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A ski backpack with a built-in airbag to help you stay on top of an avalanche.

Skiing in the backcountry comes with the inherent risk of exposure to avalanche terrain. Should you find yourself caught in a slide, the BCA Float 32 Airbag Backpack is a tool that offers a drastically increased chance of survival. Pull a trigger on the shoulder strap, and a highly durable airbag quickly inflates behind your head, decreasing your odds of burial in avalanche debris by increasing your overall buoyancy. Even with this technology, the Float Backpack still offers all the storage you need for your shovel, probe, goggles, and other gear—here's to the evolution of safety beyond the rope.

  • Easy-to-operate airbag system uses a compressed air cylinder to inflate a large synthetic airbag behind your head and shoulders in order to increase your overall buoyancy and decrease your likelihood of full burial in the event that you're caught in an avalanche
  • Highly-durable, single-chamber airbag inflates via a 2,700 psi compressed air tank operated by a trigger that can be placed on either the left or right backpack shoulder strap
  • Venturi inflation system is TUV and CE certified
  • External shovel & probe pocket gives you a place to store your avalanche survival tools for quick access
  • Lined goggle pocket keeps your eyewear handy and protected from scratches
  • Hydration sleeve holds your choice of hydration bladder to make sipping easy
  • Diagonal ski carry frees your hands on steep slopes so you can lean into the slope and dig with your ice tools
  • Helmet carry keeps your brain bucket secure so you can take it off for the heli or the tram ride
  • BCA recommends that you deploy your airbag at least once per year. Once you have discharged the compressed air cylinder, you need to bring it or send it back to BCA, BCA Canada, or to an authorized BCA Float cylinder refill station
  • Follow this link to enter your area and see a full list of cylinder refill locations near you: http://www.backcountryaccess.com/about/map/
  • Editor’s Note: wearing this airbag system does NOT guarantee that you will survive an avalanche burial or a slide amidst avalanche debris; get educated, get the right tools, travel with partners, and be smart out there
  • **Cylinder Not Included**

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4 5

Airbags on a budget

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This pack is exactly what it is meant to be, an airbag pack for the masses. It's not your top of the line most technologically advanced airbag pack. The ABS system with twin bags will probably float better than the single bag from BCA. The ABS system will inflate microseconds faster than BCA. The ABS will also cost you about twice as much.

I've been using the Float 32 for two seasons now and I'm a fan. It is a very well organized pack. I love the separate goggle pocket, the tuck away mesh helmet carry, the dividers for probe and shovel are pretty standard and work well. I love that its a $5 cartridge refill as opposed to around $70 for ABS. There's plenty of space for just about any touring situation your going into. It is a big, and tall (as other have mentioned) pack. I'm 6'3 and feel that its size fits me comfortably, if I was much shorter I would go for the Float 22. I've seen shorter people (I'm talking around 5'6 and shorter) using this pack and thought it looked ridiculous and that there wasn't a shot in hell it was comfortable to ski with. Even for me it's still big enough that I never use this pack at the resort, strictly backcountry touring. I will admit I am not the biggest fan of how the pack sits. No matter how tight I strap it around my waist the support is not the best. I get more movement from the pack than I would really like, but its not horrible. The ski carry works well, but again it's not the best out there and on long boot packs it does start to wear one shoulder with the diagonal carry. It's not a big issue by any means but its noticeable.

I bought this pack because as a typical ski bum I didn't have the cash for a top of the line $1200 ABS pack and I am very happy with my purchase and absolutely recommend it. My complaints are minor and you will not find a better airbag pack at this price point. But, if you happen to have the cash, I'd recommend picking something out of the wide line of ABS packs.

4 5

Awesome Pack

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got this pack after using the Covert Avalung pack for a few years (wanted a little more insurance in case things didn't go as planned). I'm 5'10" and 170 lbs and it fits perfectly. It's definitely a longer pack, in terms of height, compared to the Covert pack. I feel like if you're kind of short, this pack may be a bit too long. You can fit a lot of gear in and it's pretty dang comfortable. Definitely pleased with this purchase.

Awesome Pack
5 5

My second season using the Float32

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my second season using the Float 32. I love the fit and functionality (I am 5'9" and 155lbs). I can access my layers, food and gear easily. My rescue gear fits easily in the outer pocket with room to spare.

I have deployed the pack several times as a means to test it and empty the cylinder prior to traveling to B.C.. Folding and repacking the airbag is much easier than it was on the earlier addition Float 30.

The pros for me are the fit and function. It has ample room and can compress if you are carrying less gear. Mounting skis is easy and quick and they ride comfortably. The helmet pocket is easy to deploy and stash. Finding a place to fill the cylinder when traveling has been easy so far.

Cons When I attached my hydration to the velcro near the top of the interior compartment the zipper for the airbag would begin to open especially when carrying skis. The simple remedy was to not use the strap. A couple of the zip pull strings broke. I simply fixed them with parachute cord and tape, no problem.

I would highly recommend this pack for anyone who is serious about self rescue. I would much prefer not to be buried as all or at least increase my chance of being near the surface. The pack has a great fit and intuitive utility. My only recommendation would be to provide the side pockets for the shovel handle and probe like the Float 30 thus freeing up some room in the two main compartments.

Do yourself and your ski buddies a favor and get this pack. To me it is essential gear and should be used by all serious back country travelers.

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Especially agree with an addition of side pockets for the shovel handle and probe but overall a good functional pack.

