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If you have an ABS Airbag Vario Base Unit, or an already-assembled Vario Pack, and are looking to up- or down-size your carrying capacity, the Vario 30 Zip-On Cover offers 30L of gear-toting, ABS-airbag-compatible backcountry prowess. You can throw your skis or board into the carry system when the booter replaces the skin track, and pull your ice axe out of the mount to work through those icy patches. Your shovel, probe, and saw travel secure in the special snow tool pocket and your helmet can be strapped in the helmet carry, if it's not already protecting your bucket. The Vario's also hydration-compatible and has an easy-access main compartment with stash pockets for your snacks and less-valuable things like wallets and phones.

  • Compatible with the ABS Vario Base Unit airbag systems and Summer Base Unit.
  • Diagonal ski carry and snowboard carry
  • Shovel/snow tool compartment
  • Ice axe/pole mount
  • Helmet carry system
  • Hydration-compatible
  • Waterproof zippers
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I am looking at the ABS Vario Zip-On Cover, and am wondering what else I need to get to complete the set and be backcountry ready for this upcoming season. I'm guessing I need the base unit, as well as a beacon, probe, and shovel? Is that right? Am I missing anything else?


The absolute necessities are the beacon, probe and shovel.

It is best practice to take an Avy1 class to familiarize /educate yourself.

And for the ABS pack, you'll need a base unit, a zip-on cover (depending on how much extra space you'd like and the activation unit (some come with it, some don't.

Shoot me an email anytime you have questions!

Jared D.

Expert Gearhead