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Arc'teryx VoltAir 30
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Price $449.99 at Amazon
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Pros Lightweight, least expensive airbag pack, excellent backcountry friendly features, versatile, moves fantastically with the user on the downBest airbag system currently out there, one of the best fitting airback packs, killer pack design, functional, extremely water resistant, lots of small and rad features, easy to travel withEasy to travel with, multiple deployments possible, easy to use and functional ski carry system, cool stealthy helmet holsterAwesome airbag system for its potential for trauma reduction and being modular, tons of extra well-designed and useful features, lots of volume, comfortable shoulder straps and back-panelInexpensive, well-designed pack, lightweight
Cons Only comes in one frame size, Over-all volume is (barely) big enough for most, but not all day trips, snow safety gear pocket on the small sideOne of the heavier airbag packs, expensiveExpensive, heavy, back panel access works but isn't awesomeAverage weight, snow safety gear pocket is a little on the small sideOne size that doesn't fit many shorter people
Bottom Line A great desig and great value; it can double for occasional day tours, making it tough to beatIf we could only own one airbag pack for everything from day tours to hut-to-hut skiing, this would be itOne of the best airbag systems that sports a solid design that is good for most day trips - as long as you don't need extra gear for colder temps or technical descentsA top-notch pack design ready for any day trip; it can pull double duty for shorter or supported overnight adventuresOne of our favorite overall pack designs coupled with BCA's basic but extremely functional and reliable airbag pack; all at a respectable weight and a good price
Rating Categories Backcountry Access Float 22 Arc'teryx Voltair 30 Halo 28 JetForce Mammut Pro Protection 3.0 Backcountry Access Float 32
Airbag System (20%)
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Backcountry Utility (22%)
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Comfort (12%)
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Downhill Performance (13%)
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Specs Backcountry Access... Arc'teryx Voltair 30 Halo 28 JetForce Mammut Pro... Backcountry Access...
Volume 22L useable space 30L useable space 28L 35L minus system 32L useable space
Weight with Cartridge 6.5 lbs 7.6 lbs 7.5 lbs 7.19 lbs 7.06 lbs
Airbag unit or packs can be purchased separately/independently Yes (but only 1 8L model) No No Yes Yes (but only 1 8L model)
Cartridge type Compressed Air Electric fan Electric fan Compressed Air Compressed Air
Cost to Refill $5-20 Not Applicable Not Applicable $5-20 $5-20
Volumne of Bag(s) 1x 150L 1x 150L 1x 200L 1x 150L 1x 150L
Frame sizes One size One size SM/ML One size One size
Can you fly with it? Yes, empty domestically in the US, Full internationally. Yes, no cartridge Yes, no cartridge Yes, empty domestically in the US, Full internationally. Yes, empty domestically in the US, Full internationally.
Helmet carrier? Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Carry Snowboard With extra attachement Yes No Yes With extra attachement
Carry skis A-frame or Diagonal Diagonal Diagonal/vertical carry on back Diagonal Diagonal Diagonal
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