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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. Despite the bigger overall size, the included 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.

    • High-capacity backpack with light avalanche airbag
    • 42L capacity suitable for longer missions in the backcountry
    • Float 2.0 system is lighter and smaller than previous airbag
    • Ergonomic trigger mounts on left or right for convenience
    • Separate avalanche compartment eases access to shovel and probe
    • 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

    Tech Specs

    [main] 20D ripstop nylon, PU coating, [high-wear areas] 420D nylon, [lining] 200D polyester
    42L (2536cu in)
    Float 2.0
    Deployment System
    compressed air
    Canister Included
    sold separately
    internal support frame, molded back panel
    Shoulder Straps
    Waist Belt
    adjustable, padded
    Hydration Compatible
    front panel, back panel
    1 avy safety, 1 zippered hip, 1 fleece-lined goggle
    Ski Carry
    Snowboard Carry
    Helmet Carry
    Ice Axe Carry
    internal, external
    Recommended Use
    backcountry skiing, backcountry snowboarding
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    Great piece of gear

      I use this pack exclusively for long day tours in the mountains. I don’t pack light and can fit all my extras in. It is even big enough to shove my helmet inside to keep it dry on rainy days. Comfortable to wear. I avoided air bag packs for a decade but realized the time has come to wear the insurance. Read The NY Times article on Tunnel Creek avalanche and you will know what you need to do.

      Brilliant airbag

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I love this pack and think they knocked it out of the park with this one. Adjustable waist belt, huge interior space, goggle compartment (that can actually fit goggles when the pack is fully loaded), plenty of pockets, and a great price. I won't use a pack without a helmet carry, helmet in the carrier when I am skinning and on my head on the way down. I can carry ice tools if I need, have easy access to explosives via the lower lumbar zip and can store a radio in the shoulder straps. Used it nearly every day for work and it has held up great.

      Brilliant airbag

      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.

      Unanswered Question

      Any ballpark weight on this pack, including full air cylinder if possible?!