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Protect yourself before you wreck yourself with the help of the Ortovox Free Rider 26 Plus Pack. This ingenuous pack has a built-in back protector for added security when you slay dicey terrain. It also has a sweet safety fixation system that stashes your avy gear, multiple loops, straps, and hooks to securely hold your touring poles or ice axes, and plenty of room for all the spare gear you'll need for a full-day tour.

  • Back length: 44-52cm (17-20in)
  • Recommended height: 175-195cm (69-77in)
  • A five-layer TUV-certified back protector with the Free Ride's neoprene waist-belt gives you a little extra security when you enter a no-fall zone or back-slap a hard landing
  • Ski/snowboard straps securely hold your skis or snowboard when you bootpack up a steep couloir
  • Main compartment includes gear loops that securely hold your probe and shovel handle, elastic straps for your shovel blade, and a net pocket for your small essentials
  • Small upper plastic hooks and lower loops allow you to attach your ice axes or poles with ease
  • A helmet fixation system allows you to stash your helmet on your pack when you're skinning
  • Insulated accommodation for your hydration system with ports and sleeves
  • Water-resistant zips keep moisture out
  • An integrated alarm whistle comes in super handy when your voice just isn't loud enough
  • Polygiene technology throughout helps combat odor-causing bacteria
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Love the hip belt

    I really love the hip belts on all of the smaller Ortovox packs as they are super comfortable when touring. The volume on this is great for a day of hitting up the sidecountry or fairly mellow tour. It is definitely too small if you are looking for a pack that would work for an all day tour. The design on it is great as your essential gear (probe and shovel) go in the outer pocket for easy access, while the back panel also zips open for easy skin stashing when you get to the top. My only issue with the pack is that it does not have a horizontal snowboard carry. I am a splitboarder and if you want to bootpack up a ridge to avoid re-splitting your board, the only option you are left with is a vertical carry which is horrible for bootpacking.

    Very well made and useful bag.

      I've tried all 3 bags, Freerider 18, 24, and 26

      I'm 6.2 therefore 24 was too short.

      18 did not have a lot of space - one I put a hydration reservoir, there was not too much space left.

      26 fits right and has enough space to keep hydration reservoir, extra fleece jacket, tools, and goggles.
      Nice feature to carry the helmet on outside with the net.

      The pack is also very slim when empty. So if you need just a back protection, you don't need to worry about falling off the lift chair.

      Straps work well to keep snowboard when hiking. However the pack's belt have not been designed for weight distribution, rather to keep pack tight while riding.

      One feature I would add is insulated sleeve for hydration reservoir delivery tube. Come on... it's a winter pack .. what was they thinking?

      Overall it's a great bag, minus one star for missing insulated sleeve.