Designed for high-performance mountain snowmobiling, the Float MtnPro Vest avalanche airbag is a low profile pack/vest that integrates with external equipment such as hydration systems or BC Link Radios.
The Float MtnPro Vest features full front, side and back protection with 1mm of hard shell sandwiched between two layers of PE foam. This provides protection from trees, rocks, handle bars, or whatever else you might come across on your sled adventures. The Float MtnPro Vest includes external shovel carry, secure dual side-release buckles over the front zip, articulated shoulders, and bigger pockets.
BCA’s next-generation Float 2.0 Cylinder is nearly 30% smaller and 15% lighter than the 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.
- Best Use: Snowmobile
- 20 liters / 1220 cubic inches
- 8.1 pounds / 3652 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.
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 as standard, but OER now offers a FULL option: click here.
- 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, if the FULL option is not ordered. 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.