Black Diamond Saga 40 Jetforce Airbag
This travel-friendly Black Diamond Saga 40 Jetforce Airbag is extremely durable and features battery-powered jet-fan inflation technology as well as reACTIV suspension with SwingArm™ shoulder straps for extra comfort. Multiple deployments off a single charge means the user can have as many practice runs with the airbag as they would like.
The pack has a large volume of storage space (up to 40 Litres) in the main compartment with plenty of space for your accessories and supplies along with a dedicated section for avy tools. The size of the pack makes it a great choice backcountry professionals, like ski guides, patrollers, and avalanche technicians.
What You Get :
Avalanche Bag Saga 40
Integrated Airbag System with Jetforce Technology
Ideal For :
This is the largest pack from Black Diamond's Jetforce range, the Saga 40 combines state of the art Jetforce Technology with a huge 40 litre packing volume and hardwearing materials to produce a durable and practical bag ideal for snow professionals, ski patrollers and hut-to-hut trips.
The Black Diamond Saga 40 Jetforce Airbag is the larger of the airbags, and has plenty of space to carry your avalanche safety essentials. A great choice for a robust and effective shovel is the Ortovox Kodiak Shovel along side the robust and quick releasing Pieps Probe Carbon Tour 220.
Activation of Airbag :
When wearing your Black Diamond Saga 40 Jetforce Airbag make sure all straps are securely fastened and the system is successfully armed; showing a pulsing green LED. The airbag can now be deployed.
Backpack inside (interior) :
A dedicated avy tools pocket with enough space for longer 3 metre probes
The Black Diamond Saga 40 Jetforce airbag has up to 40 Litres of packable space for anything you might need.
Top loading makes filling the bag easy and the zippered back panel makes finding your things easier.
The Airbag is packed around the centre, giving the user equal weight distribution.
Backpack outside (exterior) :
Tuck-Away Diagonal Ski Carry (Airbag can be inflated even if skis are still attached to the bag)
Hilo Helmet Holder
Ice tool PickPockets™
Waist stash, side pocket and zippered top pocket
The Fit :
ReACTIV Support System
SwingArm Shoulder Supports
Back System is Thermoformed with zipper
840d Ballistic Nylon
210d Ripstop Nylon
Size Guide :
To effectively measure your back size you will need to get someone to measure from your lower back to below the neck where the spine has a lump; which can often be seen or felt. Use the size guide image on the product to calculate your size
[S/M] 38 L (2,320 cu in)
[M/L] 40 L (2,440 cu in)
A revolution in airbag technology, JetForce provides an added margin of safety to your avalanche tool kit.
The Jet Force is the first in Avalanche Safety technology to use jet-fan inflation. This is a breakthrough system that draws air from the unlimited source of the atmosphere.
The Jetforce avalanche airbag system is dramatically improved for ease of use and performance over traditional compressed gas cylinder systems.
Battery-Powered jet-fan inflates the Airbag in 3.5 seconds, and then the 200L Airbag automatically deflates after 3 minutes to create a air pocket to aid in extraction.
JetForce’s repackable airbag and fully rechargeable electronics system provide zero-cost user practice and travel-friendly performance.
The jet force is built into the backpack and is not interchangeable like the ABS System
The Advantages Of The Jetforce :
Easy air travel, little to no restrictions on the batteries as they’re no different than laptop batteries.
As many practice deployments as you desire, rechargeable battery good for 1 to 6 full inflations depending on temperature and age.
No hassle with canisters.
Slightly lighter in weight than compressed gas offerings.
Automatic deflation cycle can possibly create airspace around head in the event of burial.
Specific to Black Diamond & Pieps design, airbag stuff-stows loosely after use, pack it in minutes with no folding needed.
Fan is set to cycle on periodically during 3 minute inflation period per CE standards, this can overcome up to 7 inch tear in the fabric.
Airbag Filling Time
Fan timing is controlled by the electronics, here is how it cycles:
Black Diamond Saga 40 Jetforce Airbag Features
JET-FAN: Battery-Powered jet-fan that inflates in 3.5 Seconds, Followed by tear recovery bursts
Larger Airbag : 200L airbag constructed with high-tenacity, puncture resistant automotive airbag material
Multiple Deployments : Travel-friendly, compact lithium-ion battery supports 4+ deployments per charge.
Deflation : 200L Airbag automatically deflates after 3 minutes to create a air pocket and aid in extraction.
Auto Self-Diagnosis : LED lights indicate system status. Pieps electronics perform (good-to-go) system check on every start up.
