Float Avalanche Airbags – All Models

Float Air Cylinder Refills & Exchanges

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FLOAT AVALANCHE AIRBAGS – ALL MODELS

Are Float 1.0 and Float 2.0 avalanche airbags and cylinders compatible?
No. The Float 1.0 and Float 2.0 have different airbag systems and cylinder and are NOT cross-compatible. The Float MtnPro 1.0 Avalanche Airbag Vest uses the same float airbag system (150 Liter Airbag) as all other Float 2.0 models, however it only uses the Float 1.0 cylinder. The smaller Float 2.0 cylinders are not compatible with the Float MtnPro 1.0 Avalanche Airbag Vests. BCA recommends testing your air cylinder and airbag once every season to ensure that everything is mechanically sound before heading into the field.

Where do I find the leg harness on the Float pack?
The leg harness is attached to the left side waist belt and stored in a sleeve.

How do Float avalanche airbags reduce avalanche burial depth?
Inverse segregation, more commonly referred to as the “Brazil nut effect,” is the science behind why avalanche airbags work. The turbulent movement sorts different shaped objects by size (similar to the way large Brazil nuts will rise to the top when a bowl of mixed nuts is shaken). Smaller objects are more likely to fall into the voids created by the turbulence, while larger objects move to the top. In addition to increasing your overall buoyancy, the Float avalanche airbags are designed to make a backcountry user “bigger” than the surrounding pieces of debris in an avalanche. The Floats use compressed air in the cylinder to fill the bag and make the user’s volume larger, reducing or eliminating burial depth and increasing your chances of survival.

How do I attach the external shovel carry attachment to my Float pack?
Download our Float External Shovel Carry Attachment Instructions to learn how to properly attach the external shovel carry attachment without impeding the airbag functionality.

How do I install Float avalanche airbag accessories, such as BC Link radio cord, hydration hose and trigger?
Watch this video to learn how to properly install Float avalanche airbag accessories into the pack so that they do not interfere with an airbag deployment.

How do I repack a Float avalanche airbag?
Watch this video to learn how to repack a Float avalanche airbag into the pack after it has been deployed.


FLOAT AIR CYLINDER REFILLS & EXCHANGES

How do I refill or exchange a Float compressed air cylinder?
There are several ways to refill or exchange your cylinder once it has been discharged. BCA has an extensive network of BCA-certified refill centers published on our Refill Center Locator page. These include select dealers, SCUBA and paintball shops, and fire stations.  BCA also offers a cylinder exchange program.  This enables Float owners to exchange empty cylinders for full cylinders at the dealer’s location or at BCA instead of a certified refill station.  Visit the BCA cylinder refill and exchange page for more information.

Do not attempt to recharge the cylinder at locations that are not authorized by BCA, as this process requires training, documentation, and parts provided by BCA. For a list of BCA authorized refill stations, please visit our Refill Center Locator Page.

How often should I refill and test a Float avalanche airbag cylinder?
BCA encourages practicing the deployment of your airbag at least once per year. Once you have discharged your compressed air cylinder, you will need to bring it to BCA, BCA Canada, or to an authorized BCA Float cylinder refill station.

Where can I find the closest air cylinder refill/exchange location?
Click here to find a BCA certified refill/exchange center location near you.

How are avalanche airbag air cylinders installed?
Watch this video to see how to install an avalanche airbag compressed air cylinder.

Can I transport a Float avalanche airbag cylinder on commercial airlines?

Domestic Air Travel: The best way to fly with your air cylinder is to empty it with the head detached. Discharge the compressed air cylinder before entering the airport. Unscrew the cylinder head from the cylinder and put both in re-sealable plastic bags. Carry them through the TSA security checkpoint so they are visible to TSA personnel. Afterward, the cylinder head can be screwed back on the cylinder by hand. When you reach your destination, locate a Float retailer or refill center and exchange or refill your empty cylinder. For a list of Float refill/exchange locations, see our refill centers store locator page.

It’s also possible to purchase a high-pressure floor pump that you can bring in your luggage. When you reach your destination, simply fill your cylinder manually. We suggest the Benjamin High-Pressure Hand Pump from Crosman Corporation. This can be found online through your favorite search engine.

International Air Travel: While the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has specifically approved avalanche airbags with pressurized cylinders for airline travel, the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) does not allow them. If you are traveling in countries outside of North America where refills are not available, contact your airline in advance for permission to check through your pressurized Float cylinder. If permission is granted, then pack the pressurized air cylinder in your checked baggage with the IATA dangerous goods regulations printed out and clearly shown.  Unfortunately, regardless of this document and verbal permission often times cylinders have been confiscated by airlines.  If you are traveling to or from North America, then TSA will not allow your pressurized cylinder on board.

Float Air Travel Documents
Download and print, carry with you, attached to your cylinder for airport security!


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