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Designed for heli trips, cat skiing and out-the-gate resort skiing, the Pilot 11 is our minimalist backcountry ski pack featuring 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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Designed for heli trips, cat skiing and out-the-gate resort skiing, the Pilot 11 is our minimalist backcountry ski pack featuring 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


Deep days and epic terrain come with their fair share of avalanche hazards, and the Black Diamond Pilot 11 JetForce Pack stores your essential gear and provides a truly innovative addition to your avalanche tool kit. Our go-to minimalist backcountry pack featuring JetForce Technology, the Pilot is ideal for heli laps, cat trips and out-the-gate resort skiing. 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 Pilot also features a dedicated avy tools pocket, tuck-away diagonal ski carry and a HiLo helmet holder. Now with updated firmware, the Pilot has you covered when all you need to carry are the essentials.

  • 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 pocket

Tech Specs

Volume :  
11 L (670 cu in)
Average Stock Weight :  
3.2 kg (7 lb 1 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



  • Utah Innovation - 2014 Award

  • National Geographic - 2014 Gear of the Year

  • Backpacker Magazine - 2014 Editors' Choice

  • - 2014 Top Gear Pick
Pilot 11 JetForce Avalanche Airbag Pack is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So far so good.... Hard to review a product that doesn't come into play until you are in a dire situation such as an avalanche. That said, we do a lot of back country cat skiing in Colorado and are planning a heli ski trip to Canada in March so we were looking for an airbag we could travel with, practice with, and would be very light weight for day trips. These bag was the only one that fit all these criteria. Worth noting the CMH heli ski folks require a bag that is very lightweight and at 7lbs the Pilot 11 fit the bill nicely. Also, when I practiced using the bag it worked exactly as promised. It inflated very quickly, stayed inflated for three minutes, and then deflated in case you are buried and need an air pocket. The repacking is a piece of cake. Plus it is a really big bag (200L I think) which is larger than most other canister-based bags. This is an obvious plus if ever you are caught in an avalanche. Bottom line, I think Jetforce technology represents the next generation of avalanche airbags and is therefore something I would recommend.
Date published: 2015-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid Pack with Game Changing Tech I recently used my Pilot 11 on a two week trip to Japan this winter. First, traveling to Japan with the pack was a bit of a guessing game as to whether they would allow you to check the pack or make you carry it on. It varied from flight to flight, but at least I wasn't stuck wasting precious ski time in Hokkiado looking for a canister or two or worrying about renting one and returning it. Second, riding with the pack was surprisingly carefree. The pack feels heavy when you pick it up, but once you strap it on it disappears pretty quickly. Having multiple deployments and the ability to practice with the pack is invaluable. I was advised that the Deploy 7 fits into the pack and while you can get it to fit... its tight enough that when I tagged a few trees skiing down it blew the zipper open and I almost lost all the contents of the avy pouch. So I'd only recommend using the Deploy 3 with this pack. On the uphill boot packing up alpine terrain was a breeze. The pack rides really well with skis in the diagonal strap and the volume, while def small is just right for sidecountry/BC runs. I wouldnt want to ride around with the 28 if I was just doing side/bc runs off a resort as we were for most our trip. All in all game changing technology in a comfortable and well designed package.
Date published: 2017-02-15
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