An avy-airbag when you want it, a regular pack when you don’t, the Removable Air System of the Mammut Pro R.A.S. 35 makes this pack a versatile, multi-season option.
The Columbia Bugaboo Ranger is an exceptional pack for resort, sidecountry, and quick-access backcountry skiing, and one tweak would make it absolutely perfect.
The Mystery Ranch Blackjack is an airbag pack where the pack itself doesn’t feel like an afterthought. And that fact might be far more important than you think.
Built for climbers, the Arc’teryx Miura 50 pack offers easy gear access, a comfortable fit, and a marsupial-inspired design.
The CamelBak Charge is designed for long-haul riding, with ample storage, a large bladder, and an overall light weight.
The fit, adjustability, storage options, and well thought-out details of the Osprey Raptor pack add up to create a near-perfect riding pack.
The Deuter Race Air Light hydration pack’s intelligent design, thoughtful features, and great fit are ideal for XC trail riders who demand exceptional performance from their gear.
The Cold Cold World Chernobyl is a fully customizable, lightweight pack that doesn’t sacrifice durability.
The F-Stop Tilopa BC is a serious bag for serious photogs, and the functionality, comfort, and weatherproofing of the Tilopa BC make it an outstanding option for both photography and backcountry needs. BLISTER photographer Ryan Heffernan reports.
The Arva Rescuer 27 is a comfortable, well-organized, rescue-oriented pack designed for quick access to avy gear. The only downside? Access might be a little too quick….
The Osprey Kode 30 is one of the most comfortable, versatile, and organized backcountry ski backpacks on the market. Robin Abeles argues that, with a few tweaks, it could be perfect.
The Osprey Kode 30 pack has a ton of great features. Even bettter? When skiing, the Kode 30 feels small, simple, and barely there.
Airbag packs are a phenomenal piece of backcountry safety gear, but the problem’s always been their substantial weight and price tag. BCA’s Float 18 Airbag, however, reduces both. If you like to play beyond the ropes, you should certainly take a look.