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Stay on top of the slide to stay alive.

Heading into the backcountry promises the reward of untracked snow, but it also includes the potential for an avalanche. Vastly improve your odds of surviving a slide by strapping on the ABS Avalanche Rescue Devices Vario 15 Backpack before starting up the skin track. Dual airbags can be quickly inflated in the event of an avalanche, helping you stay on the surface of the slide and increasing your visibility for an expedited rescue. Plus, the pack has room for your shovel and probe so you can help dig out other members of your party.

  • Includes a 15-liter backpack that zips onto the included base unit, where the airbags and activation unit live
  • Dual airbag system displaces a combined 170 liters of space to push you to the surface of a slide
  • Easy-to-use pneumatic trigger quickly and reliably inflates bags
  • Dual airbags are made from a polyurethane material for reliable inflation
  • Height-adjustable sternum strap and leg strap ensure the pack stays on under stress
  • Interlocking steel D-ring buckle at the waist provides durable impact resistance
  • Included canister loaded with compressed nitrogen for performance at low temperatures
  • Ski- and snowboard-carry straps hold your plank(s) on the hike up
  • Dedicated compartment holds shovel and probe so you can help out the rest of your party
  • Detachable helmet holder makes more space in the interior
  • Hydration-compatible so you can stay on top of your game and not get dehydrated in the high country
  • Editor’s Note: wearing this airbag system does NOT guarantee that you will survive an avalanche burial or a slide amidst avalanche debris; get educated, get the right tools, travel with partners, and be smart out there
  • The Vario 15 can be shipped via air to the lower 48 states only; no air shipping available to AK, HI, or international addresses

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Here's what others have to say...

5 5

Ran 3 miles in this pack

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I ran almost 5 miles with the air bags inflated. (don't ask) Granted this is a little heavier pack since you have some air bags and a small canister of Nitrous in there. I am looking forward to ski with this pack. There is plenty of room inside and was thoroughly impressed with how quick the bags deployed. I will feel 1000 times safer skiing with this pack.

4 5

Feels right, have not yet used

I got this pack in the spring, so I have not been able to use it in riding conditions yet. First thing I noticed with the pack was the weight. The thing, loaded with the NO canister is pretty dang heavy, but I guess thats the price you pay to put exploding airbags on your back. The 15L has tons of room and i was able to test pack it with my skins, shovel, probe, food, layer, gloves, and goggles pretty easily. The zip off front will make this pack extremely versatile. 15 L for liftriding slackcountry days, 30L for longer tours where I need a bunch of stuff.

Is this the same base unit as the "ABS...

Is this the same base unit as the "ABS Avalanche Rescue Devices Vario Base Unit Pack"? (just a different size)

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Kettu, don't know if you are still looking at this but it is the small base unit with the 15 liter pack attachment. I think small is for back measurements of 18 inches or less and large is about 18. I am 5'9" tall and purchased a large but found a much better price on campsaver in when you search their website.

I see this is an older model, can I take...

I see this is an older model, can I take off the ABS cover & put something like a DaKine ABS cover on this pack???

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Yes, all the models of the abs vario line have standardized zipper sizes so all the zip-on packs will fit, no matter what year the model is.

What does the S mean next to the color and...

What does the S mean next to the color and price? Is it a small or is this a one size fits all pack? Thank you!