Gear Institute Expert Test Menu

Avalanche Airbags

Snowpulse Lite 35

82

2013

Snowpulse Lite 35

The Snowpulse Lite 35 offered the best trauma protection of any pack, and was the lightest pack we tested, though it was also the most expensive and the pack itself lags its competitors a bit in quality.

BCA Float 32

90

2013

BCA Float 32

Overall, we believe the BCA Float is the best avy pack on the market for Winter ‘12/'13. It has the essential features of the best packs, with a very simple-to-refill canister recharge system.

Wary AviPack 33L

86

2013

Wary AviPack 33L

The engineering of the Wary 33’s airbag system is best in of this year’s airbags.  It’s simple, solid, dependable, and abuse-ready. The backpack itself is a fully-featured, well-organized all-day ski touring pack with a bomber construction.

Mammut Light R.A.S. 30

84

2013

Mammut Light R.A.S. 30

As the second-lightest and most stripped-down avy pack in our test, the Mammut Light R.A.S. 30 is good option for those seeking to save every ounce they can. In order to save weight, Mammut skimps on a few features many backcountry users might appreciate.