Reviews by Topic

Our analysis shows how reviewers feel about different topics. Please note these are not full reviews.

Comfort

Atlas Packs Athlete

(1/2)

Important: Choose the Adventure or Athlete hip belt – otherwise you will have literally no padding on your hips. I don’t recommend using the bag without a hipbelt either. The Adventure belt is more comfortable as it provides two layers of foam padding and a wider webbing and buckle – it’s also bigger and bulkier.

Positive
25 days ago

Black Diamond JetForce UL 26 Avalanche Airbag Pack

(1/1)

Now, many might suggest that this deployment system is passe, a dead end in avy air bag evolution. Given the five to ten year operational life of an airbag pack and wide adoption of the twin cartridge system, I doubt that will be a problem. I bought this for the Home Crag and road tripping, not for air travel: for the latter, I will likely rent an airbag from a reliable outfitter. Again, that's my bias

Neutral
Quasinordo
2 years ago

Hiking

Atlas Packs Athlete

(1/1)

I also purchased a Capture Clip from Peak Designs which allows you to fix the camera to the shoulder strap in place while hiking – a great addition to this pack.

Positive
25 days ago

Compartment

Carry-on

Black Diamond JetForce UL 26 Avalanche Airbag Pack

(1/1)

Traveling with the bag was doable, but not a joy. I packed the bag in my carry-on (in the hopes of talking to a TSA agent at security in case of issues, rather than having it simply confiscated out of a checked bag) and got through security each time hassle-free. Although Black Diamond claims that the canisters are acceptable to fly with (they’re the same design as the canisters which power the life vests under plane seats), reading the fine print on airline websites muddies the waters. I’m guessing you could get one onto a plane on some days, but it would take either a bit of luck or a good deal of experience sweet talking TSA agents

Negative
25 days ago

Size

Black Diamond JetForce UL 26 Avalanche Airbag Pack

(1/1)

Advantage: JetForce Pro 25 Avalanche Airbag PackConclusion Despite similar names and designs, these two packs have substantially different components. If you want to get something that lets you go as light as possible and gets you a reusable airbag at a lower price, the JetForce Tour has what you need. However, if you’ve already made peace with spending four figures on an airbag pack, the extra features offered by the JetForce Pro easily justify the increased cost and weight. Overall, we think it’s the better choice for anyone who wants a more convenient design and doesn’t mind carrying around a few extra ounces on their back

Positive
25 days ago

Strap

Black Diamond JetForce UL 26 Avalanche Airbag Pack

(1/1)

– The waist strap is small and doesn’t help much with carrying (to be fair, you’re not going to be fitting huge loads in the pack anyway, given the capacity). The waist buckle is frankly tiny, and a bit hard to take on and off with gloves on.

Negative
25 days ago