ABS Vario Base Unit

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The Vario Base Unit Silver Edition is particularly narrow and fits to the body perfectly thanks to the neoprene hip strap. For the ABS Base Unit to sit properly and for the best comfort, it should only be combined with the smaller Vario Zip-On packs with volumes between 8l and 30 liters. The thoroughly tested ABS TwinBag System is integrated into the Base Unit, which also comes with a cover and a steel cartridge made of high-tensile steel. The proven ABS TwinBag System is integrated into the Vario Base Unit Silver Edition and in the event of an emergency can be activated in seconds. The Base Unit is designed to withstand the enormous forces that occur during an avalanche. The carrying system meets the requirements of the TUV for extreme operational demands. ABS TwinBags with buoyancy volume of 170 l. Handle plate with activation handle, which is height-adjustable and available in a left-handed version, guaranteeing ease of access in the event of an emergency. Zip-on cover, which can easily accommodate emergency equipment, so that minimalists can benefit from a fully operational yet particularly light and narrow airbag backpack. Light, elastic neoprene hip strap which gives a perfect fit. Comfortable, padded hip strap for comfort even when carrying a fully laden backpack. Height-adjustable chest strap. Ergonomically shaped shoulder straps. Integrated leg strap. Water-repellent, padded back section. Burst pressure at least 675 bar. Filled weight: approx. 510 g. Refillable and quick and easy to replace. Weight: 5.5 lb (2.5 kg). Includes Activation Unit: Steel cartridge (220 ml)

- Tahoe Mountain Sports

Look, you really shouldn't venture out into the backcountry on a red-light day anymore than you should practice your kite-flying in a thunderstorm or work on your backstroke in a shark tank. That said, yellow-light days are when the most accidents happen, and even a forecaster's green light is no guarantee of stability, so it's always wise to bring a few things with you. A working brain and finely tuned decision-making skills are the most important, but, along with a beacon, shovel, and probe, an avalanche airbag like the Silver Edition ABS Vario Base Unit can keep you alive if an accident does happen. First, take note: ABS base units aren't your traditional backpacks. As the name suggests, they're the foundational piece of ABS's Vario airbag system, a design that allows you to customize the volume of your airbag pack. The base unit includes two independent 85L airbags, a nitrogen-filled inflation canister, and a activation handle/trigger system all within an ergonomically-designed backpack frame--to complete the system, you need a compatible ABS Vario Cover, available in sizes ranging from 8 to 55 liters. Just zip the cover onto the base unit and you're ready to go. As for the base unit itself, the Silver Edition has a narrower, more ergonomic design than the standard Vario base unit, and uses an elastic neoprene waist belt that's exceedingly light and comfortable. It doesn't carry weight as comfortably as the wider standard unit, so shouldn't be overloaded, but is an ideal companion for ski mountaineering and long tours where lightness and freedom of movement are paramount (And, it should be noted, the Silver Edition is perfectly compatible with all Vario covers.) The shoulder straps are ergonomically designed, the chest strap is height-adjustable, and the integrated leg strap helps your pack stay firmly on your back even in the turmoil of a slide. The Silver Edition uses the same deployment system as the standard ABS airbag packs: a trigger handle attaches to e..

- Backcountry.com

The ABS Vario Base Unit is a your life saving tool and a must have in the backcountry. This base unit of the ABS avalanche airbags is part of a proven system to prevent burial in an avalanche and to survive the fall with the fewest possible injuries. To avoid burial in an avalanche you have to increase your volume by a factor of 1.5 of your body weight. The inflated ABS airbags give an additional 170 liters providing the necessary buoyancy to stay on top of an avalanche.This unit does not include the activation unit or the canister.

- CampSaver.com

The ABS Vario Avalanche Airbag Pack base unit features an integrated ABS TwinBag system to help keep you at or near the surface of the snow during an avalanche. German-engineered airbag is designed to create dynamic lift and preserve your peripheral vision when inflated. Pneumatic pull handle activates the air cylinder (sold separately) which rapidly inflates the airbag. Shoulder straps, hipbelt, sternum strap and back panel are designed to offer all-day comfort; leg strap helps keep you attached to the airbag during an avalanche. The ABS Vario Avalanche Airbag Pack base unit attaches to various sizes of ABS Zip-On pack bodies (not included), allowing you to choose the pack volume that's right for you.