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Saga 40 JetForce Avalanche Airbag Pack

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The ideal avalanche airbag for ski patrollers, snow professionals and hut-to-hut trips, the Saga is our large-capacity 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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The ideal avalanche airbag for ski patrollers, snow professionals and hut-to-hut trips, the Saga is our large-capacity 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


Whether working in avalanche terrain or covering miles a backcountry hut tour, the Black Diamond Saga 40 JetForce Pack is designed to accommodate big loads while providing 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 Saga accommodates features both ski and snowboard carrying systems, and a dedicated avy tools pocket, ice tool PickPockets™ and a HiLo helmet holder secure your additional gear. Now with updated firmware, the Saga covers all of your needs for big trips in the mountains.

  • 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 ice-tool PickPockets™
  • Tuck-away diagonal ski carry allows airbag to deploy while skis are attached
  • HiLo helmet holder, hipbelt stash pocket and zippered top accessory pocket

Tech Specs

Volume :  
[S/M] 38 L (2,320 cu in)
[M/L] 40 L (2,440 cu in)
Average Stock Weight :  
[S/M] 3.4 kg (7 lb 8 oz)
[M/L] 3.5 kg (7 lb 11 oz)
Materials :   840d Ballistic Nylon, 210d Ripstop Nylon, 315d Cordura®


A. Automatic system self-diagnostic electronics perform “good-to-go” system check on every start up: LED lighting in the handle indicates system status
B. JetForce can redeploy multiple times on a single charge, costing nothing – in time or money – to practice as long as needed. Whether deployed for practice, in a false alarm, or during a slide, it is easy to re-arm the system for up to four deployments on a single charge.
C. Cordura airbag made from puncture-resistant automotive material is easy to repack for practice and multiple deployments
D. The 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

  • Backcountry Magazine Gear Guide Select 2018
Saga 40 JetForce Avalanche Airbag Pack is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 30.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best pack ever! I bought this pack for patrolling and back country excursions. Lightweight, able to use for several deployments without recharging. Great space and pockets.
Date published: 2019-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Plenty of room in a slim profile. I stalled on buying this bag for a long time. I was mostly concerned with the real feasibility of using it as an overnight bag, and its fully loaded weight. Every review and video I came across seemed to focus entirly on the airbag method and deployment, not on the actual functionality of the bag. I hope this helps! SIZE: I was able to fit all needed overnight gear INSIDE the bag (see photos.. sleeping Bag, repairkit, first aid kit, snowsafty, snowstudy, food, clothes, skins, water sleeping pad, cooking equipment snacks..ect ) with the exception of some awkard tentpoles. There was room for some smaller items if needed, and I still had room to pack skins in for descents. WEIGHT: Though the pack is kinda heavy to start the carry system is impressive and the weight was not felt on a 10 mile Montana style tour with a lot of ups and down, crawling over logs, bridges ect. FUNCTIONALITY: The pack has everything that most good bags come with these days, back acess(huge bonus) hip pocket for quick acess to inclinometer, sugary treats, ect., swing arms for balance, large goggle/snowstudy top pocket, ice axe compatibility, helmet mount that connects to bottem to allowing for snow safty access quickly. The list goes on. Overall I am pleased with this bag. It IS large enough to be used on multiday trips and small enough to be used on day tours.
Date published: 2019-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best In Industry This is the backpack. Extremely well thought out pack features with the industry standard in airbag design. The charging of the batteries is easy and packing/repacking is quick. Really durable zippers and I also love the hidden pockets all over the pack like the hip belt pockets. Avy tools pocket holds even the biggest Black Diamond shovel (evac 9) and has extremely easy access. I have used this on hut trips, ski competitions, day to day backcountry tours etc. If you are on the fence with size, get the Saga 40. Amazing product.
Date published: 2018-09-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great bag and even better customer support BD-USA. The battery needs some care, keep it charge as it is a litium one. Besides that a very well made pack. The best in this category.
Date published: 2018-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from comfortable and functional pack Used it only a couple of times and found it quite comfortable for its weight.
Date published: 2018-04-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I'm just not sure! As the title says...I'm just not sure. I bought the S/M, I'm 5'7", 185lb and the fit is great. I bought it from REI and got sent the M/L by mistake which I tried but it felt like it was moving around too much so thankfully REI swapped it out for the S/M no questions asked. I moved to this bag from an older Snowpulse Guide 30 as I wanted a bigger pack for hut trips and I liked the idea of the fan system. Why am I not sure? For a day tour in the main compartment I carry a down layer, water bottle, Minimal food, skins, Ski crampons and there is not a lot of room left over. Not sure how I would fit gear in it to be honest for an overnighter and furthermore, there are minimal points on the outside to attach anything too. That being said the goggle pocket is a good size for extra gear. The other negative is the weight. At this point I'm leaning towards moving back to a removable cartridge system that I can move between packs for day tours or hut trips.
Date published: 2018-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The airbag pack to have! I've skied with the 40L avalung pack for years. This is a wise upgrade. slightly smaller feeling than my other 40L, but still works well. Love the way the openings for pack access work. Especially the back access panel, which lets me lay the pack down in a way to keep the back dry, and being able to access anywhere inside. (More or less) Same weight (again more or less) as a 40ish L cylinder air bag pack. Except this one has many charges. So if you start a hut trip, accidentally blow the charge, you still have many more! Plus no problem flying. No need to find a charging spot, saving time and money. I have found only one time the indicator lights showed me an error. The way I reset it was to open the battery pocket. Pull the battery out. Loosen two screws to disconnect the battery. Then put back together. All works perfectly!
Date published: 2018-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great bag that isn't too heavy! I got this bag this winter. I really like the shape of it and it fits all my necessary tools for guiding. Im still waiting for the technology to get to a point where the packs get smaller but until then...this is my choice!
Date published: 2018-02-02
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