ABS Vario Base Unit - Large

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ABS - Vario Base Unit - Large
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The ABS Vario Large Base Unit is the best solution for the snow sport enthusiast who frequents slide prone areas and wants the flexibility of being able to move the airbag "guts" between various size packs. The base unit consists of the integrated ABS TwinBag system, which can then be connected to any zip-on bag with a volume between 8 and 55 L, making the Vario incredibly versatile. Note that in ABS terminology, "Airbag Inside" or " ABS Inside" indicates a fixed airbag system that cannot be moved; this Large Base Unit is compatible only with the growing number of Vario packs made by ABS and other manufacturers.

Product Details


Torso LengthLonger than 46 cm / 18.1"


ABS® TwinBag system with 170 L buoyancy volume


Pocket on hip belt


Cover IncludedEvery Vario Base Unit is delivered with a cover which provides space for avalanche emergency equipment.

Packing TypeZipper all around

Adjustable activation handle height

Also available for left-handed users

Ergonomic hip belt with pocket

Leg strap and adjustable chest strap

Ergonomic shoulder straps

The Vario Base Unit can be combined with all Vario and Ultralight Zip-ons with a volume between 8 and 55 L, pack bag is not included.

Water-repellent and cushioned backplate

Travelling with Airbag PacksAt this time, flying with charged (filled) cartridges or activation handles is prohibited from North American airports. You should be prepared to demonstrate that both your cylinder and handle are empty / have been discharged. Contact your airline for further information.

WarningWearing an airbag backpack is no guarantee of survival in an avalanche. Backcountry travelers are highly advised to educate themselves in snow stability assessment, route finding, and companion rescue and carry all of the conventional avalanche gear in addition to the airbag.


Used Activation UnitsSpent activation units may only be refilled by ABS®; after deployment you should return the empty canister and trigger handle to an authorized dealer or ABS® where you will receive a credit toward the purchase of a full cartridge.


  • Ski Carry: No
  • Snowboard Carry: No
  • Hydration Compatible: No
  • Hydration System Included: No



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  • Convenient
  • Dependable
  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Lightweight
  • Stylish
  • Tough


  • Uses Nitrogen

Best Uses

  • Backcountry
  • Icy Conditions
  • Powder
  • Side Country
  • Slushy Conditions
  • White Out Conditions

Comments about ABS Vario Base Unit - Large:

I work in Haines, AK, as an apprentice heli-guide and I trust this ABS system with my life. It is light, practical/functional, and the how the floats are deployed (and where they are inflated) has shown to give you the best possibility of surviving an avalanche. The Vario base unit pairs well with the Dakine 40L bag attachment, and there are enough tie downs to easily and securely fit the pack to your body with little to no sway. A great feature is the leg loop that secures you to the pack so during an avalanche the immense forces from the snow don't separate you from your floats. Though the system uses a nitrogen canister (instead of O2), the time between activation to inflation is within seconds and remains completely inflated and robust enough to stand up to avalanches. I recommend getting two canisters due to the difficulty of finding dealers that fill bottles with nitrogen.

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