Black Diamond Saga 40 JetForce Bag
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Black Diamond Saga 40 JetForce Bag

Black Diamond Saga 40 JetForce Bag is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 5.
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Product Description Item No.   10258951

FEATURES of the Black Diamond Saga 40 JetForce Bag

  • Reactive suspension with SwingArm shoulder straps and zippered backpanel access
  • JetForce Technology airbag system built-in, rechargeable, travel-friendly and extremely durable
  • Dedicated avy-tools pocket and ice tool Pick Pockets
  • Tuck-away diagonal ski carry and vertical snowboard carry allow airbag to deploy while skis are attached
  • Hilo helmet holder, hipbelt stash pocket and zippered top accessory pocket

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Fabric Details: 840 D Ballistic Nylon
Pack Capacity (Medium / Large): 40 Liters / 2440 Cubic inches
Pack Capacity (Small / Medium): 38 Liter / 2320 Cubic inches
Pack Fabric: Nylon
Weight: 121 oz
Weight (Medium / Large): 121 oz
Weight (Small / Medium): 121 oz
Gender: Mens, Unisex
Features: Hip Belt, Ice Axe / Trekking Pole Loops, Organizer Panel, Sternum Strap
Best Use: Backpacking, Mountaineering and Alpine, Skiing, Camping
Frame Type: Frameless
Pack Access: Top
Pack Capacity: 40 Liters / 2441 Cubic inches
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extremely well engineered bag - worth every penny I bought this backpack at the start of the season, and have been extremely happy with the pack. The battery powered airbag works extremely well and the multiple deployment system is very reassuring. The bag is advertised as 40 litres, the usable space (deducting space the airbag takes up) is around 30, but is still enough for a multi-day trip if you pack light. All the pockets are extremely well designed, particularly the avalanche gear front pocket and hip pocket. The only negative I have found so far is that the ski straps for when hiking do not feel secure - this led to some worrying moments when boot packing to the summit of steep mountains!
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The right choice! I have used this on several tours and I am happy with it in every respect. As mentioned in several reviews, it is heavier than a similar pack without airbag, but that is to be expected. And you should get the 40 liter pack if you normally use a 30ish liter pack without airbag. The fan/battery/airbag combination does use a fair bit of space. For guiding and work missions, this is the pack. If you are just using the pack for day tours and are not guiding, then the Halo 28 might be just fine. I appreciate all of the features like the helmet holder and ski carrier. The pack has been very well thought out.
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Expensive - but worth it if ever needed If you are recreating in avalanche territory - you should have an airbag. This bag is far superior to the compressed air airbags that you can practice with it and recharge at home as opposed to needing to get a bottle refilled. The airbag and air pump do take up a significant amount of space. There is not a significant weight difference between the larger and smaller bags so I opted for the larger bag even though I may not need all the space on a day trip.
Date published: 2015-12-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Unable to access tools easily with helmet carry Good BD build and all that goes along with that. I love the SwingArm suspension. Definitely heavier than I would have thought in comparison to other packs (others pointed this out, but was still surprised). Given all of the above, I'd say it's a 4 star pack. However, the below bump it down. - You cannot access the tool pocket without greatly loosening or removing the helmet carry. On the way up, I often want to do a quick dig, and it's an annoyance to have to deal with the helmet carry. I know the same could be said for other packs when skis are attached, but when skinning up I would like fast access to my tools. - I wish the battery pack was more flat / easier to pack stuff around. It's an 8 cell battery that is a 2x4 configuration, so it's pretty thick. Perhaps making it a 1x8 would weaken it, cause it to drain faster, etc, but I think it would be less annoying than having this massive battery sticking out into your packing space right in the middle of the pack. - This one is preference, rather than complaint, but I'd rather have the entire front fold open (like the BCA Float) than have top and back access. The top is a pain with how deep the Saga is. The storage of the airbag material itself bulges out significantly into the pack, making it difficult to see what's in side; you need to rustle around to find your stuff. The back access is okay, but that's also the heaviest part of the pack, so you need to pull up on the pack a bit to increase the volume for packing, or to find your stuff.
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Top-line Avy Safety Pack: Comfortable + Functional Just returned from a week in the Columbia Range of BC. Avalanche danger was high much of the time, which had us being very conservative, yet still seeking fresh, interesting lines. Starting each morning with the JetForce self test and hearing it's powerful fan fire up for a second gave me a warm-fuzzy that I had the best safety technology strapped to my back. It takes some time to get used to packing this, since the airbag does take up a lot of room, but I eventually had it figured out so I could get all the full-day tour gear/food/water comfortably into the pack. Of our group of 14 experienced backcountry skiers, all but one had an avalanche airbag system. Seven of us had Black Diamond's JetForce system. No joke, the other compressed-air users were envious of the battery powered system. I asked around before buying a battery powered pack in case the compressed air was the way to go. Most travelers and hut-trip skiers agreed: the battery is the way to go. You can fire the bag several times on a long trip and still have enough battery to keep skiing... not so with compressed air ("one and done"). Our hut had electricity, so if a battery got low, you could recharge, though none of us needed to. Even in 15-25F temps, my battery maintained its charge the entire week. Other feedback: + It's a good piece of mind to know you can activate your airbag at anytime- no penalties! If deployment wasn't necessary, repack the bag and ski on. With compressed air, you get your one shot, then it's time to go back to the cabin/home. +/- The bag has enough storage for a very long day of touring. If you are doing anything overnight, you'd be hard pressed to get a sleeping bag and/or a tent in there along with basic provisions... and there is little to no space on the outside to strap on gear without getting in the way of the airbag. - The crotch strap is kinda a pain when you are taking your pack on/off after each run. I recommend using a small carabiner to clip it on/off your waste belt- it worked well for us and serves as a good reminder if you forget to clip it back in. + The pack was comfortable and well balanced, even when it was weighed down with the batteries, water, avy gear, food, extra clothes, and misc equipment. It was never a distraction or hinderance when climbing up or skiing aggressive lines. I thought that was surprising given its large/full size. +/- When full, the side flap that holds the airbag did pop open several times. It wasn't a big problem and was fixed my adjusting the distribution of the gear stored inside the pack. I was able to get my Evac7, BD snow saw and avy probe to fit snuggly into the front flap and it never opened up on it's own.
Date published: 2017-03-22
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