have to boot pack, and BCA also offers a snowboard carry attachment (sold separately) for the snow surfers.

  • Mid-sized airbag pack fits your essentials and keeps you prepared
  • 150-liter airbag deploys in seconds to keep afloat in an avalanche
  • Integration for BC Link radios allows for better group communication
  • Diagonal ski carry and vertical snowboard carry make hiking easier
  • Mesh helmet sling keeps your helmet secured outside of the pack
  • Dedicated sleeves for your shovel and probe are quickly accessible
  • Compressed air cylinder sold separately
  • Item #BCA000N

[face fabric] 330D nylon ripstop, polyurethane coating, [reinforced panels] 420D nylon, polyurethane coating, [lining] 200D polyester
1343 cu in
Float system
Deployment System
compressed air
Canister Included
Hydration Compatible
Reservoir Included
1 hip, 1 internal mesh
Ski Carry
yes, diagonal
Snowboard Carry
yes, attachment sold separately
Helmet Carry
21 x 12 x 5in
Claimed Weight
[full system with cylinder] 6.6 lbs
Recommended Use
skiing, snowboarding, backcountry touring
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Tech Specs

What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 5


I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I actually used my pack for the first time today and I loved it! I had it packed with my shovel, probe, helmet, extra lightweight coat, water blater, and a few small miscellaneous items and everything fit a bit tight which is what I expected. I am very satisfied with the size though because I don't plan on doing tours longer than a day. I was surprised at how light it was fully packed! I would recommend this pack to anyone looking to enjoy the climb up and the ride down feeling as though there is no extra weight on your back.

>Rating: 5

Doesn't feel like an airbag

I've put it through the wringer

I never though my goto backpack would be an airbag, but I was proven wrong. The design of this bag is great because it distributes its weight evenly and has a nice supportive waist strap making it not feel like most airbags. It expands large enough to fit all of my essentials for a small day trip without loosing its shape. Luckily, I haven't had to deploy the bag in the backcountry, but while testing it I was amazed at how quickly the bag fully inflates. Cheers to safe days in the BC!

>Rating: 5

Great everyday pack

I've put it through the wringer

Perfect for short day tours or for those days where you are bouncing back and forth from inbounds to backcountry (as I do a lot at Mt Baker). Fits water, snacks, extra layer, small first aid kit, and skins with room to spare. I never had to deploy it this season but tested it at the beginning of the season and it deployed without a hitch. It's been easy to travel with also, I haven't had any trouble getting the canister filled in the US or Canada.

>Rating: 5

Perfect for day trips

I've put it through the wringer

Big enough to fit your backcountry essentials plus water+snacks, layers and skins however it's also a nice slim feeling bag so I don't feel restricted or weighed down by it. Had a successful season of not having to deploy it and it still went off when I test deployed it in may for the summer.


Bag in action -

Here is a video of a deployment during a large slab avalanche. Airbags are not a substitute for experience, knowledge, and good judgement.

>Rating: 5

BCA Float 22

I've used it several times

I have skied with this a few times (resort without canister, resort with canister, 'sidecountry') and have deployed the airbag for travel but have *not* used this in a real-life slide. Despite that, I don't see a reason not to give it 5* based on my experience so far. First, the bag is well designed, with a streamlined shape that fits nicely on your shoulders and somewhat tapers towards the hips, making it a nice snug fit around the waist. If you adjust everything properly, it should fit as an extension of your body, with shifting or sliding form side to side. The shoulder straps are comfortable, the hip belt fits well and is easy to operate with gloves on (tip: adjust the female buckle [right hip] before u head out, then you only have to adjust the male buckle [left hip] with gloves on. One hip belt has a small pocket, which is nice. The belt that goes around your leg and up thru your crotch is also easy to adjust, and fits well over snow pants. One smart feature is that the bag has built in 'storage' for the extra straps you are not using. For example, the leg straps and ski carry straps can be store into internally built and designated pockets when you are not using them, which is great for not getting snagged on lifts and such. I know there have been complains about using the ski carry, in that if your zippers meet at the top center of the bag, the bag will peel open with the weight of the skis. As other reviewers have highlighted, this problem is avoidable by having the zippers meet in the bottom rather than the top. As far as storage, the airbag it on the top and inside, closest to your traps, with the rest of the system below that. The airbag takes up some space, and this would be expected. In the same pocket as the airbag, you would put the canister, which is very easy to attach and has its own designated pocket. Beyond that, there is ample space for: extra layer, extra goggles or lens, nalgene, thermos, and the odds and ends (wallet, sunscreen etc). The front pocket then holds the avy gear, with their own designated pockets. The only complaint I have (u can't have it all, right?!?!) is that there is no hook to hang a camelback. I suppose this is because that could potentially interfere with the airbag system, BUT the shoulder straps have zippers and holders for a hydration hose. So maybe I need to do a little more digging here.... As far as the airbag goes, it has its own designated pocket. I've deployed the airbag for practice and travel (to empty the canister). It is easy to repack (there are instructions right on the airbag itself). The bag seems to be high quality and durable. I am very satisfied with what I've used it for so far, but again, I have not deployed it in the field. I hope this review helps iron out some of the details of the construction and features of the bag, if anything...

>Rating: 5

Safety First

I've put it through the wringer

Majority of the time I ride with a pack. Resort side country, split boarding, etc. So my favorite thing about this backpack is that it doesn't feel any different than the traditional backpacks I've been using for years. Even with the ABS technology, the pack feels light and comfortable. I can feel even more safe on the mountain without sacrificing the way I ride. This pack makes perfect sense.

Uhhh…not ABS technology. Uses compressed air, not nitrogen.

>Rating: 5

A must for the backcountry!

I've put it through the wringer

I love my BCA Float 22. Of course having an airbag backpack in the backcountry is a great added to tool. The Float 22 is the perfect size for day tours, cat skiing and heli skiing. The pack is comfortable with good organization for you shovel and probe, with plenty of room for your skins, a layer, some water and lunch. The canister system with BCA is easy to refill with locations all over the world, making these packs easy to travel with. BCA's website is full of information and instructional videos to help you set up and manage you pack, which is great!

>Rating: 5

BCA float 22

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Purchased for snowmobiling. Nice size for backcountry riding. I like the updates for 2015; ability to choose which side to install the trigger on and route my BCA link radio.