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Your backcountry guardian angel.

Not that wearing an airbag suddenly gives you a green light to center-punch any line in sight, but with the Black Diamond Halo 28 JetForce pack on your back, you will have some added security when you venture into the backcountry. Made through a collaboration between Black Diamond and PIEPS, the Halo 28 marks a departure in the world of avy airbags by utilizing a battery and fan-based system. Being the in-between model in Black Diamond's JetForce line, the Halo 28 is ideal for one-and-done dawn patrols, full days tours, and technical ascents in the alpine.

JetForce technology is unique in the sense that it abandons traditional canister deployment systems by utilizing a lithium ion battery-powered jet fan. Since the system is rechargeable, it eliminates the cost of expensive canisters and refills, and it gets rid of the added hassle of trying to travel with compressed air or nitrogen. Not only that, but the battery will support at least four deployments on a single charge. The bag itself is made of a puncture-resistant Cordura fabric and is designed to automatically deflate after three minutes in order to potentially create an air pocket in the off-chance of a full burial.

The pack itself maintains Black Diamond's popular backpack design by utilizing the skiing-friendly ReActive suspension system and SwingArm shoulder straps, designed to provide a high level of comfort on the descent. A dedicated avy tool pocket keeps your shovel and probe close at hand, while the tuck-away diagonal ski carry system lets the bag to deploy while your skis are attached. A zippered back panel allows for quick access to your snow study tools and a down jacket, and the Hi-lo helmet holder keeps your brain bucket on board for technical ascents and well-earned descents. 

  • Puncture-resistant cordura single airbag
  • JetForce inflation technology
  • Electronic activation
  • Lithium Ion battery powered
  • ReActive suspension with SwingArm shoulder straps
  • 840D ballistic nylon fabric
  • Dedicated avy tools pocket
  • Zippered back panel
  • Zippered hip
  • Tuck-away diagonal ski carry (allows for deployment with skis attached)
  • Single ice-axe loop
  • HiLo helmet holder
  • This airbag system is NOT a guarantee that you will survive an avalanche; get educated, get the right tools, travel with partners, and be smart out there
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Tech Specs

840D ballistic nylon, 210D ripstop nylon, 315D Cordura
[S/M] 1590 cu in, [M/L] 1700 cu in
JetForce Technology
Deployment System
high-speed fan
Canister Included
Shoulder Straps
Waist Belt
back panel
[external] avalanche tool organization, 1 hip belt, [internal] multiple accessory
Gear Loops
Ski Carry
yes, diagonal
Helmet Carry
Ice Axe Carry
Claimed Weight
7 lb 8 oz
Recommended Use
backcountry touring
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

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JetForce Pack

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

The JetForce Technology is without a doubt awesome. It's easy to learn the system, simple to maintain, and fun to practice (especially multiple times with friends). It makes for a well-oiled tool to use in the worst scenario, hopefully avoided by safe avalanche practices. I have not yet, and aim to never use this pack in an avalanche, but I do have some comments on it as a backcountry ski pack.

Packing: The 28 is enough space for the carefully packed half-day tour. More than that and you know you'll be running low on water and snacks because there's simply no space for extras with a small med kit, spare goggle lens, a layer, gloves, and skins. I'm not sure who designed the pack to have the main compartment accessed only from the back, but it's annoying to take the pack off to ever stow a single item or grab a snack. The avalanche tool compartment on the other hand is easily accessed, easily packed and separate from the other necessities.

Fit: Pretty good, I'm a 5'6" lady of average stock and I like the fit of the M/L over the S/M. Nice belt closure, easy to fumble with mittens.

Color: Love the red, and I've been told I'm easy to spot.

Overall: Would buy again considering the price point of the nearest competitor but the design of the Arc'teryx bag is far superior in terms of actual useable space for the other gear I like to have with me for a bigger longer day tour. I guess I'll have to become a better organized and stream-lined backcountry skier and not bring 5 sandwiches and 4 extra layers and my trusty space blanket.

Great pack

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

I haven't used the airbag feature yet, but I really like the layout and size of this pack. It is great having the battery powered airbag because you don't need to worry about filling the canister after a deployment, and you can travel on an airplane with it

The way they should all be

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This backpack is worth the extra penny. The ability to blow it up as many times as you would like for practice without buying another cartridge like traditional bags is amazing and will become the industry standard. The battery pack is a bit large and heavy but thats the price you pay with new technology. After deploying the bag it is easy to stuff back into its compartment and it is great how there is not a specific way to pack it, just stuff it and zip it shut. The front compartment has great storage for all of your avy gear and it is easy to access it quickly. Additional storage is pretty limited, 1-2 layers, water and snacks will probably be about it.

