Model: Float 42
Versatility “Whether I’m hauling a 35-pound load into a winter basecamp or just out ski-touring for the day, this pack has me covered,” says one tester. It’s hard to find an avy pack spacious enough to swallow safety and overnight gear, but we could confidently stuff 42 liters’ worth of stuff into this pack. “I fit my avy tools, sleeping bag, pad, layers, food, stove, and fuel into the BCA Float 42 and tucked the tent under the compression straps with no problems,” our tester says.
Comfort Wide shoulder straps help distribute winter loads, while the adjustable torso has 3.3 inches of play.
Airbag system The Float 42 uses a compressed air cylinder that you can refill for around $10 at a paintball or SCUBA shop.