Black Diamond Saga 40 Jetforce Avalanche Airbag Pack



Great high end avalanche backpack that can be deployed…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $1099


Great high end avalanche backpack that can be deployed multiple times. Best for single to multi-day backcountry expeditions and ski tours in alpine, medium to high risk conditions. If you only do a few days a year in these conditions, renting may be a more rational option.


  • Weight
  • Carrying system
  • Safety features
  • Can be deployed several times vs cylinder powered models
  • Easy to take on a plane
  • Can carry skis on sides
  • BD has awesome support


  • Price
  • Does not actually hold 40 liters of stuff because of the battery and motor
  • Battery needs year round care to prevent deep discharge

Excellent fit and carrying system for an avalanche pack. I'm a longer dude and got the M/L version. The hip belt has a metal buckle and is comfortable during longer ski tours.

The volume is not accurate. It can probably hold around 30-35l.

Accessibility is good. The back panel opens up all the way. 

The pack fits tightly while riding. The ski straps on the sides work nicely, but I would advise care while strapping the skis up to avoid damage to straps and the backpack.

Feels durable for its weight. 

BD customer support is amazing. I deep discharged my battery and they fixed it for me in three days, free of charge.

I've used this pack for two seasons, around five weeks, in alpine environments.

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