ABS Canister Refill
This product is for a refill only and can be done by sending your empty canister and Trigger to us.
The Canister contains only non-hazardous, non-flammable gases found in the atmosphere. Internal pressure 300 bar (Steel cartridge 340 bar). The cartridge must only be pierced inside the puncture unit of the ABS-system. Handling the closure of the cartridge can cause an explosion. Serious risk of injury and death, even for bystanders! The cartridge is designed for temperatures of between -40 °C to +50 °C.
We would ask that when sending your canister for a refill that you also include the Trigger (Activation handle) that came with your canister.
We will refill it for you and send it back
Upgrade your Empty Steel Canister to Carbon
Once we have received your empty steel canister we will send you a brand new carbon replacement!
Extremely light cartridge made of carbon fibre makes this around 50% lighter than its Aluminium predecessor.
The ABS Carbon Cartridge provides the same high speed gas release system and safety assurance as the steel canister but with half the weight, giving you increased comfort while skiing or snowboarding over longer periods of time. The special carbon coating ensures durability even in the most extreme conditions.
The canister is capable of inflating the 150 litre volume ABS Airbag in under 3 seconds and is an integral component of a system designed to keep the skier from being completely submerged in the event of an avalanche. The ABS system has already saved 70 lives and more off the record. It is essential safety equipment for alpine pursuits on or off piste.
The activation handle holds an explosive capsule and, when the handle is triggered, the energy of the capsule activates the cartridge. The capsule can only be used once, but the handle is refillable.
Carbon is the 15th most abundant element found in the earth's crust and is used on the surface of modern racing skis and as a hybrid element in ski waxes supporting the world cup and elite North American racing scenes.
Electro-thermal purification technology is applied to carbon materials at 3,000C creating a crystalline structure with exceptional purity. In effect, it is stronger, lighter, more durable, efficient and resilient.
For details about flying with a pressurised canister please see this link: http://abs-airbag.de/en/service/abs-in-planes/ from ABS explaining how this is possible
Royal Mail dispose of canisters due to them being hazardous goods, We are not liable for the loss of your canister, Please send via UKmail
We Recommend when sending canisters back to us that you use UKmail. These are a very trusted Courier service that will allow you to send your canisters. Please find your local depot Here
Please send to the below address:
5 Chapel Mews
ABS STEEL CARTRIDGE Features
ABS CARBON CARTRIDGE Features
ABS Airbag Activation :
When wearing your ABS Vario Base Unit make sure all straps are securely fastened, The Activation handle should always be adjusted to the correct height.
Please see video of Inflation and Deflation on the right hand side.
Base Unit :
All ABS Vario Base Units are adapted to the huge impact of an avalanche. The carrying system, which comprises the hip strap, chest strap and leg strap, meets the TÜV criteria for use under extreme conditions (PPE Directive 89/686/EEC).
8L Zip on Pack :
Zip-on (Interior) :
Zip-on (Exterior) :
45+L Zip on Pack :
Zip-on (Interior) :
Zip-on (Exterior) :
2 ABS steel canisters are supplied with this unit.
There is an additional canister option of having 1 x Steel + 1 x Carbon for an extra £95.00
Size Guide :
To ensure a perfect fit, the ABS Vario Base Unit is available in two back lengths:
ABS Vario Base Unit Features :
ABS Vario 45+5L Zip on Backpack Features :
The 10 ABS Survival Principles
What are the main differences between the ABS Powder Base Unit and Vario Base Unit?
ABS Vario Base Unit + 45 + 5L Zip-on + 2 Steel Canisters