This was a really nice pack and it can hold a lot of gear compared to the Float 22, which is what I currently have now. The only problem I had with this pack was when I used it for snowmobiling. If I were to tilt my head back just slightly while on the sled my helmet would hit into the pack. This proved to be very annoying for riding and made it hard to concentrate on turns and transitions. So I would not recommend for snowmobilers. However, I had no problem with my ski helmet hitting so I would recommend this pack for skiers/snowboarders. I never got a chance to deploy the airbag since I only used it 2-3 times so I can't comment on that. It is nice being able to go to the local scuba shop (BCA certified) and fill up the air cylinder for $8.