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It costs and arm and a leg but it may just save your life - and it's reusable! We review the Arc'teryx Voltair ABS pack

arcteryx voltair 30 backpack u cayenne f16
Overall Score
Allows multiple deployments; can be carried hassle-free on airlines

Unlike traditional compressed air cylinder airbag systems that are limited to one deployment per charged cylinder, the award-winning Voltair airbag system is powered by a heavy-duty 22.2V lithium ion polymer rechargeable battery that allows you to deploy it multiple times.

This allows you to practice setting off the airbag so you're better prepared should the worst happen, as well as having the added advantage that you can carry it on planes without any hassle (the charged cylinder in traditional ABS systems can often cause problems at check-in).

Utilizing a centrifugal blower to fill the 150-litre volume airbag, the Voltair system delivers more initial pressure than any other battery powered avalanche airbag system currently on the market. This ensures the bag deploys rapidly, consistently and continuously, even if small tears or punctures result from colliding with hard objects like trees and rocks.

The Voltair's battery system is also rechargeable in the field via a special adapter for portable power sources, and the pack's trigger handle is permanently accessible, so it can be quickly unlocked to deploy the airbag during descent.

The pack has an easy-to-use, one-handed wire gate leg loop/harness system to firmly secure it to your body, along with sturdy shoulder straps.

The pack itself is fully seam-sealed and constructed with tough, waterproof N400r-AC² nylon 6 ripstop body fabric, with waterproof zippers for top and side access to the two main compartments.

There are dedicated compartments for your avy (avalanche safety) gear, front lash ladders and straps to carry skis or snowboard and tool loops for climbing tools, so you'll have no problems carrying everything you need for a day in the backcountry.

Yes, the Voltair is expensive, but should you be unfortunate enough to be caught in a slide you'll probably think it worth every penny.


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