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Halo 28 JetForce Avalanche Airbag Pack

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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.


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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

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. 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




  • National Geographic - 2014 Gear of the Year

  • Backpacker Magazine - 2014 Editors' Choice

  • - 2014 Top Gear Pick

  • Forbes Magazine - 2015 "Top 5" Gear for Winter



Live Ski Repeat

Halo 28 JetForce Avalanche Airbag Pack is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 20.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good air bag. The airbag works as you would expect. I was surprised that it did not come with a shovel and probe. I purchased the airbag from black diamond that is for cat skiing which is smaller and wanted a second one but it is no longer available. That product for the same price came with a shovel and probe. This will serve my purpose but I was surprised I also have to get a probe and shovel when the bag is not that much different besides a little storage space compared to the one make for cat skiing etc.
Date published: 2019-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply the best in class! As a ski patroller I use my Saga 40 for work. On my days off I have used the Halo 28 that is lightweight, compact and has tons of space. Thanks!
Date published: 2019-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great day with my JetForce Pack This week, I had a chance to put my new JetForce pack through its paces. What a great experience. I found plenty of room for extra gear, food, and water. I truly love the helmet carrier on the outside. We climbed over 4,000 feet and the pack was very comfortable. What a great addition to my backcountry gear.
Date published: 2019-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good, but needs improvement to be perfect I have used the pack on freeride or daytrip ski tour. When packed with all essentials for glacier skiing (crampons, ski crampons etc) the pack very heavy. This means that the closure flap on the side where the ballon zipper closes keeps on opening. I would recommend the following improvements: 1. Please lower the weight of the battery ( creates more space as well) 2. Improve the closure flap 3. Improve the way ice axes are connected to top of bag That would make the bag perfect, and maybe I can use it then on longer hut to hut tours as well.
Date published: 2019-03-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sport Specific Pack. I really like the pack, however it could loose a few pounds. It would be a great snowmobile pack if there was a pocket and a sleeve for a BCA radio with the extended mic. It would be nice to have more storage available from the outside of the pack, where a friend might be able to access a dry pair of gloves or snacks. The goggle pocket needs to be lined with soft fiber, so your goggles don't get scratched. More snowmobilers and skiers will pony up if these changes are made or a sport specific pack is made.
Date published: 2019-03-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 80% there Great pack. Just need 2 more liters like their previous PIEPS pack. Had to buy a new shovel that would fit in the Avi compartment.
Date published: 2019-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product with a Purpose! I purchased the Halo28 JetForce after much research into the options last fall. Since I am on avalanches regularly the benefit of being able to deploy the bag multiple times is critical to be sure I pull it when I need it and not hesitate. In addition to using this for SAR work I also take it on back country trips, snowmobiling and have one Heli trip to BC using it this year. For mechanical skiing (Heli, SnowCat, snowmobile) the Jet11 is a better size you can't carry much but it is easier to carry and store, but when I am out on a SAR call the 28 is a bit small so it is a nice compromise between the 40 and the 11. I have been on searches with team members using all three sizes and I am happy with the 28, I have to pack light but so far have not had to leave anything behind. In the 3 months I have owned it I have already had it on two avalanches including one where the skier in front of me triggered a slide this month. It provides a greater peace of mind, just don't get too confident with this or any airbag and remember you still have to be alert and ski smart at all times. The Good - Lots of pockets, fits so well do not notice it while skiing, even with over 40 starts and motor tests with each use the battery is still at 4 bars. Carries skies well and I like the helmet straps they work well. Simple to travel with, no problems in airports at all, TSA has not even taken a second look at it. I love the fact that I have zero hesitation to pull the handle - what good is an airbag if you do not deploy it! I have had no issues yet with the bag opening up even though I have used it on many a long day while stuffed - but be sure you have it all tucked back into place before you start. Cons - It weighs a lot, I have been asked several times what I have packed in it when it has been almost empty. Cost, it is not cheap but I am convinced that the electronic airbags are worth the difference in cost. Size, I have found I can carry the basics with the 28 - extra gloves, extra goggles, 1L insulated water, pullover, some food, a small rope, spare batteries, First Aid kit, heat packs, shovel, probe and misc items in the pockets but not much more. It forces you to think about what you really need. Ideally I would like to have an 11 for mechanical skiing and the 40 for searches but that would be above my budget so the 28 is a nice alternative. On avalanche deployments it is hard to hook the essentials to the outside of the 28 pack - things like Ice axes,Crampons, snowshoes, ropes, emergency shelters.... More external straps that do not block the airbag would really help with this. The 40 seems to have better straps for this. I have tried to add some but always worry if they could impact the airbag deploying or will cause the sides to pull open. The zipper to open and close the deployment handle is hard to zip up, when I have gloves on it is very difficult to close it up multiple times a day. This weekend in sub zero temps and extremely high winds I still had to pull my gloves off to get it closed, not good. I think this could be designed better so you could close it with one gloved hand. With all this I would purchase it again, the Halo28 does everything I got it for and gives me more confidence when I'm on a mission. Thanks BD for crating this technology for us!
Date published: 2018-02-27
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
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