Forums The Gear Room BCA float airbag backpack Viewing 7 posts - 1 through 7 (of 7 total) Author Posts April 28, 2013 at 7:15 am #578649 klo8 12 Posts Has anyone tried one of these? They are pretty cheap (and tempting), but, what about performance? April 28, 2013 at 9:33 pm #668183 barrows 1490 Posts They work… a partner deployed his successfully this season. But, he also constantly complained about how the pack was not well made, was hard to use, and did not have enough room inside. I really want an airbag pack, but am not willing to give up quality construction and the features I need for seamless backcountry performance. I am still waiting to see a high quality airbag pack, with good features (it must have both vertical snowboard mode, and diagonal ski mode carry, and A-frame would be nice as well) with properly reinforced straps, and easy access to my gear. So far, all I have seen is expensive packs which compromise on the features which I have come to expect and the quality I need. I hope Arcteryx gets their system up and running soon, my Silo 30 is a fantastic pack, something designed and built with that attention to detail with an airbag would be nice. April 28, 2013 at 10:55 pm #668182 HansGLudwig 601 Posts Don’t hold you breath Barrows. Many airbag packs can carry A-frame. None will recommend it, much less advertise it, because A-frame and airbags are mutually exclusive. i.e. the bag can’t deploy when the skis are there. Be sure to bookmark Splitboard.com's Recent Activity page... http://splitboard.com/activity-2/ April 29, 2013 at 12:16 am #668184 barrows 1490 Posts Yeah Hans, I am aware of that, hence I make less emphasis on A-frame carry. Typically, I prefer A-frame carry mostly on long approaches, where it makes a difference to have the ski weight closer to my back, and my long approaches are generally on trails without avy exposure, so A-frame carry could be OK in those situations where I would not be deploying the airbag anyway. Now, most airbag packs I have taken a close look at do not feature good carrying systems for any method! Now with ABS making their system available to other manufacturers (I prefer the ABS bags and trigger system) perhaps we will see more better options. I have heard Ortovox is going to have some ABS system packs next year which are decent, but have not seen them yet. I have partners who own the BCA packs, they are making due with them, but they are not happy with the designs, features, or quality level. April 29, 2013 at 2:40 pm #668185 HikeforTurns 1113 Posts My buddy has a float 32. Less than a dozen days and one of the side carry straps ripped out. Also several zipper pulls have come off. Typical for BCA, they dont value stitching all that much. The airbag system looks good though, he has pulled it 3 times now. (all for testing or travel) April 29, 2013 at 7:05 pm #668186 klo8 12 Posts Thanks, guys. I think I will wait a little more…Maybe next season the prices will drop… :bow: April 29, 2013 at 9:43 pm #668187 barrows 1490 Posts @klo8 wrote: Thanks, guys. I think I will wait a little more…Maybe next season the prices will drop… :bow: Unlikely… Unless you buy used, or purchase last seasons packs. Prices on airbag packs are not going to down. Viewing 7 posts - 1 through 7 (of 7 total) You must be logged in to reply to this topic.