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BCA Float 32™ Avalanche Airbag 2.0

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 7 customer ratings
(8 customer reviews)

$549.95

Our full-featured pack for dedicated backcountry junkies carrying all the essentials. Available in orange and black –  choose color below.
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Description

The Float 32™’s 150-liter airbag not only creates buoyancy and decreases your burial depth but also protects your head and neck from trauma in an avalanche. BCA’s next generation Float 2.0 cylinder is nearly 30% smaller and 15% lighter than our Float 1.0 engine.  All the Float 2.0 system elements sit entirely separate behind a zippered covering, freeing up valuable space in the main compartment for gear, first-aid kit, and supplies.

BCA’s 200 authorized refill locations around the world make it the easiest refillable airbag system on the market. Float 2.0 air cylinder must be purchased separately.

The Float Airbag system does not guarantee survival in an avalanche incident.  Educate yourself, make good decisions, and know before you go!

Float Avalanche Airbag Resources

Float 32™ Avalanche Airbag Video

Additional information

Volume

1952 cu. in / 32 liters (with system)

Weight

.71 lbs / 3043 grams (full system with cylinder)
5.48 lbs / 2485 grams (full system without cylinder)
4.02 lbs / 1806 grams (pack only)

Dimensions

Waist: 160cm / 63 in, Crotch 110cm / 43 in Shoulder: 120cm / 47 in. Torso length: 18-23 inch / 45.72 cm – 58.42 cm

Materials

210 denier mini ripstop nylon w/ PU coating (main)
420 denier nylon w/ PU coating (high wear areas)
200 denier polyester (lining)

Zippers

YKK w/ DWR coating

Color

Black, Orange

Patent

Patent: #7,878,141

8 reviews for BCA Float 32™ Avalanche Airbag 2.0

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Josh Bibby

    Amazing lightweight pack. I use this every day I am out on in the backcountry. I have only had to test pull the bag… In which case it has working flawlessly every time. I have had friends borrow this bang before and both of them who were able to try went out and grabbed one for themselves afterwards. In my opinion it is the best air bag on the market.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Earl Lancaster

    Excellent pack for mountain riding in Alaska., really like the fact that it’s set up to to accept the bca link radio. This pack has room for everything I need for a day in the mountains and still has room to put the fleece under my jacket inside if I start to overheat. Absolutely love it

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lucy Sackbauer

    I use this pack on the reg. for both short sidecountry missions and longer days in the backcountry. The organization of the pack is great. You have a separate pocket for avy gear and plenty of room in the second larger pocket for extra layers, water, and snacks. There’s a lined goggle pocket and a smaller inside pocket for keys / and or first aid kit supplies. Finally the outside helmet provides a snug mesh pocket for your helmet without sacrificing space in the back or it loosely dangling from a side.

    In addition to the near perfect organization, the sizing of the pack is also a plus. There is a height adjustable waist belt and the shoulder straps cinch to fit a range of sizes.

    The ski carry is a simple diagonal design, and when not in use the straps pack into their own little pockets that prevent potential to snag on trees and provide a sleek, clean look.

    I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a larger, yet fairly light weight pack as an additional tool to add to your avalanche safety kit.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Owen Leeper

    Been using BCA backs since the beginning, now the airbag system is streamlined and weighs even less so you hardly notice it on your back. The pack has great storage for crampons, axe, skins, layers, food and water for a good day in the backcountry. I wouldn’t go skiing without it. Diagonal ski carry works great and is quicker than a-frame carry with a pull out helmet cover you can throw your helmet on the back when it’s too hot skinning.

