ABS Vario Base Unit
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Risk exists when you're traveling in snow-covered terrain, no matter what the forecast or your snow pit says; with the ABS Vario Base Unit Pack, you've always got backup in case of an emergency. The Vario has independent twin airbags, one on either side of your pack (zip-on packs sold separately), with a combined volume of 170L to help you rise to the top of the debris when caught in an avalanche. An included adjustable activation handle comes with a small, internal pressurized release capsule and can be set up on the left or right shoulder strap for easy access, and safety bracket zips into a compartment on either shoulder strap to prevent accidental releases. When pulled, the activation handle punctures the small internal trigger capsule, which in turn activates the piercing unit, puncturing the main canister (also included) to fill the airbags within seconds, helping to keep the wearer on the surface of the slide. The shoulder straps, waist belt, and secure leg strap work together to ensure that the pack stays securely attached and correctly oriented, even in the turmoil of a powerful slide. Once you've deployed the airbags, you must replace the trigger handle and the airbag-inflating canister (replacement must be done through ABS). The other parts of the system are reusable--just fold up the airbags according to the instructions and re-pack them in the hook-and-loop side panel compartments, attach the new canister and trigger handle, and you're ready to ride. The Vario Base Unit is purely an avalanche airbag system, which requires a zip-on outer pack cover (available in volumes ranging from 8 to 55 liters) to hold tons of gear or stay light-and-fast. The pack covers are easily swappable and replaceable, so you can always have the right size for your adventure and can update a worn-out pack without having to replace the expensive airbag system.
The ABS Vario Base Unit is the avalanche airbag portion of the Vario system, an incredible leap forward in backcountry skiing safety. The ABS TwinBag system deploys twin airbags out of the sides of the base unit to increase floatation in the case of an avalanche while backcountry skiing. Twin airbags creates redundancy for extra safety. TUV certified (German Technical Control Board) to withstand the huge forces involved in an avalanche. Tough and adjustable shoulder straps, hip belt, sternum strap and leg strap are all designed to be comfortable and strong so the airbag stays with you. Hipbelt uses metal buckles for extra strength. Hipbelt pocket for stashing small essential items you want to be able to grab on the go. The ABS TwinBags inflate to a volume of 170 liters for maximum flotation. Attach different size packs depending on if you're taking a short backcountry or sidecountry lap or an all-day backcountry session. ABS touts an incredible 97% survival rate using these avalanche airbags!. Bright airbags also aid rescuers in finding you in the case of a slide. Add on the Vario 25 Ski Pack for shorter days or the Vario 40 for longer days and over-nighters. Includes a cover if a pack bag is not attached. If you're serious about backcountry skiing, you should think seriously about an ABS ski airbag. Comes with an Activation Unit. Carrying system: Adjustable shoulder straps, waist belt, sternum strap and leg strap. Avalanche Airbag system: ABS TwinBags, 170 Liter volume. Base unit accepts pack bags from 15 to 40 liter sizes. Torso length (Small): Up to 19.3 inches (49 cm). Torso length (Large): 18.1 inches (46 cm) and up. Weight: 4.6 lbs (2.1 kg). Includes Activation Unit: Steel cartridge (220 ml)
- Tahoe Mountain Sports
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.
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.