Ortovox protects. This guiding principle was also the central focus during the development of the Free Rider: The downhill backpack for freeriders has an SPS Flex back protector, which combines the back system and protector into a flexible unit. Built from eight pads that remain comfortably flexible even in the cold, the TÜV-certified protector adapts to the body and absorbs impact. Ortovox uses SAS-TEC protective foam. After outward applications of force, this viscoelastic foam quickly returns to its original shape. In contrast to other cushioning materials, it is can also withstand multiple impacts (impacts do not destroy the protectors) and is even responsive to small applications of force. Cushioning occurs in a near-linear fashion, which keeps stress on the human body low.
In addition to the optimized back protector, the Free Rider 22 S has been given some new and optimized features: in addition to the diagonal ski and the snowboard fastenings, the Free Rider model has a side ski attachment. A fully-integrated helmet net, hydration system compatibility and a wide hip belt for an optimal close fit are standard features of the series, as are the ice axe and hiking pole fastening and safety compartment. The small upper storage compartment can be used to pack away small items or a light jacket. But this does not mean added weight – on the contrary: The Free Rider 22 S has been made significantly lighter.
As with all Ortovox backpacks, the Free Rider Series includes an emergency card: In the case of an emergency, the card provides information about the injured person and therefore allows for faster and more efficient treatment.
Those who get away from the masses and head to the mountains need protection. But only gear that fits properly can protect the body perfectly. That’s the reason why the Free Rider line comes in different sizes. Short(S) is perfect for a back length of 36 – 44cm and a height of approx. 150 – 175cm. The wide wraparound hip strap ensures the protector fits perfectly – especially when it matters most.
Ortovox came to life with the invention of the first double frequency transceiver to aid in avalanche victim searches. With their passion for keeping skiers and snowboarders safe, Ortovox has grown into one of the biggest producers of avalanche safety gear on the market. In 1995 they added merino underwear to their selection, and we have been hooked ever since!