The Black Diamond Saga 40 JetForce has loads of sweet features, packs easily, is super comfortable, and is one of the better larger volume airbag packs on the market. As a result, it is the winner of our OutdoorGearLab Top Pick for best airbag pack for multi-day trips and hut-to-hut adventures. The Saga 40 is nearly the best, if not the best, at handling heavier loads on both the up and the down, and is surprisingly comfortable for long periods of time.
Its top loading design means it's easy to make the most of its 40L capacity (AKA cramming stuff inside) and the back panel access means it's not a nightmare to find specific items. Overall the Saga is a very feature rich and backcountry friendly pack, with an array of useable zippered pockets, a quick ski carrying system, and a stealthy helmet holster. There are the obvious advantages of the electric fan over compressed air, allowing the user multiple deployments, hassle free refills, and easy travel. The Saga's only downside, at $1150, it's the second most expensive airbag pack in our review, after the Editors' Choice Arc'teryx Voltair 30, $1300. It's also around half a pound heavier than similarly volume packs, and its snow safety gear pocket is a little tight; in fact, we couldn't fit our skins in it, and it wasn't easy to pack away a saw and shovel back into the safety gear compartment after completing a midday stability test.