    The compressed air cylinder is great for traveling, you can easily refill it at scuba or paintball shops. Much cheaper to fly with than other systems. Picked up a float22 for sidecountry as well and just swap canisters back and forth.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Grifen Moller

    This Float 32 by BCA is one of their most versatile packs. I have had for one season now and use it for everything. It is my go to pack for side country, long days in the backcountry, hiking, and a normal everyday pack you’d bring to the mountain. The Float 32 is a perfect size to fit everything you’d need for day in the backcountry. It has places for everything, ice axe, skis, snowboard, hydration, BC link radios, and an easy access pocket for shovel and probe. I am able to carry my skins, lunch, extra layers, lenses, water, and all my backcountry gear plus some extra things. Another bonus to this pack is the helmet net, it I use it every day whether I’m skinning or just as a place to store my helmet. It is definitely a pack I will continue to use.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Michael Arnold, AMGA/IFMGA Mountain Guide

    Shape, Comfort & Fit: At first look, I noticed the new shape — more rounded and less boxy. I loaded 40lbs into the pack and walked around the house, tweaking it for my fit. Then I wore the pack in the field. During the first few days of downhill skiing, I adjusted the hip belt, load limiters and sternum strap to minimize the shifting of the pack while skiing. The waist belt allows the torso length of the pack to be adjusted. The medium to large setting works for my 19-inch spine. I set it at medium for days when I use a climbing harness; large for days when I don’t need the pack to sit as high on my hips. (My personal stats: Height — 6ft, Waist — 30-32in, Spine — 19in, Weight — 170lbs). I’ve adjusted the pack for numerous clients and found it fits a variety of people well, with the exception of petite females and small frame males. When shopping for a pack, it’s a good idea to bring your gear to a shop, load the pack, and make sure it fits comfortably. Pockets and Packing: The large volume of the main compartment makes it easy to pack a full day guide’s kit (sled, first aid, repair, avalanche essentials, food and water) and still have room to haul some extra items. In the mountains when I’m working as a guide, I like to have compartments for my gear. The different colored zippers on the Float help me keep things organized. In the red zipper pocket, I put my shovel and probe and there’s plenty of room. An ice axe is best stowed inside the pack on any avalanche airbag. When lashed to the outside of the pack, there’s the danger of puncturing a deployed airbag which is not good for your chances of survival, and no one likes getting axed in the tram either. I pack all my kit top down via the clamshell main compartment. Then my other essentials (first aid, repair food and water) are easily accessed with the third zipper via the suitcase style pack. This is purely stylistic, but I have seen great efficiency with this system. There is a small 2-liter pocket inside for stuff like wallet and phone. I have noticed the external zippers hold out the elements better than the old style zips. And I like the 2 pockets on the hip belt. External Carry Features: The Float packs have some of the better helmet carrying options. This has a sleek mesh “basket” that you can stow away when utilizing the helmet. The helmet carry basket is a permanently fixed component on the pack and can be stowed away when wearing the helmet. This pack allows you to carry either skis or snowboard. When you carry skis diagonally, you can rotate the helmet basket and have the helmet on top of the pack. Without ski carry, a helmet fits on the backside of the pack. I noticed more durability in the breakable zipper of the airbag system when carrying skis are on your back. (Remember with any airbag you want to AVOID “A-Framing” your skis when traveling in avalanche terrain.) Airbag System: The airbag provides trauma protection to the head without decreasing your peripheral vision. You can switch the trigger to either side of the pack. After the airbag is deployed, I found the re-packing easy. There is a diagram on the packs showing the proper way to fold the airbag once it is deployed.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Michael Arnold, AMGA/IFMGA Mountain Guide

    Shape, Comfort & Fit:
    At first look, I noticed the new shape — more rounded and less boxy. I loaded 40lbs into the pack and walked around the house, tweaking it for my fit. Then I wore the pack in the field. During the first few days of downhill skiing, I adjusted the hip belt, load limiters and sternum strap to minimize the shifting of the pack while skiing.

    The waist belt allows the torso length of the pack to be adjusted. The medium to large setting works for my 19-inch spine. I set it at medium for days when I use a climbing harness; large for days when I don’t need the pack to sit as high on my hips. (My personal stats: Height — 6ft, Waist — 30-32in, Spine — 19in, Weight — 170lbs).

    I’ve adjusted the pack for numerous clients and found it fits a variety of people well, with the exception of petite females and small frame males. When shopping for a pack, it’s a good idea to bring your gear to a shop, load the pack, and make sure it fits comfortably.

