BCA Float 42L

Backcountry AccessSKU: C1813004010


The BCA Float 42 avalanche airbag is designed for pros, guides, and those prepared for long days or overnights. Creating buoyancy and helping you float to the surface, the 150-liter airbag not only decreases your burial depth but also protects your head and neck from trauma in an avalanche.

The biggest avalanche airbag pack in the BCA line, the BCA Float 42 was created to provide ample space not only for your winter back-country tools, but for a first-aid kit, glacier equipment, and all supplies necessary for extended multi-day trips. Our backpack straps on this pack are hydration compatible and the airbag system is removable, making it the most versatile airbag backpack on the market.


All your numbers:

  • Volume: 2563 cubic inches / 42 liter
  • Pack Weight: 7.1 pounds / 3215 g (entire system including full cylinder)
  • Pack Weight: 5.8 pounds / 2630 g (pack, airbag, engine, no cylinder)
  • Warranty: 3 Years Float System: 2.0
  • Integrated Float airbag system with left or right shoulder strap trigger mount
  • Height adjustable waistbelt
  • Easy in/out cylinder sleeve with zipper


By increasing the efficiency of their ejector (Venturi) and adding 300 psi to the cylinder, Backcountry Access has made their cylinder 30% smaller and the whole system 20% lighter. In addition to losing weight in the engine and cylinder, the fabrics are lighter and include fewer layers. The cylinder pressure is now 2800-3000 psi instead of 2500-2700 psi.

One huge benefit of the scaled-down ejector and cylinder is that everything now fits inside the airbag compartment, leaving the main compartment free of the cylinder, trigger cable, and air hose hat now occupy BCA Float 1.0 packs. This means you have more usable volume in the pack's main storage compartment. 

Float 42L Manual

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