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    Voltair 20L Backpack

    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 upwards of 20 times in a single day and is reliable in temperatures down to -4F.

    The multi-deployment system doesn't just provide extra peace of mind when you're traveling in the backcountry, but it gives you 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.

    • 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

    N400r-AC2 nylon ripstop
    20L (1220cu in)
    Deployment System
    rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery powered fan
    Waist Belt
    2 main, 1 internal security, 1 shovel / probe
    Ski Carry
    yes, diagonal
    Snowboard Carry
    yes, vertical
    Ice Axe Carry
    Recommended Use
    backcountry touring, skiing, snowboarding
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

    What do you think about this product?


    >Rating: 5

    Arc'teryx Voltair 20L Backpack

    True to size

    Arc'teryx Voltair AVA Backpack

    >Rating: 5

    Arc'teryx Voltair 20L Backpack

    Arc'teryx Voltair AVA Backpack

    >Rating: 5


    I've put it through the wringer
    True to size
    Size Bought
    155 lbs

    At the beginning of the season, I was very skeptical about this pack and gave it a poor review and wanted to return it. Take into consideration that this Pack is not for everyone and the TOTAL PRICE with battery/charger (which I recommend you buy directly from Arc'teryx) is around 1,200 to 1400. (Depending on Deals) Ik right?? $$$$ -Dilian from the avalanche department at Arc'teryx was extremely helpful, thanks, MAN... I changed my mind after a few early session tours and multiple resort laps into the side country. I will say that this pack doesn't come without its drawback, and requires an over-all minimalist gear load. If this fits into your profile of a lightweight avalanche bag -it is definitely for you. The packs material is some pretty serious stuff its like a thick Goretex ripstop that don't take no S*** when it comes to durability and waterproofing. Basically this pack is going to give you just enough room of the essentials nothing more which is great but beware. On some of my longer tours in GTNP, I was able to pack a pretty hefty Gear load as follows Two Nalgien Water Bottles 1-32oz 1-16oz 1 Extra layer/Gloves/Socks 1 Medkit 1gear ade kit/bc repair kit/ 2-4Bars/food 1Shovel 1Probe 1 pair of Skins (stowed in the pack on the way down) 1 headlamp (extra batteries) 1 BCA Radio (many loops on the shoulder strap perfect for the radio-mic clip) CHARGING/Battery life: I usually leave the battery plugged in overnight in a warm area giving me a full charge in the morning. I have never run out of battery over the course of 3- days but charging = peace of mind. The Battery itself is around 2lbs.. Deploying the bag: the bag is inflated within 3-4 seconds and pauses every 10-12 seconds. These pauses are very loud. I think its a good thing bec if anything you'll be able to here the thing a mile away. The trigger itself is set at around 10lbs of pull so you kinda have to want it, but I guess that's the point. It also has a safety lock with a red X as an indicator that allows you to easily see which mode it is in. Ski Carry: I bought some ski straps from Arc'teryx (I believe they're for a different pack the alpha or something) any way they fit superbly in the rear slots and -I highly recommend them for faster access when transitioning. PS this is a diagonal ski carry that does not hinder the airbag. All and all I love this pack and really glad I held on to it. I plan on buying another one next season (maybe the 30L) for friends to use etc. Plus "2 is 1 and 1 is none." I even used this pack for Snowmacheneing in the Togwotee area and it performed admirably as I was not hindered when making turns etc. Bottom line, don't be like me -do some extensive research if you can find someone who owns this pack even better.

    >Rating: 5

    Very good option

    I've put it through the wringer

    Have used, and my kids have used this back. The leg clip, and the trigger configuration are the best in my experience. The bag can deploy and be packed easily, so it welcomes practice. I will use the little mammut with a carbon canister i smuggled home because it is lighter, and i am older and not optimal condition. But i miss the ease of this bags trigger, which is less apt for premature deployment, and the clip. I’m used to carrying a water bottle now, and prefer it for several reasons, no freeze, easy to monitor. There are lighter systems, but not better

    >Rating: 3


    I returned this product before using it

    I was So stoked to get this 20L airbag. I committed to Arc'teryx over 20 years ago and have rarely been disappointed, but this bag is just that. I got the bag, but due to personal reasons I wasn't able to use it right away. When I finally unpackaged everything, it was beautiful! In Arc'teryx fashion the zippers were amazing and the quality was exceptional. Decided to hook up the battery and load the pack to walk around my house to make sure the fit was good. The battery right off the bat wouldn't charge (just kept beeping..) ok so I decide to hook it up in the pack and it fits beautifully. But the battery is significantly heavier than expected . Once the battery is in then it can be packed. As I go about the job, It soon becomes clear there's no hydration pocket...! I was probably in the description, my bad, but I just can't believe they couldn't figure out how to make this happen without interfering with deployment. If I'm headed somewhere that I need avalanche protection, I need water on demand..The only way I could figure out how to make it happen is to have the hose stick out the side of the zipper ? not for $1300, or carry and additional bag? no. Needless to say this is why I'm returning. If this isn't a concern for you, it's otherwise an amazing bag. The feel when the pack was on was extremely comfortable. It carried very balanced and fit well (I didn't wear it for long, but the fit was exceptional. I did some research on the battery too, it has issues. I did not ever deploy the bag so cannot fairly assess its performance. Overall for the $1300-$1600 price tag, a disappointment.

    >Rating: 3

    Yet to be seen

    I didn’t realize when I bought these (should have read the description better) hat it doesn’t come with the batter and the charger. I bought them separately and have had issues with the battery or the charger (not sure which as the combo didn’t work). Got he new batteries to charge a little and it seemed awesome. 🤞🏽 Hopefully my husband doesn’t have to use them.

    >Rating: 5

    Awesome Airbag

    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