Just in case you missed all the trade show coverage, get ready for BCA’s new generation of avalanche airbags: the Float 2.0. By increasing the efficiency of our ejector (venturi) and adding 300 psi to the cylinder, we’ve made our cylinder 30% smaller and we’ve made the whole system 20% lighter.
BCA previewed the 2.0 system a few months ago at our trade shows in the U.S., Japan, and Europe. In this video from the winter ISPO show in Munich, Swedish freeskiing journalist Jens Nyström grills BCA VP Bruce Edgerly on the packs’ “freestyle friendliness.” Edge and Jens verified their freestylability by each performing a mute and Japan grab, respectively. Seriously while the Float Speed packs were mainly designed for fast, light backcountry skiing, their newly shaved weight and size do make them just as ideal for aggressive freeriding. (If you’re wondering about the “plumbing” comments, Edge was answering Jens’s question about why BCA Float packs are lighter and more reliable than ABS dual-airbag packs.)
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BCA will offer four new airbags this fall: the Float 17 Speed and Float 27 Speed airbag packs with the 2.0 system, the Float 12 airbag with 1.0 system, and the updated Float MtnPro Vest with 1.0 system. The Float 12 is designed for smaller torso lengths, especially for women. The new Float MtnPro Vest is mainly for snowmobilers and comes in two sizes, both with dedicated external shovel carry.
One huge benefit of the scaled-down ejector and cylinder is that everything now fits inside the airbag compartment, leaving the main compartment free of the cylinder, trigger cable, and air hose (“plumbing”) that now occupy our Float 1.0 packs. This means you have more useable volume in the pack’s main storage compartment. In addition to losing weight in the engine and cylinder, the fabrics are lighter and include fewer layers. The cylinder pressure is now 2800-3000 psi instead of 2500-2700 psi. Of course, all the new 2017-18 Float packs have dual, adjustable “stash” sleeves for airbag trigger, hydration and/or BC Link radio.
“It’s totally freestyleable,” Jens concluded after performing a minor “huck test” in our ISPO booth. If you want to learn a few new tricks this spring, make sure you check out his freestyle tutorials.