You can't predict the future, but you can be prepared when you head into the backcountry with a little help from the Backcountry Access Float Cylinder. Even though your airbag-equipped BCA backpack may already have a charged cylinder ready to go, it's always a good to have a backup ... you know, just in case you accidentally set it off while demonstrating your benign intentions to an adamant border agent.
Only compatible with Float Airbag Systems, the Float Cylinder fills the airbag when deployed. BCA encourages practicing the deployment of your airbag at least once per year. Once you have discharged your compressed air cylinder, it can be re-filled at any certified re-filler including dive shops.
Air cylinder compatible with, and only with, all Backcountry Access Float packs. Shipped empty and able to be refilled at any of BCA's 165 certified refill stations and in many other locations where compressed air products are sold.
|Compatibility:||BCA Float series Backpacks|
|Fill pressure:||2,700 psi|
|Pack Size:||0-999 cu in|
|Upc, Ean, Isbn:||857240002475|
|Weight:||1.38 pounds / 626 grams (Full), 1.25 pounds / 567 grams (Empty)|
|Backcountry Access Float Compressed Air Cylinder||$175.00|
I have had great experience with refilling and traveling with my cylinder. Scuba and paintball shops can refill it no problem. The fill port on it is a standard 1/8th inch paintball fill port so scuba shops do need an adaptor but it seems to be a common adaptor and most scuba shops have them. When you go on trips I would definitely plan ahead and make sure you know where you going to get your cylinder refilled, but I have had no issues. BCA has a map on their website where you can search for BCA certified refill centers. You can travel on a plane with it as long as the cylinder head is unscrewed from the cylinder and TSA can see inside it. I have never even been questioned at the airport.
Looks like these are getting around. I brought it to a SCUBA shop to see if they'd fill it up and they said 'yes' before I even finished my sentence. It takes ~hour, costs only a couple of dollars, and you're ready to go. It's a simple 2-step process to get it hooked up into the pack and will only take a few seconds. Make sure to dub check the pressure before you head out (easily read thru a window on the cylinder's sleeve inside your pack) and get to trail breaking. Have fun be safe.
I haven't had a problem finding a place to fill mine. It has the paintball fill port (as mentioned already), and most dive shops carry the correct adaptor as well. I also have my own adaptor for the cylinder to be filled directly from a SCUBA tank, though, in case the shop doesn't have an adaptor for the compressor.
It is so easy and cheap to refill. Check any SCUBA shop as well as your local ski shop. And once it is filled up, it just needs a few connections inside your pack and you are ready to go.
Keep in mind that these cylinders and others like it are not permitted to fly on a commercial airliner, per TSA regs. Plan on sending to yourself via UPS or FedEx or USPS.