Creating buoyancy and helping you float to the surface, the 150-
Integrated low profile avalanche airbag pack to carry avalanche safety equipment, gear and a few other essentials. Full front, side and back protection with 1 mm of hard shell sandwiched between two layers of PE foam.
Features integration for BC Link radios, hydration compatibility, left or right side trigger mount, fixed leg strap, zippered front pockets, adjustable waist belt and side panels and tether loop for attaching snowmobile kill switch.
- Best Use: Snowmobile
- 12 liters / 732 cubic inches
- 7.5 pounds / 3422 grams (whole system including cylinder)
- Preventing or minimizing burial depth is the key to reducing avalanche fatalities. That’s because the majority of time in an avalanche rescue is spent on excavating the victim. An airbag is designed to keep you at or near the surface, minimizing excavation time.
- Thin profile and lightweight; enough volume to carry rescue tools, lunch, water, and extra layers. Features new dedicated shovel/probe pocket, helmet and diagonal ski carrying system, and waist belt pocket.
How do Float airbags reduce burial depth?
- Inverse segregation, more commonly referred to as the ‘Brazil nut effect’ is the science behind why 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.
Important info regarding compressed air cylinders:
- Rental units are shipped with an EMPTY air cylinder.
- You cannot take a filled cylinder on a commercial airline, either checked or carry on, so plan ahead.
- The renter must have the cylinder filled near his trip destination. A list of BCA Refill Centers can be found HERE > be sure you have a way to fill before you order
- It is often difficult to find a place to have the cylinder filled –
we have a limited number of SCUBA/Paintball Fill adapters for a small extra charge. This adapter allows the cylinder to be filled using a SCUBA tank, which should enable you to have the cylinder filled at any SCUBA shop, or off of any SCUBA tank. Choose to add to your order during booking.
- Cylinders must be emptied before shipping back using the prepaid return label.