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Float 42 Airbag Backpack
The Float 42 Airbag Backpack is the largest of Backcountry Access' avalanche airbag line, designed to give for longer missions in the backcountry. The Float 2.0 airbag system is 15% lighter than the previous model and about 30% smaller, meaning you can fit more gear in the pack, and features an ergonomic trigger mount so you can feel confident deploying the airbag in an emergency, no matter if you're left or right-handed. A separate compartment for your shovel and probe keeps them close at hand for quick access in an emergency, and the internal support frame and molded back panel mean you can fill the bag up to its full capacity comfortably.
- High-capacity backpack with light avalanche airbag
- 42-liter capacity is suitable for longer missions in the backcountry
- Float 2.0 airbag system is lighter and smaller than previous model
- Ergonomic trigger mounts on left or right shoulder for convenience
- Separate avalanche safety compartment for easy emergency access
- Ski and snowboard carry for traveling up couloirs or steep ridges
- Support frame and molded back panel evenly distributes weight for all-day comfort
- Item #BCA001W
- Q & A
Massive let down
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This pack drives me insane and I would have gotten rid of it almost immediately if I had not just spent the money/use it for work. It is a very small 42 litter even when the canister is not in it and If you overpack it the breakaway zipper for the airbag breaks open. I am not the only person I know who this happens to and its a huge pain when your shoving something into your bag at a exposed stance just to have the airbag start to fall out the sides. It is worth noting that I ski mainly in areas that require lots of layers and am often carrying crampons etc.. Not only is it small but a standard sized smith ski helmet does not really fit into the main compartment when the canister is in and the avy compartment is full, it is to narrow. I strongly dislike having anything on the outside of my pack except for ice axes so the idea that the external helmet carry is almost mandatory (without some real delicate stuffing/shuffling) drives me crazy. I also found the diagonal carry on this pack to be more awkward then on the other packs I have owned. Other than these major flaws the bag has many features I do like, however I don't think they are worth mentioning given that at the price point I should be raining praise down on this product. I rarely write reviews, however I felt compelled to log onto Back Country for the first time in years after using this pack for the past 3 months.
Any ballpark weight on this pack, including full air cylinder if possible?!