Backcountry Float Access 30
on 13 November 2011
Designed to aid quicker excavation in an avalanche—the most crucial element to preventing fatalities—the pack's "avalanche airbag" inflates with the tug of a pull-string, keeping its wearer above the snow and protected from icy trauma. For $750, the pack is also equipped with a sophisticated hydration system that uses body warmth to keep up to three liters of water unfrozen in the 150-liter airbag. If you're planning on an intrepid trek way off the grid this winter, best to suit up safely.