As one of the first companies to bring airbag packs to consumers, BCA has put a lot of time into fine-tuning their flagship Float lineup. The 32-liter model is the perfect size for day tours, according to testers. There was plenty of space for lunch, extra layers, a backup puffy coat, DSL-R camera with an extra lens, and water bottles. Not to mention avy gear, and skins on the descent. Testers were unsure of the best place to store their collapsible poles on the descent to avoid interference with airbag deployment. The goggle pocket was roomy enough for at least one pair if not two.
The back padding is super comfy. So are the broad shoulder straps, and the airbag deployment handle/pull trigger can be moved from right to left depending on user preference. Torso length is easy to adjust from a size small pack to a size large by simply unfastening the Velcro behind the back and moving the hip-belt up or down. The helmet sling tucks away nicely so it’s easily accessible to expedite transitions but won’t snag on tree branches during descent.
The compression straps double as the vertical snowboard carry system. They’re not the beefiest but they get the job done. Dual hip-belt pockets are always a plus, as is the leg harness attached to the hip-belt. This pack is littered with anchor points for attaching additional gear with carabiners, etc. Aside from the mediocre snowboard carry straps, the only other negative about this pack is the lack of back-panel access. BCA air canister sold separately for $175.