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Float 42™ Red Avalanche Airbag 15/16


Ski patrollers, mountain guides, and those prepared for long days or overnights.



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SKU: C1313FL30010 Category:

Product Description

The Float 42 avalanche airbag is designed for pros, guides, and those prepared for long days or overnights. Creating buoyancy and helping you float to the surface, the 150-liter airbag not only decreases your burial depth but also protects your head and neck from trauma in an avalanche.

Our biggest avalanche airbag pack in the BCA line, the Float 42 was created to provide ample space not only for your winter backcountry tools, but for a first-aid kit, glacier equipment, and all supplies necessary for extended multi-day trips. Our backpack straps on this pack are hydration compatible and the airbag system is removable, making it the most versatile airbag backpack on the market.

Highlights: Panel access, zippered tool compartment, lined goggle pocket, waist belt pockets, storable helmet carry system, load lifters, diagonal ski carry, dual ice axe carry, compression straps, exchangeable left or right side trigger, height adjustable trigger, daisy chain, fixed leg strap, hydration sleeve and optional snowboard attachment (sold as accessory).

BCA’s 200 authorized refill locations around the world make it the easiest refillable airbag system on the market. The Float Airbag system does not guarantee survival in an avalanche incident. Educate yourself, make good decisions, and know before you go. Float air cylinder must be purchased separately.

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Additional Information


42 liters / 2560 cubic inches


Full system: 7.2 lbs / 3254 g Full system without cylinder: 5.8 lbs / 2630 g Pack only: 4.2 lbs / 1910 g




3 Year Warranty


20-25 inch / 50.8 cm – 63.5 cm torso length

5 reviews for Float 42™ Red Avalanche Airbag 15/16

  1. :

    Like what I see. My Float 42 came in the mail a few weeks ago! The size is going to be perfect for hut trips, overnights and long days!! Even when it's not filled to capacity, the compression straps cinch the pack down to a totally managable/everyday size. I've been saving up for an airbag for a couple years now, and after I bought the Float42 I still had enough $ leftover to buy a couple 30 racks of PBR and some bourbon, so we had a sacrifice to Ullr party with old skis and serious bonfire!
  2. :

    Full functionality and piece of mind This pack is mack daddy of all airbags! No longer do you have to compromise what you bring out on a day due to lack of space. The enormous 42L pack easily fits extra layer, water, harness, crampons, axe, rope, helmet and goggles with room to spare. As a guide being able to fit extra first aid equipment, layers, water etc in a pack is essential- and this pack delivers. The ski carry system is amazing, A-frame or diagonal (can even fit two pairs of skis on the pack when boot packing). I always carry a helmet for when I am descending or the ascent gets gnarly but never skin with it on, the Float's helmet carry is one of my favorite feature and gets used all the time. This pack makes life easier and gives me a piece of mind having the airbag. Highly functional and essential piece of gear.
  3. :

    Over the past three months I’ve worked as a ski guide in Kashmir, Alaska, and Greenland. Skiing in such parts of the world requires the right safety equipment. At the core of transporting the proper tools into the backcountry is a worthy pack, and having the added benefit of airbag technology in this day and age is a no brainer. Ample storage, comfort in carry, and reliability are three things I’m looking for in an airbag, among other things. Through my guiding season I have traveled, skied, and put a BCA Float 42 airbag through the ringer. In the end, it’s met most every test I’ve thrown its way. It swallows up my whole junk show no matter how much I seem to pack in there, the airbag system is easy to use, and although when fully loaded I might look like I’m skiing with another person strapped to my back, the pack carries exceptionally well. See my whole review at Gearmarket
  4. :

    Recently, I brought the Float 42 to a 2 week ski tour in Antarctica. This was the perfect pack since I could easily store all my essential safety gear plus crampons, ice axes, ropes, camera, etc. This is the perfect pack for extended trips, ice climbing and ski mountaineering missions.
  5. :

    Over the past three months I've managed a ski area in Northern Kashmir called Gulmarg. My daily duties are to manage avalanche control operations, further development of the ski area, and issue a daily backcountry avalanche advisory for the surrounding region. The Backcountry Access Float 42 pack is my go-to pack for daily work, having enough room for shots, self-rescue gear, first aid equipment, and food and water. It is THE pack for mechanized ski operations work.

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