Safety is something you should never skimp on, but lugging around a colossal airbag pack can get old in the backcountry. When you're working for your turns, every ounce begins to make a difference. The Float 17 Speed is BCA's lightest Float pack and features a compact, low-profile design with a lighter cylinder. The Float 2.0 system is 30 percent smaller and 15 percent lighter--plus, the engine fits in the airbag compartment, so you can utilize every last inch of space in the main pocket.
Seventeen liters might sound a bit small to tote around all your backcountry essentials, but the minimalist design is perfect for quick day missions and backside laps. BCA's signature diagonal ski carry makes it easy to slip your skis into your pack for a quick bootpack, and the shoulder straps are compatible with BC Link radios and hydration systems on both sides. As the name might suggest, less weight leads to speedier ascents. That means more time for actual skiing, which is really what you're out there to do, right?
This airbag system is NOT a guarantee that you will survive an avalanche; get educated, get the right tools, travel with partners, and be smart out there.