Minimalist backcountry explorer.
Ideal for through-the-gates missions at the resort and light-and-fast backcountry tours, the Ortovox Women's Cross Rider 18 Backpack is specifically tailored to the shape and needs of female skiers and snowboarders. Slightly smaller and lighter than the men's Cross Rider, and with straps contoured to fit ladies comfortably, this low-profile pack carries all the safety tools, water, snacks, and other accessories you need for trips into the backcountry, all without weighing you down or making you feel like a pack mule.
Because "safety first" is a very real attitude in the backcountry, Ortovox included a separate compartment for avalanche rescue gear so you can quickly access it in the event of an emergency. A stowable net holds your helmet while you skin or hike so your head doesn't get drenched with sweat on the way up. Ski and snowboard carry straps hold your shred sticks during steep stretches of hiking, while trekking pole loops hold your poles on the way down. Front and back panel access lets you quickly reach water, snacks, and extra layers, and there's also room for a hydration reservoir (not included) when you want to make things extra convenient.
- Compact skiing and snowboarding pack
- Ski and snowboard carry options
- Separate safety tool compartment
- Stowable helmet net holds brain bucket
- Compression strap manages load
- Ice axe and ski/hike pole loops
- Hydration system compatible (not included)
- Hip belt and sternum strap with emergency whistle
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- Q & A
Perfect for dawn patrol & inbounds hikes
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The small, streamlined design of this pack is perfect for quick morning laps before work, and is great for in-bounds hiking (like at Bridger Bowl, my home resort). The diagonal ski carry is quick and easy, and there's also an option for A-frame for more stability. It's the perfect size to carry my avy gear, an extra layer, snacks and a water bottle. One of my favorite features is that all the straps tuck away into the pack (or can be coiled up with velcro), limiting the chances it'll get caught on the chairlift. If I had to change one thing, I'd shorten the waist-belt straps, as they are pretty long, but now I'm just getting nit picky...