Practise : Airbag is easy to repack for multiple deployments or practice
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
S/M 38L - M/L 40L
Gear Capacity (cu. in.)
S/M 2,320 cu in - M/L 2,440 cu in
S/M 3.4 kg (7 lb 9 oz) - M/L 3.5 kg (7 lb 11 oz)
Fits Waist/Hips (inches)
S/M 26-40 - M/L 28-45
Fits Torso (inches)
S/M: 16 - 19 M/L: 18.5 - 21.5
840d Ballistic Nylon, 210d Ripstop Nylon, 315d Cordura®
Top / Panel
Number of Exterior Pockets
2 + Main compartment
22 x 11 x 4 inches
How fast does the bag inflate?
3.5 seconds for initial fill, which is as fast (or faster) than any cylinder system.
Where does the air pull from?
There are three locations that allow air to enter the fan.
Having three intake locations allows the system to get ample amounts of air despite any impediments like snow, clothing, or equipment.
Will the airbag be able to deploy from within the snow?
Through our experience with the AvaLung, we have done years of research to prove that the snow pack maintains large amounts of available air. We have designed the system to pull air from many locations around the pack, thereby reducing the concern that any one of these spaces could be fully blocked. Also, the fan runs about 3 times longer than needed to actually fill the bag, thereby allowing for the reduced efficiency when fully buried.
How fast is the fan?
What type of battery is used? And is there a temperature effect on the battery?
The JetForce battery is similar to the battery found in most laptop computers: a Lithium Ion. Our battery differs in one key aspect: it was engineered specifically to operate at very cold temperatures (-30C). The battery is sized to operate once at very cold temperatures even at the low end of charge levels.
How long does it take to charge the battery?
A fully depleted battery will need 8 hours for a full charge. As with all Lithium batteries, for the best battery life expectancy, we recommend the battery is maintained closer to full charge.
Is the Airbag mechanism interchangeable between Backpacks ?
The jet force is built into the backpack and is not interchangeable like the ABS system.
How long does a battery charge last?
A fully charged battery can last up to six weeks depending on use.
Can the system be turned off during deployment?
Yes, but only by intentionally pressing the power switch for 4 secs and only after the mandatory initial inflation phase.
Why does the JetForce system turn on and off during deployment?
The system cycles through multiple phases throughout deployment. Each phase is specifically tuned to optimize safety and battery life.
0-9 secs: Mandatory Fill During the first 3.5 seconds, the airbag fills 100%. For the next 5.5 seconds, the system continues to run at full speed for safety redundancy.
10-60 secs: Active Slide Performance The system pulses between full speed and 50% speed. Since this is the most likely time to be carried by the avalanche, it is most critical to maintain full volume and recover from any possible tears.
61-180 secs: Volume Maintenance The system has 20s stand-by intervals between 3s full speed refilling pulses. The goal is to maintain the volume to aide in visibility and meet CE timing requirements.
181 sec: Active Deflation After 3 total minutes, the bag will automatically deflate. If partially or completely buried, this has the potential to create a large volume of air for breathing and/or extraction. If unburied, this simply helps repack the airbag quicker.
All existing airbags only work well in ONE scenario- if you are actively churned by an avalanche. We wanted to create something that offered the potential for increased safety if the slide came down from above or if the victim got caught in a terrain trap. By deflating the airbag, JetForce has the potential to create a large air pocket in a complete burial scenario.
By waiting until 3 minutes before deflation it allows the practicing user an opportunity to shut the system off before deflation in order to maintain battery life. In the event of a full burial, the time allows for the snow to set-up firmly before creating a pocket.
Why are you using a larger airbag?
What effect does this system have on beacons?
There is a very minimal amount of interference with beacons, but only when the fan is actually running and only within very short range.
What about airline travel?
Our lithium Ion battery is very similar to those used in most laptop computers and therefore follows the same general airline regulations. [Our experience has shown that the pack can be either checked or carried-on, but any extra batteries MUST be carried on.]
Why didn’t you incorporate the AvaLung?
While we still feel that the AvaLung is a great technology and could certainly aide airbag users, we were more concerned that having two devices on the pack’s shoulder straps would only confuse an unpracticed user. If someone wants to have both, we already offer the AvaLung II sling, which can be used with any backpack. Also, the automatic deflation has the potential to create the same amount of breathable air as the AvaLung.
What’s the status with field testing?
We have been testing this system for the last 3 years (lab & field testing). Like all BD/Pieps product, before anything is made available to the public it will have undergone rigorous testing in the lab, then in the field with in-house users, and then is released to out-of-house professionals and athletes for more field use. Intensive out-of-house field testing phase will start in earnest this winter.