Functions Great

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

I have yet to use this in the backcountry, but my trial runs in getting to know it have been easy. Having this around will add a sense of safety but once you see how easy it is to use, you will feel even more confident in it.

Awesome Avi Pack

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Think this pack is the best option out there at the moment. Took it on a 5 day Heli trip in BC and put it through the wringer. Functionality and fit is great (6'0", 180 lbs, got the large), pack is definitely a little heavier than its BCA counterparts, but being able to have freedom of travel without the stress of filling canisters and repeated cost is huge. 50% of the large Internal compartment is taken up by the battery and fan, but would say that it still leaves you room for the bare necessities.

Also, shout out to Tucker for being a huge help during the process. I'd recommend Tucker (as Adam did above. Absolute rockstar.

Tucker Volk

Gearhead, Customer Account Manager

Phone: (801)204-4677x2468

Awesome Avi Pack

Great Backcountry Bag

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Very user friendly bag. Easy to power on, deploy and repack. Enough room for your shovel and probe as well as lunch, drinks and extra gear. Comfortable enough for all day, weight is very minimal. I was a bit skeptical about how the battery would hold up in extreme cold temperatures but it functions as advertised. I can't say enough about the service you receive at
Contact Tucker with any questions you have and you'll be pointed in the proper direction every time.

Tucker Volk
Gearhead, Customer Account Manager
Phone: (801)204-4677x2468

saved my life last week in Arlberg, AUS

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

2.5 hr skin tour up from top of lift. after 10 bounce turns in steep terrain, entire face fell off. loud boom, looked back and i was in the avalanche sink hole. pulled the handle, heard the loud fan go off and down i went, tried to keep feet forward, arms around neck, and spit out snow. after about 1000ft came to halt --ski and pole yard sale. some bruises and very low grade stretch of both MCLs. but otherwise fine. skied thru powder for rest of way back to town -- happy to be alive!

saved my life last week in Arlberg, AUS

Halo 28 - heavy wear from ski edges

    I bought this backpack last Christmas. During first ski tour with my skis put on the back I realized that there is heavy wear on the fabric. As the snow shovel is packed in the case showing to the outer side the skis are mounted literally directly on top of the convex side of the shovel. Only a layer of the normal fabric in between. The edges of my telemark skis have worn out the material after only 15 minutes of walking. The material here is not reinforced to prevent this.
    I see this as a design error but BD has rejected my claim which is pretty disappointing.
    Other than that I'm quite satisfied with the product.

    Piece of Mind, Recall Updates Installed

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Got this pack right before the recall, I sent it back into BD and they installed the electronic updates and said that was the ONLY thing it needed. The 28 Liter is still pretty small for day touring - the fan and inner pieces take up 50% of the volume.
    Using it's a breeze, multiple deployment capability is such a paradigm design feature - you'll never be afraid to deploy this is any back-country situation.
    It's the best piece of gear you hope you never have to use.

    **Plus, the air bag system is fan-based and not aerosol cans - so you can fly internationally with this thing. GAMECHANGER

    Queing up for backcountry

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This was my new airbag pack for this season. I purchased this in a size M/L and am 5'10" 165 lbs. I admit, I purchased one over the summer and used it as a party trick many times. I messed up though and did not disarm the pack off time and did not read the whole manual. Evidently when you don't disarm it; it will drain the battery to beyond rechargeability. Fortunately/unfortunately Black diamond did warranty the item and replaced it no questions asked. The flip side is it cost almost 50 dollars to ship via UPS with 1450 dollars of insurance. I guess that is a small price to pay for a 1450 dollar pack. Need less to say BD warranties department is AWESOME, but slow (3.5 weeks turnaround).

    On to the pros and cons... Well first of all, this pack is built with the craftsmanship and quality I have come to expect from BD products. This pack in praticular has a brilliantly stable horizontal carry system for skis. I never once have felt unstable while harnessed to this pack skis and all. It took it up some steep ascents and the pack frame aligns and conforms well with the contours of the back. This pack does an outstanding job of distributing weight equally. Next the back to the pack is soooo comfortable, especially on the longer hikes and tours. The packs security strap system is incredible, with the optional leg straps for extra security. There are additional tow straps that afford the ability to creatively attach extra equipment to the outside of the pack, such as axes, poles, helmet and etc... depending on how crafty you may be.

    For my load I could pack a highly compressible down underlayer, Jacket shell, extra beanie, extra socks food (16oz kleen container and snacks), nalgene, Avy equipment, skins, ski crampons, first aid kit, Helmet, goggles and of course a camera. Once in a while I would squeeze in a pocket stove and a cup for coffee and foot too.

