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Take your backcountry precautions to the next level.

While the allure of untracked snow is powerful, an encounter with a backcountry avalanche could be devastating. Improve your odds of surviving a slide with the ABS Avalanche Rescue Devices Vario 30 Backpack. The 30-liter pack has ample room for your backcountry gear and zips onto a base unit that houses the canister and dual airbags, which can be quickly deployed in the event of a slide. The airbags provide flotation to keep you on top of the snow and improve your visibility for a quick rescue.

  • 30-liter backpack 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
  • 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

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does all covers fit with the backpack,...

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does all covers fit with the backpack, even the present model line?

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Hi Robin,

I'm not quite sure I understand what you're asking, but if you put a cover on this backpack, it won't deploy properly.

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I mean is it possible to use a zip-up bag in another color on the base unit or is the base unit also blue and grey?

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Oh okay, thanks for the clarification. Yes, the base unit and the zip-on are configurable in a variety of colors and can be ordered as separate pieces. Unfortunately, at Backcountry, it appears to just be available in the blue and grey right now.

Here's the link to ABS's configuration page:

Hope this helps.