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ABS Vario 15SB Snowmobiler's Avalanche Airbag System
The ABS® Vario-Lineis a patented best-practice solution for the individual needs of free riders, ski tourers and mountain guides. The two-part system consists of the ABS® Base Unit with the integrated ABS® TwinBag System and the zip-ons in various sizes. Whatever you plan to do, whether a short, one-day or multiday tour, you will always be reliably equipped with the right rucksack system.
Vario BASE Unit with 15SB Zip-On Backpack
- Weight:3.2 kg (7.05 lb) without cartridge
- Pack Volume:50 litres (3051 cu in)
- Backpack Color:Black/Blue or Black/White
- 50 liter Zip-On day pack with an all-around zipper.
- Outer storage compartment for shovel and probe for easy access.
- Big opening to main compartment
- Secure storage of money, keys and mobile phone
- Perfect integration of hydration systems.
About the Vario BASE Unit
The Vario Base Unit houses the complete ABS®-TwinBag-System. The Vario Base Unit is a custom product of top quality. It is TÜV examined, designed for the high demands of an avalanche and with functionality in mind.
About the ABS TwinBags
Avoiding being buried themselves is the top priority of avalanche experts. ABS® TwinBags boost lift potential drastically and create a dynamically shaped lift surface. In the crucial avalanche end area, lift is thus significantly higher than that of monobags. The two separate air chambers mean double safety, retain freedom of movement and lead to unrivalled life-saving dynamic lift. After all, only someone who is not buried himself can help his colleagues. Out of 262 people with an inflated ABS® avalanche airbag, 97% have survived, 84% of them without injury.*
*Source: SLF, documented avalanche accidents with ABS airbag, August 2010
| ||Take Charge Avalanche DVD |
Learn how to organize and execute a fast avalanche rescue. Take Charge is an instructional video that demonstrates how to perform a step-by-step avalanche rescue. Focuses on beacon, probe, shovel, and leadership skills (18 minutes).
Extend your Warranty from 2 to 4 years!
The ABS Extended Warranty requires you to preform a system "Test" within 30 days of purchase. A $40 initial charge is required in order for us to send you a"Test" Canister with your ABS pack. Upon completion of the test, the canister and warranty card registration information are to be sent to ABS.
Once received, ABS will activate your extended warranty to 4 years and the $40 test canister charge will be refunded to you. So, with just a little effort, you can increase your warranty by 2 years and at no final additional cost. Plus, you get the experience of inflating the pack by performing this test.
Is There a HazMat Fee?
The ABS canister and trigger are required to be classified as HazMat (Hazardous Materials) items. Due to this requirement, a HazMat fee will be charged based upon your shipping location.
How Do I Replace/Refill an Empty Canister?
Refill / Replacement Canister & Trigger is available for $40.00 plus shipping and handling. Please contact First Place Parts on sending in your empty canister and trigger for more information.
Why ABS Packs are so important!
ABS packs are specifically designed to help prevent you from being buried in an avalanche. The operation of the system is based on nature. Each avalanche consists of individual snow crystals. If these crystals begin to move, e.g. in a flow avalanche, they begin to separate, with the smaller crystals of snow creeping beneath the larger crystals and forcing them upward. This process is repeated again and again as long as the avalanche is moving. As the avalanche slows down and comes to a standstill, the buoyancy force drops, ultimately approaching zero. It is the avalanche itself that repeatedly forces you upward. But due to your body’s greater density, you will not remain at the surface and will sink back down repeatedly, burying you as the avalanche tapers out.
With the ABS avalanche airbag, you have 170 liters (6.0 cu ft) of additional volume within seconds that can prevent you from dropping back into the flowing masses of snow and/or can reduce the depth of burial. This separation process in which items having a larger volume float to the top is called the "Inverse Particles Principle". Cold dry powder snow has a very low density but a large volume. A person on the other hand has a high density but less volume. In order to be able to float on the snow's surface and to avoid sinking, a person needs an additional volume of approximately 1.5 times of the persons total weight, which the ABS Avalanche Pack System provides.
98% Survival Rate
The statistics show that 98% of victims carried down by a moving avalanche (that deployed their ABS Backpack) stayed on top and survived the incident. The ABS has proven its worth in many tests. An increasing number of avalanche victims owe their lives to the use of the ABS Avalanche Pack System. ONLY 34% OF THOSE BURIED WITHOUT A PACK SURVIVE WHILE 98% OF THOSE WEARING AN AVALANCHE PACK SURVIVE!
When using the ABS System the following things have to be kept in mind:
- The ABS System does not prevent avalanches.
- Every avalanche implies absolute danger to one's life, whether you are equipped with the ABS System or not.
- Under no circumstances should the ABS System increase your readiness to take risks.
- The effectiveness of the ABS System is limited to the prevention of burial by the avalanche. There may be circumstances under which this might not be possible or possible only to a limited extent.
- The ABS System has to be released by the user himself. The system test is, as the name suggests, vital in guaranteeing that the user reacts sensibly in an emergency.