The Easyrig Vario 5 with Gimbal Rig Vest and STABIL Stabilizer is a body-worn camera stabilization system that is adjustable to support camera rigs weighing 11 to 55 lb. The system consists of the Gimbal Rig vest, a Vario 5 standard support bar, and the STABIL stabilization support arm.
The system works by using a suspension line to support the weight of the gimbal rig, taking the load off your shoulder, neck, and arm muscles and distributing it across your torso. The tension line is adjustable by turning a screw in the back, letting you dial in the appropriate amount of tension for your rig. The STABIL arm comes with a tension spring on the camera connection to smooth the motion in your footage.
As the name suggests, the Gimbal Rig vest is optimized for use with motorized gimbal stabilizers, providing increased lower back support that allows you to carry weights further away from your body. A carrying bag is also included to store and transport the system.
The Easyrig STABIL Arm (included) is incorporated into the Easyrig system to make the weight distribution as even and ergonomic as possible. The Easyrig STABIL can be mounted to both the Vario 5 and Cinema 3 (sold separately). It features a standalone payload capacity of 11-55 lb (5-25 kg). With the Gimbalrig vest and the Vario 5 system, STABIL weighs 17.6 lb (8 kg), with a maximum camera payload of 11-38 lb (5-17 kg).
Shooting from the Hip
The Easyrig Vario 5 offers freedom to shoot at varied height levels ranging from the shoulder to the waist, simply by moving the camera down from your shoulder. With the Vario 5 you should feel only a fraction of the camera’s weight.
The manufacturer recommends when shooting from hip level you should lean slightly backwards while pushing the camera forward. This minimizes the load on your back. Due to the extended length of the suspension line, you can position your camera as car forward as your arms can reach.