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Backcountry Access Float 32 Airbag

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Float 32 Airbag

No matter how carefully you plan and study, backcountry skiing and snowboarding will always carry the risk of getting caught in an avalanche. However, wearing an airbag can double your chances of survival should you get caught in a slide. The Backcountry Access Float 32 Airbag features the Float system plus enough space to stash everything you need for all-day tours and highly technical approaches.

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 evacuation 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.

In addition to having enough space for avalanche safety essentials, it also fits your climbing skins, extra layers, snacks, a hydration reservoir, and more. Dedicated probe and shovel sleeves make your avalanche rescue tools easily accessible so you don't waste a second if you have to dig out a partner. Compression straps help you minimize bulk for better stability while you ski, and the adjustable waist belt keeps the pack from swinging around and throwing you off balance. The Float 32 even includes a dual ice axe carrying system for the most adventurous backcountry explorers.

  • Backcountry backpack built with Float airbag system
  • Compressed air cylinder triggered by pull handle
  • Carry systems for skis, snowboards, radios, helmets, and hydration
  • Dedicated avalanche gear compartment stows probe and shovel
  • Assortment of gear loops and pockets offer ample storage
  • 32L capacity is the second largest Float from BCA
  • 200+ authorized refill locations assist with worldwide refilling
  • Air compressed cylinder sold separately
  • Item #BCA000O

[face fabric] 330D nylon ripstop, polyurethane coating, [reinforced panels] 420D nylon, polyurethane coating, [lining] 200D polyester
1953 cu in
Float system
Deployment System
compressed air
Canister Included
Waist Belt
yes, adjustable
Hydration Compatible
Reservoir Included
1 fleece-lined goggle, 2 hip, 1 internal mesh
Ski Carry
yes, diagonal
Snowboard Carry
yes, vertical
Helmet Carry
Ice Axe Carry
yes, dual
21 x11.5 x 5in
Claimed Weight
[full system with cylinder] 7.1 lbs
Recommended Use
backcountry touring
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Tech Specs

What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 5

Great pack for the price

I've put it through the wringer

I've been using these packs for the past 3 years and have nothing but good to say about the quality and price for what you are getting when its a life saving pack. You cannot put a price to something as to this caliber.


Perfect for all your adventures!

Whether out for a day of sledding or heading out to bag that big objective or both, the Float 32 can handle it. With ample main compartment space, helmet carry system, hip belt zip pockets, and a nice over sized goggle bag there is plenty of room for your personal items. As for your technical gear, the pack garage is loaded with organizational sleeves for your probe and shovel. I even throw my saw in there as well. The exterior has sweet and low profile ice tool compartments (for two tools) where your pick can dive safely into the pack while a simple reinforced eyelet at the top allows for the spike of your ice tool to slide through resulting in a quick to deploy but solid to store place for your ice axe. The A frame or cross carry system makes it easy to carry your skis while heading up that steep couloir or traversing that cruxy mix climb. One thing I love is that BCA reminds us on the pack that if you use the A frame system in avalanche terrain it will interfere with the airbag so best to cross carry your skis if you can while in avalanche terrain. What sets this bag above the rest, weather you are getting into techy terrain or just out slaying the pow is the 3 zipper access system. This allows you to get to the bottom of the bag without having a mid slope pack explosion. All and all this pack can handle what you throw at it so cinch it down and get after it!

>Rating: 5

Burly airbag pack in the perfect size

I've put it through the wringer

100 days with this pack last season, and nothing but compliments from the design to the construction. For lighter days, the pack doesn't feel awkward half empty. For longer to overnight trips with more gear it packs what I need without falling apart. In the past, airbag packs have had trouble dealing with too much weight but this baby stays comfortable and intact (especially at the airbag zipper & velcro). It holds everything from layers, food and water to an ice axe and crampons compactly. It helps me do my job as a photographer, and it looks so good I even loan it out to the athletes I shoot!

>Rating: 5

A must have!

I've put it through the wringer

This pack literally saved my life. Anyone who recreates in the backcountry should be equipped with a Float Pack, at least a level 1 Avy course, beacon, shovel, probe and radio. One thing I really like about this pack is the sizing can be adjusted and it easily fits all the essential gear for a longer tour.

>Rating: 5

Best Float yet

I've put it through the wringer

Great pack from BCA. Fits well, and carries a load comfortably. Good tech features and handles snow safety gear, and ice axe well in outside compartment. I like the ability to streamline it down by tucking in all extra straps and webbing. Good size for day touring and technical objectives. Bit of a tight fit when adding rope, crampons, and other stuff in addition to ski gear. I used it for a full work season and it shows minimal wear and tear. Some nicks in the material from the shovel corners, but overall good durability.