    So a few things that I do not like about the pack is #1: The weight. My north face patrol was lighter than this pack. Though this is a new technology, I believe the next evolution is to microsize the tech and create insanely light packages. The next issue is why on earth is there a goggle pocket without a scratch proof liner. Now I can't fault BD for not lightening this pack (that will take time) with as well built and attentive to detail as BD is I can't believe this goggle pocket is not lined with a soft microfleece or something consistent with that. Last but not least, and this has nothing to do with the make/quality/functionality at all, but I have the black pack, and hate that the inside is red. I don't know why, it just bothers me and at times makes me apoplectic. Other than these minut details, I love the pack.

    Awesome pack!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I recently got the Halo 28 in size S/M which is actually only 26 liters not 28 but still has a enough room to pack the essentials for a day long tour and is not to large to use as wear riding side country around the resort. The pack fits close and doesn't extend far from your back reducing swing weight, so it isn't awkward to ride with unlike some packs. The front organizer pocket easily holds your shovel and probe and the back panel accesses the largest compartment which has plenty of room to hold an extra layer, water bottle, gloves, goggles, etc. and there are a couple other pockets great for holding snacks or other small items.

    Probably the best feature of this pack is that is uses an electric fan rather than compressed air which allows for multiple deployments on a single charge and no cost to use, while refilling an air canister is pricy and inconvenient. Another perk of the electric system is that you can take this pack as a cary on on airplanes, something that you cannot do with airbag packs that use compressed air canisters.

    As far as I'm concerned this is the direction airbag packs are going and this is the best pack on the market. Well worth the price!

    Best on the market

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I chose the Jetforce for my Airbag as it avoided the canister design of many other airbag packs. it is nice to have a battery and fan system in order to avoid spending more money on canisters, to be able to deploy multiple times easily, and to have systems like the fan that allow it to blow up the bag even if the airbag is punctured during a slide. The avalanche tool compartment is the perfect size for a shovel, probe, and saw, with extra room in the back compartment for an extra pair of gloves, shell, extra mid layer, water bottle, and skins. With small pockets around for maps and snacks, the 28 will fit all of your day touring trip needs! Plus the packable helmet carry is very simple and easy to use!

    The airbag deploy system is super easy to use as well, just make sure to charge the airbag on a regular basis, but you can check battery levels at the click of the button, run system diagnostics every time you turn it on, and with the pull of a cord your bag is deployed. After you deploy and it inflates, every 3 seconds it pumps more air into the airbag in case of a puncture in the airbag for the entire deployment cycle. It will stay inflated for 3 minutes total, deflating afterwards in order to attempt to create an air pocket in the case of a burial.

    To date this is the most well thought out airbag pack that I have seen and I would definitely recommend that anyone looking for an airbag pack for touring spend the extra money and go with the JetForce !

    Feel free to reach out with any questions you have on the pack!

    Phone: 801-204-4680

    This Is The Airbag You Are Looking For

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I bought 2 at the beginning of last winter for myself and my wife and despite a few initial problems including a recall I believe this is the future of airbags. I have not been caught in an avalanche so I cannot attest to that aspect but believe BD has worked this out...

    Initially one of the bags had to go back to BD because it would fully charge and then wouldn't turn on at the trailhead. Sucked, but BD fixed it and paid for shipping both ways. Also, they were recalled this summer for a firmware update and had to both go back to BD but they covered shipping again and threw in a couple headlamps on return.

    The jetforce solves a number of issues with the canister bags:

    1. I can disarm it for flight or riding the lift with the push of a button and rearm it again quickly.

    2. I can fly somewhere and not have to search for canisters or a scuba shop upon landing.

    3. I can test it anytime and anywhere I want (including the bar). You should test it and learn how to repack so you aren't trying to figure this out in the field.

    4. I can launch the bag multiple times during a tour if needed (never needed).

    5. It will stay inflated even if ripped (not tested but it keeps pumping air).

    The only strike against this bag is weight. The canister bags are lighter but with all the issues above it's not worth it to me (I can drink less beer to easily make up the difference).

    Now here's what I can fit inside the bag:

    The back panel is designed to hold my shovel, probe and saw. Here's a pro tip for you as well. I can slide my skins in this pocket as well for the trip down. This keeps them out of the main compartment which is sweet.

    There's a pocket on top for my goggles.

    There's a pocket on the bottom side facing me while the pack is on where I can keep 4 or 5 bars/gels for food.

    In the main compartment I put my gloves (usually skinning in lightweight gloves), lightweight down pullover, gore-tex jacket, wax, repair stuff, avalanche study kit, and a 1 liter bottle of water.

