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  • The result of a multi-year collaboration between Black Diamond and Pieps, JetForce technology offers the first avalanche airbag system to use jet-fan inflation
  • Inflatable airbag can help keep you at or near the surface of the snow during an avalanche
  • JetForce's repackable airbag and fully rechargeable battery system let you practice deploying the airbag as often as you like; simply recharge the battery when it gets low
  • Unlike avalanche airbag packs with compressed air, Halo 28 can be carried onto an airplane ready for use
  • The Halo features a dedicated avalanche tools pocket, HiLo helmet holder and single ice-axe attachment for securing your gear
  • reACTIV suspension with SwingArm shoulder straps and zippered back-panel access
  • Tuckaway diagonal ski carry allows airbag to deploy while skis are attached
  • Hipbelt stash pocket and internal accessory pockets

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Best Use Backcountry Skiing, Snowboarding
Frame Type Internal Frame
Gear Capacity (L)
Gear Capacity (cu. in.)
7 lbs. 8 oz.
7 lbs. 4 oz.
Weight - Metric
Fits Torso
18.5 - 21.5
16 - 19
Fits Waist/Hips
28 - 45
26 - 40
Material(s) Nylon
Pack Access Top / Panel
Number of Exterior Pockets 1 + main compartment
Avalanche Airbag Yes
Dimensions 22 x 11 x 4 inches
Gender Unisex
Rated 5 out of 5 by from you can fly with this bag i have flown by commercial airline 3times with this easy to use bag. I found it very reliable and had lots of room for my second pair of goggles, extra jacket, lunch and probe and shovel. Very easy to follow the directions and test the avalanche pack. then easily repack and understand how it works. would definitely recommend to someone cat or heli-skiing.
Date published: 2015-04-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent concept needs a few more features. I am a professional Ski Patroller and an avid mountain snowmobiler, after much contemplation and research I chose this pack. Overall I love the pack. It is a great concept! I try to avoid avalanche terrain in general. I find the multiple deployment concept very appealing for the potential misfire of snagging the handle on a tree limb.. or that awesome friend that just can't resist. I like the ability to travel without refilling canisters. This pack is extremely comfortable to wear all day. Some problems I have found: I don't think it would be too much to ask for a hydration bladder system on the panel. Some sled heads have expressed the desire to move the trigger to the other shoulder... I like it where it is but the ability to customize would be nice. I really wish this pack had a couple small pockets really accessible for a cell phone or Spot transmitter. I have snagged the cover to the airbag on a tree limb... I realize this has to be very easy to release for deployment but a more positive closure system would be nice. 28 just doesn't quite seem to be enough space. 30 or 32 would be nice. I'm extremely happy with the quality and purchase.. but as always how can we make this better? Perhaps build a snowmobile specific model. (there is a huge market for this) whether you like us or not. I can appreciate the technology and research put into this product.. but for the purpose. Wouldn't a smart marketing idea be to make them more affordable so that saving lives is really the goal? spread the cost on the rest of the product line.
Date published: 2015-12-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent product, could use some improvement Excellent pack, Fits a lot of gear in the avy pocket. wish list for next version: microfibre goggle pocket instead of nylon. adjustable loops on side to hold poles on downhill. snowboard holder. repacking after inflation is nice and easy. Covering flap does occasionally pop open, but no big deal. comfortable on the back on the downhill.
Date published: 2016-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Halo 28 Jet Force Glad I waited a few years on an airbag. . The Halo 28 is perfect for day tripping for tracks. It holds your safety equipment and anything else in the rear entry storage. There is more storage in this space than at first glance. The dedicated avalanche tool pocket still had room for my water bottle and more if you really need to cary more. Hardly notice the weight increase over my Avalung. Lots of small features such as a simple harness and well located zippered pockets. I was worried about the pack not having enough room, but that has not been the case, but it takes some better organization than a simple top-loader. You'll figure it out because This pack will be my go to pack in the Chugach. The material is high quality and recent use thinks it will be plenty durable for many seasons. Unlike other past packs, you will want to be careful loading it in and out of cars to minimize jarring the power systems unnecessarily. Treat it much like a parachuter would his pack when not in use. The only negative to this size is the inability to carry your helmet in the pack. This is new for me, but the outside flap to hold the helmet with work on days I need it. The pack is not boxy and skis well once snug for a descent. The "eACTIV suspension with SwingArm™ shoulder straps " make the pack ride calmer, if that is the right word, than any pack I've had. The harness system is simple to use after some practice. I have yet to carry skis on the pack, but it looks simple enough.
Date published: 2015-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most excellent sir! I just received my pack and I my first impression is great! The pack is loaded with a lot of nice features and you really feel the quality in every little part of it. The pack is according to specs and the inflation and stowing is a piece of cake.
Date published: 2014-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing day or freeride pack! The airbag system works great and fast. It is easy to stow away and reuse again. The pockets are big and easily accessible. The one disadvantage is the weight, little heavy for longer ski tours. Otherwise the perfect pack, especially if you need to travel by plane! Made my trip to Japan hassle free.
Date published: 2015-02-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Does Not Like to Be Overpacked At All The capacity on this pack is really limited. Which BD tells you; so OK. I had my Halo 28 out for a trial tour last weekend and I jammed my usual kit into it ... thermos of tea, 2nd liter of water (1st L hanging off the waist belt), puffy pants, spare gloves, a lunch, as well as probe and shovel. It was stuffed to the gills, including a fair amount of "overpack" in the probe and shovel compartment ... to the point where i had to wrestle the zipper closed. Halfway out on the tour (of course), the flap on the float compartment that is secured by little plastic clips started to pop open. i stopped repeatedly to re-fasten the clips, to no avail. The overpacking resulted in the clips releasing as soon as i tried to pick the pack up. I returned to the trailhead with the offending flap hanging open. So i make my peace with having to go out with a really limited kit when i ski with this pack. On the positive side, i like the float system - except for the flap fastening components - a lot. Due to its limited capacity, i think that this pack is really better suited for heli, cat or inbounds adventure skiing (like Silverton Mountain CO) than for a full day out in the back country.
Date published: 2015-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my best gear purchases in years. I bought the Jetforce 28 in Dec 2015. I have taken it ski touring in British Columbia and overseas. It was so awesome to glide through security and customs w/o any concern from airport staff because I was boarding with an Avy pack. I have met travelers who had their gear delayed or held up because of cannister issues. The quality and attention to detail are evident the first time you open up the Jetforce. I love the way it rides centred and high on my back when I am skiing pow down through the trees. It never feels sloppy. The zipper does come open sometimes, but that is an indication to me that I have over stuffed ( carrying gear I don't need ) it again. The 28 has plenty of room for day trips. The air balloon is easy to repack ( simple clear instructions) and knowing that it has multiple charges is comforting. For safety reasons, I like that it is easy to turn it off before getting on the lift and back on when getting out of the gondola at the top of the volcano. The battery light indicator on the handle and the sound it makes when it is charging up is very cool! One of my best gear purchases in years. Thank you, Black Diamond
Date published: 2016-12-20
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Hi REI, I'm a female skier. My weight is 140 pounds and I'm 5.6 inches tall. Would I buy a LG/Medium or buy a SM/Med pack? The Halo 28 Jet Force is the one I'm interested.

Asked by: Emily
Based on the information provided, the S/M is likely the best fit. The torso range is 16-19 inches. Here is a link for how to measure your torso:
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-06
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