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 Post subject: BCA float airbag backpack
PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 12:15 am 
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Has anyone tried one of these? They are pretty cheap (and tempting), but, what about performance?


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 Post subject: Re: BCA float airbag backpack
PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 2:33 pm 
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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.

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 Post subject: Re: BCA float airbag backpack
PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 3:55 pm 
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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.


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 Post subject: Re: BCA float airbag backpack
PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 5:16 pm 
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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.

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 Post subject: Re: BCA float airbag backpack
PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:40 am 
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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)

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 Post subject: Re: BCA float airbag backpack
PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2013 12:05 pm 
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Thanks, guys. I think I will wait a little more...Maybe next season the prices will drop... :bow:


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 Post subject: Re: BCA float airbag backpack
PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2013 2:43 pm 
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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.

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