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Awards Top Pick Award Editors' Choice Award  Best Buy Award Top Pick Award 
Price $499.95 at REI$779.97 at Backcountry
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$1,300 List$549.95 at REI
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$463.95 at Amazon
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Pros Lightweight, least expensive airbag pack, excellent backcountry friendly features, versatile, moves fantastically with the user on the downEasy to manage, huge snow safety tools pocket, lightweight, easy to travel with, multiple deployments if you carry extra AA batteries, trigger can be worn in either shoulderBest airbag system currently out there, one of the best fitting airback packs, killer pack design, functional, extremely water resistant, lots of small and rad features, easy to travel withInexpensive, well-designed pack, lightweightLightest airbag pack in its volume range, moves well on the down, sweet ski and snowboard carry system, bomber suspension
Cons Only comes in one frame size, Over-all volume is (barely) big enough for most, but not all day trips, snow safety gear pocket on the small sideWide shoulder straps, frame lengths slightly more gear toward taller/bigger folks, diagonal ski carry is a little more challenging to drop skis into than other models, not much in the way of organizational optionsOne of the heavier airbag packs, expensiveOne size that doesn't fit many shorter peopleNot many features, no dedicated snow safety gear pocket
Bottom Line A great design and great value; it can double for occasional day tours, making it tough to beatA solid all-around pack design creates one of the most user-friendly and touring-focused packs on the marketOne of our favorite packs in the fleet, it excels no matter the taskOne of our favorite overall pack designs coupled with BCA's basic functionalityIf you don't love how much weight they add to your touring kit, this pack is probably for you
Rating Categories Backcountry Access Float 22 JetForce Tour 26L Arc'teryx Voltair 30 Backcountry Access Float 32 Mammut Light Removable 3.0
Airbag System (20%)
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9
Backcountry Utility (22%)
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Comfort (12%)
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9
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8
Downhill Performance (13%)
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Specs Backcountry Access... JetForce Tour 26L Arc'teryx Voltair 30 Backcountry Access... Mammut Light...
Volume (liters) 22L useable space 26L 30L useable space 32L useable space 30L
Weight with Cartridge (pounds) 6.5 lbs 5.7 lbs 7.6 lbs 7.06 lbs 5.63 lbs
Airbag unit or packs can be purchased separately/independently Yes (but only 1 8L model) No No Yes (but only 1 8L model) Yes
Cartridge type Compressed Air Electric fan Electric fan Compressed Air Compressed Air
Approximate cost to Refill $5-20 Not Applicable Not Applicable $5-20 $5-20
Volume of Bag(s) 1x 150L 150L 1x 150L 1x 150L 150L
Frame sizes One size SM/ML One size One size One size
Can you fly with it? Yes, empty domestically in the US, Full internationally. Yes, no cartridge Yes, no cartridge Yes, empty domestically in the US, Full internationally. Yes, domestically in the US when cartridge is empty; internationally when full
Helmet carrier? Yes Yes No Yes No
Carry Snowboard With extra attachement No Yes With extra attachement Yes
Carry skis A-frame or Diagonal Diagonal Diagonal Diagonal/vertical carry on back Diagonal Diagonal
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