The Black Diamond Halo 28 JetForce is Black Diamond's all-around day use oriented airbag touring pack. Our testers like the stealthy helmet holster, the quick and easy ski carrying system, and the useful zippered pockets. The Halo 28's battery powered fan is what set the JetForce series of packs apart from almost everything else, except the Arc'teryx Voltair 30, and remains one of our favorite systems. The JetForce makes travel fairly hassle free and gives the wearer the option of multiple deployments during the day. Our testers thought the zippered back panel access was okay, but we sometimes struggled re-packing it when we were maxing out its volume for the day. Besides the back panel entry, the Halo 28's main downside is its cost; it's also certainly on the heavier side of the spectrum. The Halo 28 remains a solid well-designed day touring pack that rides fantastically and is versatile enough for day touring and backcountry, as well as heli and cat skiing.
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