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    A game-changing avalanche airbag for professionals and dedicated backcountry riders.

    Made through a collaboration between Black Diamond and PIEPS, the Saga 40 JetForce Backpack marks a departure in traditional airbag design. As the largest bag in Black Diamond's JetForce line, the Saga is ideal for working avalanche professionals, ski patrollers, and backcountry enthusiasts who prefer to escape the crowds in those far-flung zones.

    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. It also eliminates added travel hassle, since the system doesn't require 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 backpack itself maintains Black Diamond's popular backpack design by utilizing the skiing-friendly ReActive suspension system and SwingArm shoulder straps, designed to maintain 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 allows the bag to deploy while your skis are attached. A zippered back panel allows for quick access to your snow study tools and down jacket, and the Hilo helmet holder keeps your brain bucket on board for technical ascents and well-earned descents.

    • Puncture-resistant cordura single airbag
    • JetForce inflation technology
    • PIEPS electronic activation
    • Lithium Ion battery powered
    • ReActive suspension with SwingArm shoulder straps
    • 840D ballistic nylon fabric
    • Dedicated avy tools pocket
    • Zippered back panel
    • Tuck-away diagonal ski carry (allows for deployment with skis attached)
    • Vertical snowboard carry
    • Ice-tool Pickpockets
    • 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
    • Item #BLD007V

    Tech Specs

    840D ballistic nylon, 210D ripstop nylon, 315D Cordura
    [S/M] 2320 cu in, [M/L] 2440 cu in
    JetForce Technology
    Deployment System
    high-speed fan
    Canister Included
    Shoulder Straps
    Waist Belt
    back panel
    avalanche tool organization, 1 hip belt, 1 zippered top
    Ski Carry
    yes, diagonal
    Snowboard Carry
    yes, vertical
    Helmet Carry
    Ice Axe Carry
    Claimed Weight
    [S/M] 7 lb 9 oz, [M/L] 7 lb 11 oz
    Recommended Use
    backcountry touring
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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    Inferior fabric... holes galore

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Black Diamond Jetfòrce Saga inferior

    I bought a Black Diamond Jetfòrce Saga avalanche backpack for a lot of money. Within six weeks huge holes appeared in the pockets that hold the essential components. I contacted Black Diamond who brushed the complaint aside and said it was wear and tear even though it was under warranty. Do not buy this bag as the fabric is inferior and the system is not interchangeable. Look at Arcteryx or Mammut where you can move the system.

    Inferior fabric... holes galore


      The biggest upside to this type of pack is that I can deploy the airbag and not have to worry about refilling a canister; Getting comfortable with deploying before you need to deploy is what sold me. I don't love the ski carry, make sure to keep some extra voile straps around. It is also big and heavy, no problem when I'm sled skiing, but kinda gross going uphill.

      Super Rad Avi Pack

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

      Got this bag a week ago and I love it so far. I activated it like 3 times for practice and I didnt have any problems. Super easy to pack back in. Took this pack with me up touring in the Galatins in Montana and it worked out really well. Air bag reduces the space a little bit but not too bad. The battery weight isnt too bad either. I absolutely love the avi gear pocket on the outside, super functional.
      I was debating between the 28L and the 40L and Im so glad I went with the 40L. Perfect all around size.

      Good piece of mind

        It's nice to be able to actually deploy the airbag and know what you are getting into without refilling a canister. Pack is beefy and seems well made. The airbag, fan and battery take up a fair amount of space. Repacking the airbag is easy once you get the hang of it. Overall happy with the purchase and hope I never have to use it except for party tricks.

        Black lip

          Awesome bag 1st off and foremost!!! A necessary watchful eye is needed with metal waist buckles . (Addimitly my own fault for having buckles toward end of straps ) but will fatten your lip none the less

          Will be using this soon-ish

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

          I want all the added protection I can get (along with safe travel, common sense and practice) while daisy picking in the back-country and decided on this pack.

          The pack is well-constructed and will prove to be durable. The gear pocket fits enough for a solid day in the back-country or multi-day trips (shovel, probe, etc. (plus some)) .

          The ability to practice without an air canister is a big plus. The instructions were easy enough to follow and the deployment is straightforward. Resetting everything is quick and doable.

          Quality product from BD.

          May the Force be with you

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          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 beacon, with extra room in the back compartment for an extra pair of gloves, shell, extra mid layer, water bottle, and skins. The Saga has plenty of room for gear for multi-day adventures and can be used for day adventures as well, as you can simply leave most the bag empty (making you look like you're carrying more weight than you actually are, very impressive.)

          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

          Would be Awesome if it Worked

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

          I'm very disappointed to write this review. First, let me preface this by saying that I'm very impressed with the elegant design of this pack and how the airbag system is integrated within it. Lots of access to the components, separate zippered pouches for the battery pack, the charging cord, and the fan. And the way it combines the releasable zipper to hold most of the airbag and the mechanical pull release section just on a small side is quite clever, and makes the airbag easy to re-pack. The LED light indicators on the end of the release handle are great too.

