Designed for pros, guides, and dedicated backcountry junkies the Backcountry Access Float 32 Pack carries all the essentials. An airbag is designed to keep you at or near the surface, minimizing excavation time. BCA's Float avalanche airbags are the first airbags that are both affordable and easily reusable. A wide network of BCA-authorized refill centers provide unmatched service to Float purchasers. A small 2,700-psi (186 bar) compressed-air cylinder, single-chamber 150-liter airbag, and super efficient venturi system make the Float systems easy to refill, light and affordable.
Air Cylinder sold separately
Designed for pros, guides and the backcountry fanatic the Backcountry Access Float 32 Pack also comes with tons of features you are sure to enjoy. This pack features 1593 cubic inches to store all of your gear you need and also features a new external shovel and probe pocket, waist belt pockets, lined goggle pocket, hydration sleeve and a diagonal ski carry with a helmet carry. You can set the trigger to the left or right shoulder strap to release the airbag on the Backcountry Access Float 32 pack.
Preventing or minimizing burial depth is the key to reducing avalanche fatalities. That’s because the majority of time in an avalanche rescue is spent on excavating the victim. An airbag is designed to keep you at or near the surface, minimizing excavation time. BCA's Float avalanche airbags are the first airbags that are both affordable and easily reusable. A wide network of BCA-authorized refill centers provide unmatched service to Float purchasers. A small 2,700-psi (186 bar) compressed-air cylinder (sold separately), single-chamber 150-liter airbag, and super efficient venturi system make the Float systems easy to refill, light and affordable.
Note: the required Air Cylinder is sold separately and can be found here.
Float 32 vs. Float 22:
BCA Probe and Shovel Compatibility:
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.
The Backcountry Access Float 32 Avalanche Airbag pack incorporates an inflatible airbag that is designed to keep you at or near the surface of the snow during an avalanche.
|Bag Depth:||6.5 inches|
|Bag Height:||23 inches|
|Bag Width:||11.5 inches|
|Capacity:||1950 cu in / 32 L|
|Cylinder Weight:||1.38 lb / 626 g (full)|
|Dimensions:||20 x 11 x 8 inches|
|Fits torso:||17 - 22 inches|
|Fits waist/hips:||24 - 56 inches|
|Gear capacity (L):||32 liters|
|Gear capacity (cu. in.):||1,593 cubic inches|
|Hydration Bladder Compatible:||No|
|Hydration Bladder Included:||Not Included|
|Materials:||330 double rip stop nylon and 840 ballistic nylon|
|Number of exterior pockets:||3 + main compartment|
|Pack Features:||Top Loader|
|Pack Size:||1000-1999 cu in|
|Pack Volume:||1593 cu in.|
|Weight:||5 lb 3.2 oz / 2.360 kg (does not include cylinder)|
|Weight - metric:||2.3 kilograms|
|Backcountry Access Float 32 with Airbag and Engine Backpack||$550.00|
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.
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.
-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.
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.
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.
I have been really happy with my Float 32. It has quite a bit of storage space in the main compartment and has a dedicated avalanche tool compartment. It has enough storage space to carry a lot of gear for a full day. My favorite features are the helmet carry and the lined goggle pocket. I considered the Mammut and the ABS packs as well but in terms of price and weight you really can't beat the Float 32. Also, the cylinder is really easy to refill because it is filled with compressed air. You can get it filled at paintball or scuba shops for about 10 bucks.
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 love the added security this pack provides. Of course I do not ski anything I wouldn't have gone down without this pack, but I like knowing it's there. It has slightly less space then I am used to, but I like that it makes me only take what is necessary.
The BCA system where the bag inflates on top of the bag is appealing since the cushon sits in the neck/head area, like a gigant Dracula collar. The system with a rechargable float cylinger is pretty smart if you intend on bringing the backpack on an airplane. Not all airlines are happy about bringing charged cylinders onboard and it might cost some time in hassle and a small fortune in cash to be allowed onboard. Bringing an empty cylinder solves the issue as long as there is a refill opportunity where you are heading.
I have tested this backpack during a few thousand feet of skiascents over easter here on the northwest coast of Norway and have a pretty good feel for how well it performs as a pack. The float32 is easy, got good compartments, it is easy to seggragate safety/rescue stuff from your other normal gear like down jacket/food/goggles/... etc. It is spacious, maybe a bit too spacious for daytrips. I found that there was lots of spare capacity after packing all my gear. Not a problem though as it is pretty easy to compress the pack. One thing we couldn't figure out is why the helmet mesh on the outside is mounted top down rather than down up. Maybe it doesn't matter, but I personally feel better when my headpot lies safely in a meshbag with little ability to fall out. :)
This was the good side, what I'm not too happy about is the lower part of the carrying system. BCA could do some work on improving their cushoning, particularly in the lower back region. The float32 is a bit unstable on the ascent, moving about as you walk, which is uncomfortable. On the descent you can tighten the pack so it's not really an issue, but it still doesn't fit as snugle and comfortably as my favourite winter day pack. Adding some cushoning along the spine and hip region will make it into a daypack of choice. Having tried the pack my conclusion is that I'll use my float32 mostly for descents due to the comfort issue of carrying a load on the ascents.