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The avalanche airbag for day-long tours, featuring backpanel access, a dedicated avy-tools pocket and our JetForce Technology. A revolution in airbag technology, JetForce provides an added margin of safety to your avalanche tool kit, now with updated firmware. READ MORE
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The avalanche airbag for day-long tours, featuring backpanel access, a dedicated avy-tools pocket and our JetForce Technology. A revolution in airbag technology, JetForce provides an added margin of safety to your avalanche tool kit, now with updated firmware. Learn More


From one-lap dawn patrols to all-day tours and couloir missions, the Black Diamond Halo 28 JetForce Pack is built to store your essential gear for day-long outings and provides a truly innovative addition to your avalanche tool kit. JetForce Technology, the result of a multi-year collaboration between Black Diamond and PIEPS, is the first avalanche airbag system to use jet-fan inflation. JetForce’s repackable airbag and fully rechargeable electronics system provide zero-cost user practice and travel-friendly performance. The Halo also features a dedicated avy tools pocket, HiLo helmet holder and single ice-axe attachment for securing your gear. Now with updated firmware, the Halo covers all of your needs for day trips and big lines.

  • JetForce Technology airbag system built-in; rechargeable, travel-friendly and extremely durable
  • reACTIV suspension with SwingArm™ shoulder straps and zippered backpanel access
  • Dedicated avy-tools pocket and single ice-axe attachment
  • Tuck-away diagonal ski carry allows airbag to deploy while skis are attached
  • HiLo helmet holder, hipbelt stash pocket and internal accessory pockets

Tech Specs

Volume :  
[S/M] 26 L (1,590 cu in)
[M/L] 28 L (1,700 cu in)
Average Stock Weight :  
[S/M] 3.3 kg (7 lb 4 oz)
[M/L] 3.4 kg (7 lb 8 oz)
Materials :   840d Ballistic Nylon, 210d Ripstop Nylon, 315d Cordura®


A. PIEPS automatic self diagnosis performs full system check on every startup
B. Travel-friendly, fully rechargeable lithium-ion battery support 4+ deployments per charge
C. Cordura airbag made from puncture-resistant automotive material is easy to repack for practice and multiple deployments
D. Jet fan inflates 200 L airbag in 4 seconds, and automatically deflates after 3 minutes to create a potential air pocket



  • National Geographic - 2014 Gear of the Year

  • Backpacker Magazine - 2014 Editors' Choice

  • - 2014 Top Gear Pick

  • Forbes Magazine - 2015 "Top 5" Gear for Winter
Halo 28 JetForce Avalanche Airbag Pack is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 14.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the thing to bring... I am a professional mountain guide IFMGA and use the Jetforce Halo 28 for all my snow activities such as skitouring, free riding and heli skiing. Sizewise I can fit all the gear I need bring (rope, safety kit, ice axe, skins, first aid kit, satellite phone and more). It is very comfortable to carry and to easy to activate. The LED lamps show exactly the current state of the charge. With the round shaped handle it seems to be less likely to have an unexpected triggering. Since the pack is rechargeable I can use it also for my clients to practice the triggering. I have been traveling with the JetForce as hand luggage several times on airplanes and never had any problems. Sure the BD JetForce AAP is way ahead of any cartridge systems. Happy to use in the future...
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Right choice! This is actually my first airbag, and I'm truly satisfied. Have heard that the zipper does not work when there is a pressure on the left side, so tested it my way; laid on the firm snow on my left side so the airbag pocket is tightly pressed on the ground by my body wight (you may assume that in the avalanche mass the prosure may be stronger, but my point is that if I'm not late to trigger the airbag then the maximum pressure should be my bodyweight on the snow) and the airbag opened with no problem and delay. The only cons are that the space in the bag seems less than 28l, and if 3.5kg is still a bit heavy, that could be modified and lightened, but overall I am happy with Halo 28 and recommend you to get it!
Date published: 2017-04-21
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 3 out of 5 by from Nice pack but not designed for snowboarders I bought the Halo 28 for riding in Niseko, Japan this January and February. I selected the slightly larger pack as it would be better as a daypack for backcountry. I was setting it up for a trip up Mount Yotei and found that it is only designed to carry skis! Why would you design a pack for skiers only? I like the Jetforce pack but I now cannot recommend it to any other snowboarders as it is not designed to carry a snowboard, and when spending this money on a piece of equipment it should do everything you need it to. Yes I can probably rig it up to carry a board with my own straps somehow but why was it not designed with this in mind and with only ski-straps included? Maybe the next version should be modified to increase the appeal of this product to more people.
Date published: 2018-01-30
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 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 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 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
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