    Pockets and Packing:
    The large volume of the main compartment makes it easy to pack a full day guide’s kit (sled, first aid, repair, avalanche essentials, food and water) and still have room to haul some extra items.

    In the mountains when I’m working as a guide, I like to have compartments for my gear. The different colored zippers on the Float help me keep things organized.

    In the red zipper pocket, I put my shovel and probe and there’s plenty of room. An ice axe is best stowed inside the pack on any avalanche airbag. When lashed to the outside of the pack, there’s the danger of puncturing a deployed airbag which is not good for your chances of survival, and no one likes getting axed in the tram either.

    I pack all my kit top down via the clamshell main compartment. Then my other essentials (first aid, repair food and water) are easily accessed with the third zipper via the suitcase style pack. This is purely stylistic, but I have seen great efficiency with this system.

    There is a small 2-liter pocket inside for stuff like wallet and phone. I have noticed the external zippers hold out the elements better than the old style zips. And I like the 2 pockets on the hip belt.

    External Carry Features:
    The Float packs have some of the better helmet carrying options. This has a sleek mesh “basket” that you can stow away when utilizing the helmet. The helmet carry basket is a permanently fixed component on the pack and can be stowed away when wearing the helmet. This pack allows you to carry either skis or snowboard. When you carry skis diagonally, you can rotate the helmet basket and have the helmet on top of the pack. Without ski carry, a helmet fits on the backside of the pack. I noticed more durability in the breakable zipper of the airbag system when carrying skis are on your back. (Remember with any airbag you want to AVOID “A-Framing” your skis when traveling in avalanche terrain.)

    Airbag System:
    The airbag provides trauma protection to the head without decreasing your peripheral vision. You can switch the trigger to either side of the pack. After the airbag is deployed, I found the re-packing easy. There is a diagram on the packs showing the proper way to fold the airbag once it is deployed.

  8. Alex D

    Great Backcountry/Touring Pack

    This is now the second BCA Float 32 pack I have owned and I am a big fan of the new version. I use this pack for split boarding and bigger/longer backcountry days.

    The stand out difference with the new version is the ergonomics and sizing. The new pack looks to be a least a few inches shorter that the previous version, and now comes with a hip strap that is adjustable(vertically) according to your height. I am 6’2” tall so I never had any fit concerns with the older bag, but I could see how the bags height could caused fit issues with shorter users, the updated Float 32 should address this and I’m sure will be welcomed by shorter (than me) folk.

    The new compression straps on the side are big improvement. They are much more burly and do a better job a cinching down the pack when you are getting ready to ski/ride. They now have buckles that make it much easier to strap down gear to the sides of the pack if need be. As a snowboarder/split boarder, I have been able to use them to “A” frame my split board when I needed to walk/hike. I realize this renders the airbag system non-functional, but it was a welcome option when I was starting at a trailhead below the snow line.

    Shovel/probe pocket works as expected and is easy to access. The color difference with the zippers is a thoughtful touch to visually separate the pockets.

    New hip strap now has two pockets (one on each side) which I love because thats were I stash food/snacks for the approach. I also keep chapstick and a small compass in one just so they are always in my pack and easy to get to.

    The upper sternum strap now has a built in whistle, which I appreciate because it’s one less thing I have to remember to bring/have.

    My only real gripe with the new version is that the ‘goggle’ pocket has been moved inward so now it is positioned between the gear pockets and shovel/probe pocket, so that when my back is full of skins/poles/gear etc it makes it a little harder to keep an extra pair of goggles, or I worry about my sun glasses getting a little crunched when descending. Kind of a minor thing, but just trying to address all the changes.

    I have used this pack for a while now and definitely put it through its paces. Touring in Colorado, Utah, and Alaska and the thing hasn’t shown any wear at all. Especially impressed after a 3 day backcountry camping trip in Colorado last spring (towed sleds to carry camping equipment) were it really got abused and used in ways other than what it was designed for. A definite improvement from the former version, I would highly recommend this pack.

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