Igneous skis and the Float bag

Igneous skis and the Float bag

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Teton Pass top of Avalanche Bowl

Does this pack have the ability to carry...

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Does this pack have the ability to carry a snowboard vertically and/or horizontally?

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To make this bag snowboard carry capable you will want to purchase the Backcountry Access Float Snowboard Carry System. Unfortunately we do not carry this add-on at the moment but it is the best/easiest way to make this bag carry ready:
https://www.bcaccess.com/bcastore/english/products/product_detail.php?productID=137240

I purchased the float 32 last year. While...

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I purchased the float 32 last year. While carrying my skis in the recommended diagonal position the airbag zipper and Velcro released under the extra weight of the skis pulling the pack apart. compression straps were pulled tight. Any suggestions on how to rig the skis so this does not happen?

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Man, i cannot say besides you are carrying a ton of ski weight or that zipper/velcro is faulty. I've snowmobiled and hiked both with my skis with no issues. However, I am generally carrying a pair of Praxis 190 BC and Dynafits... lighter-weight setup.

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I also have had this problem and it wasn't while carrying a heavy setup. I had ON3P Jeffrey Tours with Radicals on there.

Snowboard carry attachment?

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Snowboard carry attachment?

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We do not have the snowboard carry attachment in stock right now but you can see it here:
https://www.bcaccess.com/bcastore/english/products/product_detail.php?productID=137240

5 5

BIG

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I bought this bag and then returned it for the Float 22. This bag is BIG. Not just in terms of what you can fit in it, but in the length/height of the actual bag. I am about 5'7" and it was from my neck to my butt, if not more. I just couldn't ski with a bag that big.

Hoping the Float 22 is a better fit, I will be posting a review soon. Besides the fit, this bag looked awesome so it could be 5 stars for the right person!

i just bought this pack from y'all. fit,...

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i just bought this pack from y'all. fit, styling(blue version) and quality all seem top notch.i had to get the canister from my local rei because i live in AK and while there they pointed out there is a recall ongoing for this pack (a faulty "e clip" or something. which makes the trigger nonfunctional). are the ones that backcountry.com is selling updated or in need of the fix/revision?

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Our BCA Reps came out to resolve this issue and everything we have in stock should be good to go. If you got this pack from us recently you should be fine but it wont hurt to give us a call just to check.

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i talked w/ BCA also and they said that I was good to go also. ALL of the new blue 32's are good to go they said.

Is this backpack ok for snowmobilers as...

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Is this backpack ok for snowmobilers as well? Or is it just for back country skiing?

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The pack would definitely work for a snowmobiler. I suggest looking at the Float 22 though, which has a version optimized for snowmobiling. It has the same airbag technology but you might not need the extra space since you'd be on a sled.

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Thank you so much for the advice! I really appreciate it!

Test Run

Test Run

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A former BCA rep and friend had me test out the airbag while skiing around the Wildcat lift at Alta. Good times! I was surprised by how loud the deployment was - WOAH!

4 5

Great Fit, Super Update to the 36

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This pack has just about all the fixes the Float 36 needed. I hated the 36, but love this 32. The fit is great, plenty of room without a bulky feeling. I used it for an entire season of backcountry skiing and never had any hotspots or wish I had more room. I'm 6'3" 210lb and this pack fits and carries well.

If you need something for more sled assisted or other mechanically assisted skiing, get the smaller pack.

Lots of fill up areas around the US as I traveled.

My only complaint is the horrible compression feature. The straps need to be about double the width... really the whole compression system needs to be different.

5 5

Excels as a ski pack

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I purchased this pack prior to last season and used it every day I went. I wouldn't quite say it's been through the wringer, but I have definitely become comfortable using it.
Pros:
The size is perfect for me and worked for every day I went, from hot laps with almost no extra gear to overnights in a lift shack. I would not use it for true winter camping tours, but it's the best I've used for day trips.
-The pocket layout is well thought out. The 'wet' pocket is great for avi gear (when needed) and skins, while the main pouch can hold layers, water, med kit, and anything else one would need.
-Going from an older pack to this one with an external helmet net is also extremely convenient. The helmet always takes up too much space inside the pack and can be awkward if it dangles on the outside.
-The removable airbag and engine is the best feature on the pack. I live in Vermont, where avalanche conditions are essentially nonexistent. Therefore, I don't need to carry the extra weight around for the days that I ski in Vermont, and can just install the system back in for trips to avalanche terrain. This is a versatile pack.
-The clasp for the waist strap is ingenious and I love it, but it does take some getting used to.
Cons:
-The adjustment straps feel like they gradually loosen over each day, but I have no specific evidence to support this.
-The hose routing for a bladder is a pain. I don't use a bladder for water, but my friend had some trouble setting his up.
-The cost is a deterrent ($550 + 100-175 for cylinder).

The bottom line is that this pack works and is the best backcountry skiing pack I have used.

5 5

A Goll-Dang Good Float Pack

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my second BCA Float bag and I couldn't be happier with it. I had the Float 40 last year and it was just too much bag for most days. The user interface is intuitive (you just pull the handle)(if you need to)(i hope you don't ever need to) and I find that the 32 liters is perfect for all but big excursions. The separate shovel and probe pocket really frees up the main compartment for the stuff you need most. Like soup and whiskey. Or layers if the soup and whiskey don't cut it. It's comfortable to wear even on long days and your girl will be really happy that you're using protection when you're not with her.

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