>Rating: 5

My "Go-To" Airbag Pack

I've used it several times

BCA keeps refining and improving their Float airbag packs and the Float 32 is no exception. The Float packs keep getting lighter and more comfortable. Not to mention; easy to use and dialed for the BC ski mountaineer. I like the 32 because it's got lots of room for the extras. When doing full day missions into the BC I've often got a bunch of gear. I also like the mini hip belt pockets. They are very handy and you can store a bunch of essential items in them. This is important because you cannot have a traditional "top pouch" (for obvious reasons) on an airbag pack. The 32 is set up to easily carry skis, ice axes, helmet, hydration system, and more. The compressed air cartridge is efficient and reliable. And finally, the solid construction and fit makes it my "go-to" airbag. pack.

>Rating: 5

Perfect size and fit.

I've put it through the wringer

I use this pack on the reg. for both short sidecountry missions and longer days in the backcountry. The organization of the pack is great. You have a separate pocket for avy gear and plenty of room in the second larger pocket for extra layers, water, and snacks. There's a lined goggle pocket and a smaller inside pocket for keys / and or first aid kit supplies. Finally the outside helmet provides a snug mesh pocket for your helmet without sacrificing space in the back or it loosely dangling from a side. In addition to the near perfect organization, the sizing of the pack is also a plus. There is a height adjustable waist belt and the shoulder straps cinch to fit a range of sizes. The ski carry is a simple diagonal design, and when not in use the straps pack into their own little pockets that prevent potential to snag on trees and provide a sleek, clean look. I would reccommend this product to anyone looking for a larger, yet fairly light weight pack as an additional tool to add to your avalanche safety kit.


BCA Float 32 Airbag Backpack

>Rating: 5

Great Backcountry/Touring Pack

I've put it through the wringer

This is now the second BCA Float 32 pack I have owned and I am a big fan of the new version. I use this pack for split boarding and bigger/longer backcountry days. The stand out difference with the new version is the ergonomics and sizing. The new pack looks to be a least a few inches shorter that the previous version, and now comes with a hip strap that is adjustable(vertically) according to your height. I am 6'2'' tall so I never had any fit concerns with the older bag, but I could see how the bags height could caused fit issues with shorter users, the updated Float 32 should address this and I'm sure will be welcomed by shorter (than me) folk. The new compression straps on the side are big improvement. They are much more burly and do a better job a cinching down the pack when you are getting ready to ski/ride. They now have buckles that make it much easier to strap down gear to the sides of the pack if need be. As a snowboarder/split boarder, I have been able to use them to "A" frame my split board when I needed to walk/hike. I realize this renders the airbag system non-functional, but it was a welcome option when I was starting at a trailhead below the snow line. Shovel/probe pocket works as expected and is easy to access. The color difference with the zippers is a thoughtful touch to visually separate the pockets. New hip strap now has two pockets (one on each side) which I love because thats were I stash food/snacks for the approach. I also keep chapstick and a small compass in one just so they are always in my pack and easy to get to. The upper sternum strap now has a built in whistle, which I appreciate because it's one less thing I have to remember to bring/have. My only real gripe with the new version is that the 'goggle' pocket has been moved inward so now it is positioned between the gear pockets and shovel/probe pocket, so that when my back is full of skins/poles/gear etc it makes it a little harder to keep an extra pair of goggles, or I worry about my sun glasses getting a little crunched when descending. Kind of a minor thing, but just trying to address all the changes. I have used this pack for a while now and definitely put it through its paces. Touring in Colorado, Utah, and Alaska and the thing hasn't shown any wear at all. Especially impressed after a 3 day backcountry camping trip in Colorado last spring (towed sleds to carry camping equipment) were it really got abused and used in ways other than what it was designed for. A definite improvement from the former version, I would highly recommend this pack.


AWESOME review adeibold!! Thanks for sharing your feedback and welcome to the Backcountry Community!

You said, "The new compression straps on the side are big improvement. They are much more burly and do a better job a cinching down the pack when you are getting ready to ski/ride." I just got this pack and it seems like the compression straps barely do any compressing. Even when tightened to their maximum nothing is really cinched down unless the pack is completely stuffed with gear.


Does this pack take the 1.0 or 2.0 canister


For splitboarders is their a spot to put their poles?

Hey Jason, This pack doesn't have any dedicated straps for poles. If rigged carefully you can use the side compression straps but realize that can inhibit the bag from deploying correctly. I have also seen people rig the up using the vertical board carry straps.


What is the maximum length of ice axe that we can put on the outside of this pack?

Hey Robin, This bag actually has two ways to stow an ice-axe. For shorter tools you can stow them tip down; this will fit for shorter tools (about 16" or less). Longer tools can be stowed internally with the tip up. Again, just an estimate. Check out the below video at the 2:40 mark for a demonstration. Ben