Reactor

REACTOR, the experience from the beginning

For the past 15 years, through our own team and partners, ARVA has played an important role in the development, production, and support of avalanche airbag systems. Studying and applying hundreds of actual accident reports, ARVA made the choice to innovate our own specific product in this field. After two years of research and development, ARVA is proud to present the one of the lightest, most functional, and reliable dual airbag systems on the market.

What is an airbag backpack?

The airbag system is a new standard in safety equipment, allowing a person to stay above an avalanche, and meant to be combined with use of a beacon, probe, and shovel. The principe use increases a victim’s volume by inflating an airbag around the backpack. The system is equipped with a simple lockable/rotating handle, when pulled for deployment, fills the airbag in just a few seconds. This airbag is brought to the surface of snow based on the physical phenomenon of “reverse segregation” which consists of pushing up lighter volumes among a multitude of moving particles.

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SMART HEAD PROTECTION

Ergonomically shaped airbags which offer protection for the head.

150L AIRBAG VOLUME / LIGHTWEIGHT AND HIGH TENACITY FABRIC

The airbags have an actual volume of 150l (2x75l) and are made of high tenacity fabric, in accordance with new EU regulation test EN16716. It weights only 400g.

QUATTRO SNOW-SHIELD AIR INTAKES

4 air intakes to boost the inflating system with a high air flow protected from the snow.


EXTREME COMPACITY

The most compact airbag system on the market. Minimal bulkiness which frees up considerable storage volume.

TRANSFERABLE AIRBAG SYSTEM

Easy transfer of the airbag system into another REACTOR backpack.

FAST AND EASY REPACK

Easy airbag deflation and repack.


DOUBLE CHAMBER AIRBAG

Airbag with internal partition creating 2 separate chambers, to increase reliability.

INTERNAL SHOCK ABSORBER

The internal separation improves the airbags capacity for shock absorption.

3D FIT TECHNOLOGY

Integrated adjustment of the back length, shoulder straps and handle position (S-M-L).

ROTATING HANDLE

The handle rotates to follow natural motion of the arm, for an easier activation.

LIGHTEST DUAL AIRBAG SYSTEM

REACTOR is the lightest dual airbag system on the market. It weighs only 790g + cylinder (EU steel 450g or carbon 310g).


LARGER LIFTING AREA ENHANCED STABILITY

The shape offers a wider area subject to the lifting principle of inverse segregation and enhances stability in the upward motion.

The REACTOR system

With a total airbag capacity of 150 L (2 x 75 L each), combined with a dual inflation system, the REACTOR insists on security and reliability. The airbags shape and positionning have been designed in order to maximize the abilitly to move upward in an avalanche. The inflation system design has been optimized to offer a product more efficient, compact and lighter (790 g), at the same time adressing demands in real case situations. All these innovations included three different patent applications. You also have the possibility to take the REACTOR system out of your backpack and to transfer it in another compatible REACTOR backpack.

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SAFE LOCKING AND RETRACTABLE HANDLE

The retracted handle prevents inadvertent activation and is extremely compact.


AUTOMATIC RELOAD SYSTEM

Automatic handle reloading upon system activation (In case of activation without cylinder or with an empty cylinder, the system should be manually reloaded).

ULTRA-COMPACT CYLINDER

The cylinder is very compact and light. It complies with International Air Transport Association regulation (IATA table 2.3.A) for baggage carried by passengers.


TWIN PIPES FLOW INFLATION

Separate filling of both airbags secures the reliability of deployment.

HIGHEST INFLATING POWER SYSTEM

The very high inflation power allows an optimal filling of the airbags even with opposing pressure.


SPLIT AIR INTAKE TECHNOLOGY

The air flow is partitioned in two ducts from air intakes to both airbags. Combined with twin pipes flow inflation, the REACTOR offers 2 inflating systems in 1 for more reliability.

CYLINDER COMPATIBILITY

Compatible with similar airbag system cylinders.

Cylinders

The cylinders are made with high-quality materials and are designed to withstand over 300 bars (4351 psi) of internal pressure. The steel cylinders comply with Directive 2010/35/EU in Europe and with DOC/TC regulations in North America. The carbon cylinders comply with ISO 11119-3 standards. The cylinders are single-use and can only be refilled by ARVA.

The REACTOR backpacks range

The range is made up of four different volumes of backpacks: 18, 24, 32 and 40 L,. Each size pack is customized for specific uses. The R18, light and compact, is dedicated to the minimalist or freerider. The R24 has a more storage volume while keeping compact, perfect for most day touring. With a more alpine style, the R32 is a great match forlonger touring, patroling or guiding. Finally, the R40 weighing 2.4 kg, or 5.3 lbs., equipped with a carbon cylinder, becomes a true option for overnight or extended trips, without compromising safety.

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