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While a bunch of needless bells and whistles may earn some oohs and aahhs on the trade show floor, most backcountry travelers prefer intuitive use and simple functionality when using their gear out in the field. Putting simplicity at the forefront of its design, the Arc'teryx Voltair 20 Backpack marks a departure in avalanche airbag systems through a powerful fan-powered system that can be deployed multiple times in a single day and is reliable in temperatures down to 14F.
Arc'teryx's Voltair airbag system utilizes a 22.2V lithium-ion polymer battery (sold separate) that's rechargeable and capable of inflating the bag upwards of 20 times a day in temperatures as low as 14F. This multi-deployment system doesn't just provide extra peace of mind when you're traveling in the backcountry, but it gives you, the user, the opportunity to practice with the bag in the field, so you won't be caught off guard in the event of an emergency. The simple and intuitive deployment system consists of an always-exposed mechanical pull that can be quickly unlocked and deployed with just a quick twist and pull. The mechanical deployment system does away with any hiccups that may come with an electronic system, ensuring the bag deploys when it matters most. Once activated, the centrifugal blower rapidly inflates the airbag in under seven seconds, then ensures the bag maintains proper inflation by pushing additional air in the bag every five seconds after the initial deployment.
The pack itself maintains a simplistic design that consists of two main compartments and a dedicated avy tool pocket to stow your climbing skins, shovel, probe, and saw. External straps along the front of the bag will carry either skis or a snowboard and single ice axe when traveling in the alpine. A key component to any avalanche airbag is the pack's leg loop, so Arc'teryx gave the Voltair a simple and comfortable one-handed, glove-friendly wiregate leg loop clip, so you won't be tempted to leave it unclipped before you drop in. The water-resistant fabric repels moisture from snow and spindrift, and the water-resistant zippers ensure a water-tight closure to the pack, so you aren't surprised by any wet layers when you go to throw your puffy jacket on between powder laps on a storm day.
- An avalanche airbag built for backcountry skiing and snowboarding
- 150-liter air bag balloon inflates out of the top of the pack
- Fan-powered deployment system is rechargeable and reusable
- Mechanical trigger handle ensures reliable deployment
- Centrifugal blower inflates the bag in under seven seconds
- One-handed leg loop clip can be attached with gloves on
- Dedicated tool compartment for shovel, probe, and skins
- Rechargeable Lipo battery and charger sold separately
- Item #ARC00LG
- Q & A
I have the 20L version of the pack and it has been great for me and my touring style. I am able to fit my big shovel, probe, saw and a few extra layers easily inside the pack.
The bag is built by arc'teryx, so I know its going to last many years. I have tested it mulipule times and the trigger mechanism is very smooth and easy to operate. The bag does feel a little heavy when picking it up but the suspension system does a great job of distributing the weight.
I would take a look at this pack if you are looking for an airbag