Backcountry Access Float 22

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The BCA Float 22 is the minimalist model for out-of-bounds, off-piste, and mechanized skiing/riding. Thin profile and lightweight; enough volume to carry rescue tools, lunch, water, and extra layers. Features new dedicated shovel/probe pocket, helmet and diagonal ski carrying system, and waist belt pocket.Cylinder sold separately


The innovative Backcountry Access Float 22 Avalanche Airbag pack features an inflatible airbag with a proven design to help keep you at or near the surface of the snow during an avalanche.


At 22-liters, the BCA Float 22 Airbag Pack is day trip size, and when the 150-liter airbag is deployed, creates buoyancy and helps you float to the surface decreasing your burial depth but also protects your head and neck from trauma in an avalanche. The Float 22 has a thin profile and enough volume to carry rescue tools, lunch, water, and extra layers. BCA has 165 certified refill locations, around the world, making it the easiest refillable airbag system on the market.-- Features new dedicated shovel/probe pocket -- Helmet and diagonal ski carrying system-- Waist belt pocket-- 3 Year warranty-- Airbag and engine included. Does not include air cylinder (sold separately)

- OMCgear

Because of its minimalist design, the Float 22 Airbag Backpack feels light on your back, and this pack carries just enough for an afternoon sidecountry mission, helicopter or sled-accessed powder laps, or a quick dawn patrol. And like all of BCA's Float backpacks, this pack offers the protection of a trigger-activated airbag that helps you stay on top of sliding debris should you find yourself suddenly caught in an avalanche. At just five and a half pounds, the Float 22 pack barely weighs in much heavier than some backpacking bags, and it offers a compressed-air system that can drastically increase your chances of surviving an avalanche when you're on skis or a snowboard. Stash your shovel, probe, lunch, and a spare layer in the main compartment, and shred your favorite powder stash with extra peace of mind.


All BCA airbag packs require an air canister to function Bent Gate sells both full and empty BCA canisters Trustworthy mechanical actuation Some airbag systems offer explosive actuation Other packs are in the works using batteries and fans Even some mechanical systems require special hard parts that may be difficult to find in a pinch The BCA uses compressed air in its canister and orings are the only item consumed after the bag is inflated The orings used by the BCA pack arent proprietary You can find the orings you need down at the local hardware store This means that youll still be able to service your BCA pack 20 years down the road regardless of where airbag technology headsOne pillowshaped airbag The majority of airbag manufacturers including MammutSnowpulse ScottAlpride and BCA use a single pillow shaped airbag with a capacity of 150 liters Why Because it works Its that simplePack options What pack options When you buy a BCA pack youre stuck with the pack length and capacity you originally purchased The airbag unit isnt designed to be removable and BCA packs arent available without an airbag unit installed That makes the BCA a lot like a normal backpack Choose your capacity wisely You want a big 42 liter pack if youre planning lots of overnight hut trips You want a smaller pack if youre usually out for less than a full day Consumables The BCA system uses compressed air and you can get the canisters filled almost anywhere dive shops paintball shops the local fire department and some backcountry ski shops After deploying the airbag youre in for a couple of easytofind orings The cost for a refill and orings is generally less than 15 Theres nothing proprietary about the BCA system and thats a good thing for people who plan on keeping their airbag pack for as long as possible BCA Float 22 Airbag System Not every day on skis is an expedition or allday mission The smallest of BCAs airbag packs at 22L this backpack feels light on your back while offering the same protection as its bigger siblings Its the perfect pack for dawn patrol helidrops and all of your sidecountry adventures this winter BCA Backcountry Access not Backcountry Invincibility If all it took was an airbag pack to make yourself invincible in the backcountry we would probably sell a lot more of them And our favorite stash spots would be overrun with people wearing them Fortunately or unfortunately depending on your personal outlook an airbag pack is just another tool you can use for a safer backcountry experience Its not the endallbeall of backcountry safety gear Always carry your shovel probe and beacon even if you have an airbag system on your back Skiing or riding the backcountry with nothing more than an airbag is unacceptable risky and dangerous When used with a shovel probe and beacon an avalanche airbag could give you the edge you need to stay alive if worst comes to worst in the backcountry Survival is never guaranteed in an avalanche even if you deploy an airbag system Still have questions Call the shop toll free and ask away 877 2368428Features Panel access makes it easy to get in and out of your loadZippered tool compartment for easy access to your gearLined goggle pocket keeps expensive optics looking brand newWaist belt pockets for carrying small tools and misc gear chap stik anyoneDiagonal ski carry for when you have to bootpack your way up the mountainDual ice axe carryExchangeable left or right side trigger great for snowmobilers Height adjustable triggerDaisy chainFixed leg strap keeps the pack where it needs to be no matter what