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Skiing fresh powder from the night before or hitting that technical line you've been scoping are wonderful experiences, but not ones that are without risk--avalanches are an ever-present danger, difficult to predict and even harder to escape. Like its little brother the 24, the Ortovox Free Rider 26 ABS Backpack and Airbag Kit isn't a substitute for education, experience, and careful decision making, but it does offer proven life-saving technology that can make the difference between being buried and staying on top, in a package that fits users with 16-19-inch torsos. The Free Rider 26 features the Modular Airbag Safety System (M. A. S. S.) that comes with removable twin airbags, one on either side of the pack, with a combined volume of 170L to help you rise to the top of the debris when caught in an avalanche. An adjustable trigger can be set up on the left or right shoulder strap for easy access, and an aluminum safety bracket zips into a compartment on either strap to prevent accidental releases. (The trigger can also be released from the zippered position, but requires a strong, deliberate action.) When deployed, the airbags fill within seconds, working to keep the wearer on the surface on the slide and acting as brightly-colored locators during rescue. If you're wearing the pack in-bounds or otherwise out of danger, the airbags, trigger, and refillable canister are removable, reducing the weight by nearly two pounds. Once you've deployed the airbags, you must replace the Activation Unit, which consists of the trigger, the small internal trigger canister, and the larger airbag-inflating canister (replacement must be done through ABS). The other parts of the system are reusable. Ortovox made the Free Rider more do-it-all handyman than one-trick pony, however. It comes equipped with an SPS Pro removable back protector that you can wear on its own if you feel the need for some body armor, or remove entirely on mellow days to further reduce weight by ten ounce...
The Free Rider 26 ABS Ready Backpack is one of the most versatile avalanche airbag backpacks for backcountry skiing and riding. The versatile Ortovox Free Rider 26 ABS Ready Backpack offers exceptional storage and protection with the removable ABS and back protector, which can be used without the pack. Ortovox places trust in their system partner's 28 years of ABS airbag expertise and its tried and tested twinbag technology. The versatility of the system is both innovative and unique. Just a few motions and only three minutes is all it takes to install the M.A.S.S. unit into any of the five backpack models. If conditions allow, installing the airbag system can be entirely avoided. In such cases the backpacks are up to 1880 grams lighter and gain several liters in additional volume - making them suitable for a broader spectrum of uses. What's more, the adjustment options prove just as versatile as the system itself. The release grip can be installed for either right or left-handed users and ist height and angle can be freely adjusted. A stowable aluminum bracket protects the grip from unintended release. Removable Airbag ready for the M.A.S.S.- Modular Airbag Safety System and the ABS Avalanche Airbag Activation Unit which are sold separately. In addition to its unmistakable silhouette, the highlight here is the new removable SPS PRO2 back protector. It provides TUV-certified safety and can also be used separately with the included attachment straps. Available in three sizes and weighing in at only 300 grams it affords optimal ventilation courtesy of its ventilation holes. The ergonomically designed straps and the wide elastic hip belt with an innovative aluminum locking clasp ensure the protector fits perfectly and thus provides optimum protection. The Ortovox Free Rider 24 provides additional safety and ease of use even when wearing thick gloves. What's more, Ortovox packs rely upon robust aluminum and abrasion-resistant hypalon for their new multi-functional X-SKIFIX ski fastening system. Secured by locking aluminum clasps, the skis can be attached either diagonally or crossed, as can snowboards or snowshoes. An extra safety tool is always a good idea, and an Ortovox ABS Free Rider stores and carries all your gear conveniently and comfortably on your back, so why not? After all, avalanche airbag backpacks are known to save lives. SPS-Pro2 back protector (removable). X-Skifix. Locking Aluminum clasps. TUV-certified. Locking clasp (Hip belt). Safety leg strap. D-Skifix. Right and left-handed options. Big Hip belt. Airbag inside. Goggle case. Helmet net. Release grip (Height and angle are adjustable). Bright inside. Water-resistant zipper. Weight: 3290 g. Dimensions: 27 x 55 x 20 (cm). Back length: 42-49 cm. Body size: 170-195 cm. Material: MATERIAL: Nylon 420D ballshadow + Nylon 840D ballistic + Hypalon. Made in Vietnam. Available Color(s): Blue Ocean, Black Anthracite, Crazy Orange
- Tahoe Mountain Sports
Free Shipping. Ortovox Free Rider 26 ABS Pack FEATURES of the Ortovox Free Rider 26 ABS Pack Airbag inside Release protection Release Trigger Height and angle are adjustable Locking clasp (hip belt) Safety leg strap SPS Pro2 back protector (removable) Separate safety compartment Chest strap with signal whistle X-Skifix (diagonal, crossed or vertically) Locking aluminum clasps Snowboard and snowshoe holder Ice axe and hiking pole loops Helmet net Big Hip belt Access to Main Compartment: Front Camera/phone pocket Goggle case (cushioned and removable) Bright inside Water-resistant zippers Polygiene treated MASS Unit and Activation Unit not included SPECIFICATIONS of the Ortovox Free Rider 26 ABS Pack Weight: 4 lbs 6 oz / 1990 g (without M.A.S.S.-Unit) Weight: 7 lbs 4 oz / 3290 g (incl. M.A.S.S.-Unit) Release Unit Steel Weight: 1 lb 4 oz / 580 g Volume: 1586 cubic inches / 26 liter Back Length: 20in. / 52 cm Torso Length: 16 - 19in. / 42 - 49 cm Waist Circumference: 36 - 53in. / 92 - 135 cm Dimension (W x L x H): 10.5 x 21.5 x 8in. / 27 x 55 x 20 cm Compartments: 9 Wide Ski Fastener (mm): 150 mm Hip Belt Width (middle of abdomen in inches/mm): 4in. / 100 mm
The Ortovox Free Rider 26 ABS backpack combines maximum performance, flawless fit (and style!), and airbag compatibility to keep you comfortable and safe in the backcountry.This product will be shipped directly from Ortovox and will leave their warehouse in 2-3 business days. Eligible for UPS ground shipping only.
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