Here’s the bottom line: avalanche airbags save lives. They reduce the depth of burial (or help avoid burial altogether), thus decreasing evacuation time. They also protect the head, neck and back from trauma. The new Float 18 pack is lightweight at just 6.5 pounds—ideal for touring—yet has enough volume (18 liters) to carry first-aid gear, skins, food, layering and water. It also features an internal shovel/probe pocket and a diagonal ski carry system.