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ARVA - Reactor North America Steel Cylinder

ARVA Reactor North America Steel Cylinder

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Tech Specs

high-strength steel
Deployment System:
4300psi (300 bar)
ARVA Reactor series
Recommended Use:
backcountry touring
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

Reactor North America Steel Cylinder

There's no point in lugging an avalanche pack into the backcountry if it's not ready to be deployed. Keep your ARVA Reactor series pack ready to spring into action with the North America Steel Cylinder.

  • A compact can for deploying ARVA Reactor avy packs
  • 40% smaller than similar cans to save space in pack
  • High-strength steel cylinder ensures long-lasting durability
  • Must be refilled by manufacturer; must be empty for flights
  • In accordance with DOT/TC and IATA (table 2.3.A) regulations for baggage carried by passengers


  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

Can we assume helicopter trips to peaks under14k are an acceptable elevation for the ARVA reactor? Has ARVA performed tests in the lab and on peaks up to 14k?

can't refill argon

    Specs say nitrogen, but its argon (much higher psi.) I couldn't find anyone in Utah that could fill or exchange it. We're talking Wasatchangeles!!
    One shop had another at $175 to sell me. No thanks!

    HI Brian, It is the same PSI (4300) regardless of the type of gas. Argon is pretty identical in properties to Nitrogen, the only reason for the different gas was so arva could make the canister smaller, argon is denser I am told. This PSI is spec-ed off the original ABS canisters- since that time, most (air) cylinders in the US have been lowered in performance to around 2800-3000 PSI, more bursting power is an important safety element in Arva's opinion. As far as the exchange network the most up to date network should be on Arva's site, or www.canisterinfo.com is the tech and travlel specific site. You can exchange the gas canisters at Wasatch Touring or Milosport both in the SL valley. New this year is another option of refillable air canister, should be on bc.com soon, several retailers can refill these from air to a spec of 3100-3800 psi and it still functions great for the dual chamber bag.

    Why compressed gas?

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Arva went with a compressed gas canister for a few reasons, the primary one being safety should not be compromised. The fact is the compressed, and sealed, gas canister is the most proven system on the market. Zero leaking, more stable at temperature and elevation than compressed air, less susceptible to corrosion, and more blasting power (4300 PSI) are some of the other benefits. Sure some arrangements need to be taken to travel, if renting or exchanging are not a convenient option, consider shipping a canister to your destination ahead of time whether a new purchase, or one of your own.

    Last, the small size of this system allows for a lot of functional and packable space compared to other packs and systems. You can pack a load close to your back and balanced inside the pack.

    Why compressed gas?

    Canister comparison

      It can be tough to compare the actual size of the canister/cylinder, so this is a representation of how all the current gas and compressed air systems stack up.

      Canister comparison