Despite being Arva's largest backpack with an avalanche airbag, the Reactor 40 Avalanche Airbag Backpack is still lighter than avalanche airbag backpacks from other brands, even those with smaller capacities. Just because it's lighter doesn't mean Arva modified the airbag to be lightera"that just sounds scarya"but rather, paired the bag with an ultralight backpack that still boasts plenty of features (ski carry, snowboard carry, hydration compatibility, avalanche gear sleeve) and a capacity suitable for long days in the backcountry. The airbag itself features a gas canister deployment (cylinder sold separately) through dual air chambers around your neck, head, and sides for increased shock absorption and overall reliability. There's a chance an avalanche could pop an airbag, but this bag's dual chamber design can help you stay afloat if only one chamber pops. Arva made the safe-locking, retractable handle completely adjustable so you can place it right where you want.
Historic Range: $562.46