    On the hip belt there's a pocket where I keep a lightweight multitool.

    This is pretty maxed out for the pack. You can cram more in but you will be seriously cramming. If you have one of those super fat jackets, um, what the hell are you doing with that in the backcountry... you will need to tie it on the outside or something.

    Last thing to mention is the charge last a really long time. I fully charge it and ski for weeks and weeks and then it might drop to 3 dots which means I still have 3 deployments.

    Oh yeah one more thing. Carrying your skis on this thing is not great but it works. They go on the very back (to stay out of the way of the bag) kinda at an angle and since you got all this crap in the bag plus the bag then the skis hanging off the end it's a bit of a cluster (especially if you like them big ass skis like I do) but it works and you can blow your bag hiking up if you need to.

    This Is The Airbag You Are Looking For

    I'm interested in buying one of these for a side-country, no skinning, lift-served trip. do you think this has enough space for a day trip at a resort? e.g., extra goggles, hat, a layer, small amount of food and water? 28 seems to be a mite small, but the 40 seems way large!

    Good so far

      This is my first airbag pack, so I dont have a lot to compare it to, but I havent had any problems yet. It is heavier than my non-airbag pack, but I dont really notice the extra weight while touring or skiing.

      Don't love the back panel access to the main compartment, but its not a deal breaker. Can fit a decent amount of stuff in the main pack for a day tour - extra hat and gloves, big nalgene, down jacket and some small tools and first aid stuff. Its made me consolidate some of the stuff I used to carry, but that's not a bad thing. If you carry the whole garage with you, or do multi-day trips, get the larger size.

      Faulty battery. Avoid the pack.

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I have now gone through two of the Halo 28 packs. First one was charged for 24 hours. Took it off of the charger, armed and did a test run. worked fine. Then tried a second test run, dead. Charged it again, never got it working. Thought it was faulty. Exchanged for a second one. All at hoe pre tests worked, so I took it out for a mild 25 degree day. When I got to the zone, I pressed the button once to test the battery level which said full charge four lights, then went to arm it.. dead.. totally dead just like the first one.

      Charged it that night, then tested the battery- full charge. Placed it outside for about 2 hours in about 20 degree temps. Brought it back inside.... dead again. Returned it for a full refund.

      I would avoid purchasing this pack this year. It seems the battery cannot handle the cold weather. cannot see this working for a second time outside even if you could deploy it once.

      I've got the Saga (40) version of this pack, which I assume has the same battery. I screwed up charging it, and went out and had issues. Since then I've taken it out twice in 10F conditions and it's worked great both times.

      I was having an issue with having a fully charged battery and then having a dead pack when I got to the trailhead. AFter I got home it was plugged back into the charger and showed a full battery. I had to send my Saga 40 back to Black Diamond for a firmware update. I just got it back the issue seems to be resolved.

      I would say the biggest thing to remember is to charge it all the way up when you get it. Leave it plugged in overnight and it will definitely charge all of the battery up. When you get to your trailhead, Arm the bag. When you are done for the day, make sure you have disarmed the bag, or the battery will drain all the way down until it literally kills the battery. Then you will have to send the bag in for them to replace out the whole battery and that is a pain in the ass and it took me 3.5 weeks turnaround. Other than that read the instructions, pretty simple.

      Travels Well

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

      My Jetforce Saga 40 arrived earlier this week. Just made it through two TSA check points without question. Much easier to travel with than my ABS. A bit heavy and covered in zippers and sh1t... But I think this is the pick of the various options at the moment.

      Deploy is quick. Then it pulses for a few minutes before emptying itself.

      My only initial criticism is that it's gonna be a bit of effort to learn and interpret all the button presses and lights to understand how it works and what it's telling me.

      No provision for Hydration system.

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I have Snowpulse, ABS, and Mammut packs for me and my family. I have travelled to several continents with them. Flying with air canisters is a hassle, but so is getting a drink while on the skintrack!.

      Unanswered Question

      Can you carry a snow or splitboard on this? Looks like only diagonal ski carry but the splitboard bindings won't fit on there as well?

      What shovel is that in one of the last pictures? I want to buy a shovel with it that fits.

      Wasn't this pack $999 this morning? Why the increase?

      I got up in the morning, saw the email of these packs becoming available, saw the price and started considering getting one throughout the day. Then I got home, saw the new price and decided against it. Bummer!

      Is this actually available for purchase? I had heard all jet force packs produced for this season were already spoken for. When would it ship?

      There are 4 in stock right now! Unless it says "backorder" or "out of stock", items that you see available for sale on the site are actually currently in stock. Order now and it will ship tomorrow. We do also have a lot more on order expected to arrive soon!