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What you desire is uncomplicated, sleek, and safe.

You know what you want: the whole shebang, and the ABS Vario 18 Ultralight Pack is the real deal. It features the potentially life-saving ABS avalanche dual-airbag system that helps protect against impact and floats you to the surface of a slide, and it features a strong and superlight pack to carry your essentials. Many of the carry systems are detachable, so you can go low-profile and speedy on quickie hikes that require less gear, then strap them back on to increase your load capacity. Easy, breezy, and bomber.

  • ABS system features two strong, lateral, nylon and PVC airbags for double the protection, unhindered sight and movement, and large 170L buoyancy volume
  • ABS carrying system is comprised of shoulder straps, adjustable hip and chest straps, and anchoring leg loop; it’s TUV-certified for extreme use
  • Progressive pneumatic-pyrotechnic release activates system—quick pull of the handle, using very little force, quickly inflates the system
  • Canister(included) loaded with compressed nitrogen for performance at low temperatures
  • Nylon construction is durable and strong
  • Please review instructions on yearly maintenance and inspection before use and after deployment
  • Padded, foam back structure with breathable mesh reduces strain and fatigue and improves comfort
  • Weighs 5lb 4oz (without cartridge); volume capacity is 18L; carrying capacity is 175lb
  • Ergonomic hip-belt carries the load in comfort; belt has pocket for easy access to essentials
  • Main compartment is top-accessible via horizontal zip for quick get-in-and-grabs
  • Skis secure vertically or diagonally; snowboard or snowshoes secure vertically
  • Detachable helmet holder for easy access, when you need it
  • Detachable mesh pocket offers additional storage for frequently accessed or wet and snowy gear
  • Detachable carrying loops secure all your alpine tools, when you need them
  • Hydrobag-compatible so you can use your system and stay quenched
  • Two vertical front pockets with water-resistant zippers
  • 19.3-inch maximum (size S) back length; 18.1-inch minimum (size L) back length
  • Base unit and cover attached securely with YKK zipper and stabilizing straps
  • 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 18 can only be shipped via ground methods in the lower 48 states

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I get that the pack is one size fits all,...

I get that the pack is one size fits all, but shouldn't the frame be small or large?

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Sorry about the confusion. The ABS Avalanche Rescue Devices Vario 18 Ultralight Pack comes in two sizes the 19.3-inch maximum (size S) back length, and the 18.1-inch minimum (size L) back length. The model we still hae in stock is the large version.