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New Black Diamond Jetforce PRO BOOSTERs 2019 / 2020 – 10L / 25L / 35L – new version of the Jetforce system review.

10 grudnia 2018

The new Black Diamond Jetforce PRO 2019/2020 avalanche backpack is a very good step towards a better (lighter) one when it comes to a battery-powered systems.

Black Diamond (and PIEPS) for the next season ( 2019/2020 ) prepared as amended (the lighter of ~ 0.5kg !) Version of Jetforce called Jetforce PRO (in the case of PIEPS Jetforce BT ). The withdrawal of the old models of Black Diamond / PIEPS  –  HERE.

All backpacks I’m referring on the website I bought or borrowed, the text is not sponsored, I can write what I like and no one will punish me ;).

Quick introduction Jetforce how the system works. After firing system must maintain the bag inflated by at least 3 min (Avalanche Airbag standards), therefore every time a speed fall from 50% to 100% to mainait air inside.

Jetforce PRO 2019 / 2020 system works the same as its previous version, here full  (almost 4 minutes) film firing backpack, air pumping, deflation etc

And  Slowmotion if someone likes to watch🙂

 

Deflates after 3 minutes to get  extra space and the recovery of fresh air in case of total burial – As I wrote earlier,  there are no studies that confirm saving anyone (deflation). 

 

 

Small update: „Automatic” deflation can be turned off … by turning off the backpack. The balloon will be inflated longer, but just as in backpacks cylinder , the air will escape.

Deploy after auto-deflate.

 

Let’s move to the new series of Black Diamond avalanche backpacks and PIEPS there will be 3 (three) different systems in avalanche backpacks:

  • Jetforce PRO / Jetforce BT for PIEPS – I write about it here.
  • Alprdie E1 – produced by Alpride – about the Alpride E1 system I wrote HEREand a new backpack  Black Diamond Tour 26L 
  • Alpride 2.0 – produced by Alpride system for 2 gas cylinders, the model is Black Diamond Jetforce UL and is supposed to weight ~ 1991gHere I will focus on the new Black Diamond Jetforce PRO 2019/2020 with BOOSTER s (dopinkami):

All information contained herein may change slightly as a backpack goes on sale.

Backpacks are in S / M and M / L

Reduced weight by ~ 0.5kg less than old Jetforce

Increased (significantly) load of the backpacks.

The system fires up to 4 times on a single charge.

Charging the battery takes about 2-3 hours

The system will last  30 days on standby (probably)

Each booster  has a mount for a helmet.

25L and 35L have a chamber for avalanche gear, ski and ice axe carry

35L has an extra pocket for goggles.

  • 10L (Weight: ~ 2800g)  – Off piste ride – not much space inside
  • 25L (Weight: ~ 2900g)  – booster  –  1 day trips
  • 35L  (Weight: ~ 3000g)  – booster –  1-2-3 and even a 4-days trips (in my opinion the best choice when buying this system).
  • 25L Split (Weight: ~ 3000g)  – same as normal 25L only with the additional option for  Snowboard carry

Suggested retail price ~ $ 1400  (the same price as the first version of Jetforce when entering the market)
Suggested retail price boosters is ~ $ 50 


Comments about which I informed Black Diamond (remember that this backpack comes on the market until next season).

All the zippers are in one color, I suggested changing the color of the main zipper
No „emergency” charging port in the form of microUSB / USB-C – for example, to leave the backpack overnight charge (I do not think that’s changed, but maybe some adapter though)


As already you manage to guess backpack will have „some” back of the system and for this you can buckle up adequate capacity (booster).

Black Diamond Jetforce PRO
The system itself has not changed significantly somehow, added connectivity  Bluetooth for possible software updates  and fleet management backpacks through an application on the phone (for example rental avalanche equipment).

Black Diamond Pro Jetforce

Base of the Jetforce PRO –  you can put your Thermos inside empty space, first aid kit and sandwitch 🙂

Black Diamond Jetforce PRO boosters
Black Diamond Jetforce PRO boosters
Black Diamond Jetforce PRO boosters
Black Diamond Jetforce PRO boosters

3 types of Boosters, 10L, 25L and 35L

Black Diamond Jetforce PRO boosters
Black Diamond Jetforce PRO boosters 10L 25L 35L

Boosters are mounted via zipper.

Black Diamond Jetforce PRO boosters
Black Diamond Jetforce PRO boosters
Black Diamond Jetforce PRO boosters
Black Diamond Jetforce PRO boosters

This is the booster backpack with 10L ( „capacity” of the backpack makes the space of the main zipper to the left side.

Black Diamond Jetforce PRO

This is the booster backpack with 25L ( „capacity” of the backpack makes the space of the main lock to the left –  here you can see it better than 10L)

Black Diamond Jetforce PRO
Black Diamond Jetforce PRO

35L booster – and what I managed to put inside.

Black Diamond Jetforce PRO
Black Diamond Jetforce PRO

35L Booster packing option

Black Diamond Jetforce PRO
Black Diamond Jetforce PRO

For comparison, the old version of Black Diamond HALO 28L in size M / L (and this is just the kind of difference 28L vs 35L).

Black Diamond Halo 28L

And pic of Black Diamond Jetforce 25L Splitboard / SnowboardBlack Diamond Jetforce PRO split

Black Diamond Jetforce PRO split

Backpack carrying system is made „smoothly”. Notches on the hip belt to be to better fit the waist to the hips.

Black Diamond Jetforce PRO
Black Diamond Jetforce PRO

Waist belt with a small pocket for some chocolate bars, candies, etc :).Black Diamond Jetforce PRO

Each avalanche backpack to function properly  REQUIRES  fasteners „leash”  that goes between the legs, here it is comfortably settled in carabiner eye.

Black Diamond Jetforce PRO

The chest belt which  MUST be worn and  adjusted  Also it its  adjustable  higher / lower.

Black Diamond Jetforce Booster PRO

Ski carry on 35L booster is almost impossible, the upper eye/strap is too short – but I posted this information to the Black Diamond.

Black Diamond Jetforce PRO
Black Diamond Jetforce PRO

Helmet carry  – comfortable, hassle-free (As you can see – right now you are not able to carry the skis).

Black Diamond Jetforce PRO

Black Diamond Jetforce PRO

Ice Axe Carry
Black Diamond Jetforce PRO

The Jetforce changed slightly, the battery can’t be smaller (EU requirements). Added previously mentioned Bluetooth.  The battery is made in Poland🙂

Black Diamond Jetforce PRO

Black Diamond Jetforce PRO

System is permanently attachet to the backpack.

Black Diamond Jetforce PRO

Battery  charging  cable is located in the right strap.  Full charge takes about 2-3hrs

Black Diamond Jetforce PRO

Black Diamond Pro Jetforce

Black Diamond Pro Jetforce

 

In summary, the new model backpack system Jetforce PRO eliminates the greatest ills predecessors, the reduced weight (by ~ 0.5kg less than the old version) and the improved capacity (Liters) you saw how much I can pack into a new 35L backpack. Street price is high but the same was for the first version of this system, the weight of the battery packs is almost the same as gas backpacks.(well … almost 😉).
Here you will find information about another backpack Black Diamond-based Alpride E1  Jetforce Tour 26L