Let’s face it. Not every backcountry enthusiast is looking to get up before dawn, trek sixteen miles to a dicey chute, and do it all again for a second lap before dark. Which means some of us don’t need to lug three meals, four changes of clothes, and a HAM radio on our backs -- Sometimes a slimline, ultralight touring backpack is good enough.
Good enough, that is, so long as it gets the basic features right and keeps safety and utility paramount. The Ortovox Cross Rider pack checks every one of these boxes. It’s slight, it’s ultralight at barely 1.5 pounds unloaded, it zips from the rear to allow easy access to packed-away gear, and it’s designed to accommodate all your safety gear, hydration systems, crampons, poles, and ice axes. Ortovox made the Cross Rider to serve the needs of enthusiasts without the extra space, extra weight, and deluxe technical features they throw at hardcore mountaineers.
- 6 compartments
- Rear access zipper -- No more digging for gear!
- Integrated helmet holder
- Size: 20 Liters
- Weight: 800g (1lb 12oz)
- Special, separate safety equipment compartment
- Integrated signalling whistle on chest strap
- Pocket and channel for hydration systems
- Attachment points for poles, rope, ice axe, or snowshoes