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PRODUCT SPECS
Airbag Type Double
Airbag Volume 85L Per Bag
Inflation Nitrogen
Trigger Explosive
Canister Included
Canister Refill/Exchange Cost ~ $50L
Volume ~4l
Weight 5lb

ABS Vario Base Unit Silver Edition

REG PRICE
$930.00

SALE PRICE
$879.99


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Because the ABS Vario ships with a full nitrogen canister, a $30 hazmat fee will be added to your order. Must be shipped via ground service ONLY. (Please allow 1-2 additional days for processing)



A bag that packs an “explosive” punch

Unlike other airbag systems Bent Gate offers, the ABS uses nitrogen instead of compressed air, argon, or carbon dioxide. It also ships with a full canister of nitrogen so you’re ready to ride without making any additional purchases.

Some other bags take 3 to 5 seconds to inflate. The ABS inflates nearly instantly. It uses an explosive primer to activate the system and inflate the bag. Plus, with an explosive primer you can disarm the entire system by removing the trigger; this is a huge benefit if you plan to bring your pack along for any heli-drops.

Are two airbags better than one?

ABS seems to think so. The position of the airbags will keep an avalanche victim parallel to the surface of the snow, high above debris with a clear field of vision. The two airbags on the ABS unit have a capacity of 170 liters combined. Plus twin airbags give you a fighting chance if one of the bags rips and deflates in a slide. Redundancy is a good thing when it comes to your safety in the backcountry.

Pack options

One of the coolest things about the ABS Vario is that you can switch backpack bodies as quickly as you can unfasten and refasten a zipper. The ABS unit is designed to be used with zip-on packs from a variety of manufacturers including Osprey, Salomon, and ABS.

Although you can make the pack bigger with a zip-on from ABS or a third party manufacturer, the ABS Vario base unit has enough room right out of the box for the basics; avy gear, snacks, and layers.

System consumables

You’ll have to replace the trigger and fill the nitrogen canister after every use. A spare activation unit runs $180 from ABS and includes a left or right side trigger and a new nitrogen canister.

ABS canisters must be shipped to Canada for to be refilled after it’s used. Refills run $50 and include a new left or right side trigger.

ABS Vario Base Unit Silver Edition

This is the “base unit” you need in order to take advantage of the versatility ABS has built into their airbag system. Once you have this in your quiver, you’ll be able to easily zip on and zip off packs of various sizes, depending on how long you're planning to stay out.

The Vario Base Unit works best when combined with a zip on pack specifically designed to work with the system, like the ABS 15L, ABS 8L Ultralight, or the Osprey Kode. However, the Vario Base Unit is ready to go right off the rack with the stock cover.

Still have questions? Call the shop toll free and ask away. (877) 236-8428

Features

  • ABS TwinBag system with buoyancy volume of 170 liters increases your odds of staying right side up and close to the surface during a slide.

  • A large, height adjustable activation handle ensures ease-of-access if the worst happens.

  • Zip-on cover comes stock, which means no additional purchase is necessary unless you need more storage space.

  • Light, elastic neoprene hip strap helps you achieve a perfect fit. Also helps keep you comfortable when carrying a full pack.

  • Ergonomic, adjustable chest and shoulder straps keep the pack stable on your torso when skinning up the slope.

  • Integrated leg strap ensures the pack stays put during a slide.

  • Water-repellent, padded back section keeps you comfortable.

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