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ARVA Reactor 15 Ultralight Airbag Pack


Not all airbags are created equal. Ideally, if you were to remove the airbag system from the pack, it would still be one that you enjoy skiing with. In the case of the ARVA R15 Ultralight, the excellent pack layout leaves little to be desired. The ultralight Reactor pack is a clean, low-volume pack for light and fast missions in avalanche terrain. It also has impressive reliability features such as a dual-bladder. This means if one side pops (making your already bad day even worse), the other side still provides ample flotation. Rounding out one of the lightest airbags on the market is a padded back protector, external helmet holder, versatile size adjustment, security pocket, and Cordura body fabric. The impeccable layout of the ARVA R15 makes carrying everything you need for a fast day in the backcountry easy as pie. Speaking of pie, the pack is so light and low-profile you’d be forgiven if you put an extra slice in your pack (or belly).

  • Deployment handle adjusts for the optimal location in stressful situations.
  • Dedicated safety pocket keeps shovels and probes away from the airbag system.
  • Sizing system uses 3D Fit Technology for the perfect, all-day comfort fit.
  • Internal sleeve for a hydration bladder lets you carry water with your air.
  • Security pocket has a key clip for when you need to return to the locked world.
  • Main body in Cordura 210D Double Rip Stop for hard-wearing durability.
  • Refillable canisters are easy to install and optionally easy to refill.
  • Dual Bladder Airbag System keeps you afloat should one side pop.
  • Ergonomic belt features a single, zippered pocket.

Please note that canisters are sold separately.

Update 19/20: The Reactor 15 got a wider opening to get at the goodies faster, as well as a new color.

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1762g (with canister 2207g)
Volume 15L
Access Front Access
Hydration Compatible
Ski Carry Diagonal
Gear Loops 1
Helmet Attachment No
Specs Verified Yes
Materials   Cordura 210D Double Ripstop/Polyamide 330D Ripstop
Skimo Co Says
Usage Light quick day missions
Notes Adjustable harness for different torso lengths
Bottom Line Light, small airbag for short tours
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Questions & Reviews

Question from John
Your information says this is hydration compatible, but it's also clear that the pack can be used without the canister (and hence without airbag functionality.) That raises the question of whether it's safe to use a hydration system when you ARE using it is avalanche protection (That is, would the hydration system interfere with the airbag deployment?)
Answer from Ian C
Hey John, Arva makes these so you can carry hydration and air bag at the same time! Here is their language from the Reactor UL 15 manual:
"If you use a hydration system, you have the option of attaching it to a dedicated fastener located beneath the 3D-fit adjustment strap. Thread the tube through the hole that leads to the airbag compartment and then pull it out through the sheath on the shoulder strap, making sure that it passes BENEATH THE AIRBAG."
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Question from PFink
What's the ski carry like on this thing? I think I see a diagonal loop. Is there a hook?
Answer from Nate
Hi PFink, it's a diagonal carry but it does not have a speed hook. At this time, I'm not aware of any airbag system that offers a hook/speed carry system due to the interference it would have with deploying the airbag with skis on it.
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