          So close! Dang, but it just wouldn't work for me. Upon receiving the pack I tested it out and it worked perfectly the first time. Then I packed it back up, charged the battery overnight, turned it on... and instead of the initial 4 seconds of fan whirring as part of the test to make sure all systems are go, it made a brief sputtering noise and the red light started flashing on the handle (which indicates the pack is not armed / working properly). Went through the user guide and followed all of the steps, including a 2 minute reset charge, removing the battery and putting it back and making sure it was tight. Still no dice. At that point it says I'm supposed to contact the customer service center for assistance (no number or info is provided).

          At this point here's the problem: when paying around $1200 for a backpack, it's one thing to have to maybe adjust something that's loose, but beyond that it's kind of ridiculous. More importantly, no matter what magical fix there may be that isn't included in the manual (seems unlikely) I already have trust issues with the airbag actually working properly and that's a deal-breaker for me. Maybe some part of the internal fan came loose? Well, what might happen when you're out in the backcountry skiing with it on your back? It needs to be damn close to 100% reliable.

          So disappointed, as the design of this pack is awesome (which is why I still gave it 2 stars) but the final execution is clearly lacking when it comes to a safety device.

          Really solid Avy Airbag Pack

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          A few day tours and one multi day hut trip later, this first impressions review is taking place. To start off, I am 5'11 and about 180lbs and have the M/L size. I have been searching around and finally decided on this as close to my perfect avalanche airbag pack. Initially I had been more interested in the Black Diamond Halo 28L, though it felt smaller than a 28L. This too feels smaller than 40L, but was A-OK with me as I was looking for one around 30L. I also can be a notorious over packer, so this has worked great for me.


          -I like the main compartment access as it can be accessed from the rear back panel or the top. This makes it easy to get to a layer buried deep. It also allows packing to be a cinch. I do like the top pocket for camera, tools, shades, etc. The side and waist pockets allow for nice snack storage.

          -Doing a separate note about the dedicated avy tools pocket on the back. Makes for easy storage and access. I'll throw my first aid kit as well as skins on the way down.

          -Being able to have multiple airbag deployments on a single charge is definitely nice and provides a bit of peace of mind. Its also nice to be able to try inflating the airbag and not having to refill a canister before any dire situations. Make sure to read up on how to activate/prep the airbag to be deployment ready. Also almost doesn't need to be said, but with that make sure to keep an eye on where the battery charge is currently at.

          -It fits pretty comfortably, even with a beacon strap on.


          -It is pricey, potentially two to three times as expensive as some other airbag packs out there.

          -For as much as I love the other pockets, I can't believe they don't have a hydration bladder pocket. I've worked around it with putting it on the inside top pocket and works well enough, but could have been an easy addition.

          -As much as I'm not really a weight weenie, it is a bit of the heavier side of things. I don't mind it, but when fully loaded, its definitely noticable.

          - I did break one of the clips for the helmet carry feature. Not a huge deal and really mostly my fault, but wouldnt have weighed much more to use metal clips instead.


          If you don't mine spending it bit more for a fantastic product, this pack is for you. Its definitely a bit smaller than the advertised 40L and a touch heavy, but the reasons behind that for multiple deployments powered by a battery definitely make up for it.

          Really solid Avy Airbag Pack

          How do you manage your hydration hose? If it's in the top pocket, doesn't it pass over the airbag to get to your chest?

          I have been putting my bladder in as the last thing in the main compartment and running the hose out of the very top of the zipper panel, but would be interested in solutions for getting it into the top pocket.

          Hey Tyler,

          I apologize, I just recently saw this comment. Yes, it does go over the airbag, but it isn't strapped into anything and wouldn't prevent or impede on deployment if necessary. I have an insulated hose for winter use and it will stay over my chest most of the time. Its not a perfect system though.

          Engearment tests the Saga 40

          Black Diamond flips the avalanche airbag pack market upside down with Jetforce. The Saga 40 is the largest of their battery-powered Jetforce packs. Check out the video and stop by for a full review. It's electric!

          Another Great Bag from BD

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          The BD Saga 40 takes all the great features of their other backpacks and adds the jet force. I opted for the 40 for the extra space over the 28L. The pointy shape of the 40 is due to the storage of the airbag. Storage space is good but feels a little tighter than 40L.

          The Saga 40 is comfortable when skinning up and skiing down. The bag fits well and the extra weight of the jet force over a non airbag backpack is not noticeable.

          My only gripes about the bag is there is no hydration sleeve or the slick hose port through the shoulder strap like the old Covert I have. The other is that it would be great to have another zip pouch on the left waist strap. Neither of these are deal breakers though.

          My favorite thing about BD bags is the dedicated tool compartment. It’s nice to have a spot for your shovel and probe. I also appreciate they put a different color zipper pull on so you know exactly where to go when you need to.

          I previously had an ABS bag but prefer the BD Saga. I like that I can practice deploying the airbag without having to purchase a new canister. Being able to practice lets me be familiar with this tool so if in the unfortunate situation of getting caught in an avalanche arises I will know what to do. The ability to repack and have additional deploys without having to change canisters is another benefit over the ABS.

          I have one of the first versions of this backpack and had to send it back twice for firmware update. I had a problem with the bag not turning on after fully charging it. It was not an issue for me since I sent it back during late spring/summer. BD was good about the second time and gave customers a sweet headlamp for the inconvenience.

          Another Great Bag from BD