The Ortovox Cross Rider 20 is efficient, has a practical design and places great emphasis on low weight (860g), avalanche essentials plus extras. For such a small bag it exceeds expectations in features and functionality and is still made with the toughest materials.
Backpack inside (interior):
Immediate access to a Safety Compartment inside the backpack ensures emergency equipment is easy to both stores and reach.
Top Compartment offers space to store valuable smaller items without them getting crushed, whilst the Main Compartment Is Accessible From The Front And Back.
The 20 Litre pack offers room to store an extra layer, spare gloves, water and any small avy tools you have.
Indicated Pockets for your shovel and probe, This allows quick access in case of an emergency.
The Cross Rider 20 is equipped with a Hydration System Compartment.
Backpack outside (exterior):
Shovel and Probe can also be strapped on the outside of the pack allowing more space inside and quick access in emergency situations
You can fit a Helmet Net to the front of your pack.
Pick Loops allow you to attach ice axe or hiking pole.
The fastenings A-Skifix and D-Skifix allow you to strap your skis on either way and there is also the facility to attach a snowboard. So skinning up the slopes off-piste is always an option here.
BCA DTS Tracker
The durable and reliable BCA DTS Tracker is the most user-friendly beacon on the market. In 1997, the Tracker DTS revolutionised the transceiver market by introducing a Digital, Dual Antennae Technology. Since then, it has become the world's best-selling transceiver as well as the world’s most widely used transceiver.
The BCA Tracker has a very simple search interface with LED distance readout and five LED direction indicators, along with a button for a special mode which narrows the search angle.
Intuitive blinking lights indicate the direction and the DTS senses changes in direction quickly. If you go off-course by a few degrees, the lights promptly indicate the new direction.
The Tracker DTS has a special mode button that narrows the reception “arc” to 70° in front and behind you. The concept is that after locating the first transceiver you can press the “special mode” button to narrow the arc and only search for signals in front and behind the transceiver.
Although the BCA DTS Tracker is very simple the special mode definitely requires practice. Your time will be better spent mastering the generic multiple burial search techniques rather than learning how to use the conceptually special mode.
Once a signal is detected, five bright LEDs indicate in what direction to move, and how far away, in meters, along with a curved flux line you are.
The Tracker will beep in time with the signal it is receiving (although not in real time due to digital processing delays) when you are more than 15m away. As you get closer the number of deeps per cycle will increase, until, when you are less than two meters away the train of beeps will begin to run together and rise in a pitched sound.
Terrawest Core Light Shovel
Remarkably lightweight, practical and pack friendly, This 3 Piece Terrawest Core Light Shovel is the perfect shovel for all ski tourers and off-piste enthusiasts who want to be lightweight when carving through the snow but still place emphasis on their equipment.
Terrawest Core Light Shovel Composition:
Manufactured with modern production methods and extremely strong but lightweight materials, this shovel only weighs just 475 g. For the blade of the shovel, Terrawest used a high-end heat treated 5052 Aluminium that offers a weight-to-strength ratio and has non slip grooves to stop you from slipping when digging. For the Telescopic Stem, a 6061 Aluminium, this allows you to quickly make adjustments to the shaft and is very pack friendly
The telescopic function also means that the shovel can be used at full length, for maximum power, or at a shorter length for the greatest possible efficiency of movement in tighter spaces.
The blade offers high walls and a pronounced centre on the blade which allows you to carry a high volume of snow.
A classic T-Style grip offers a non-slip plastic material so digging is easier when wearing ski gloves
A Vibrant Blue and Safety Orange allows the shovel to be seen from a distance in the case of an avalanche accident.
Terrawest Core 240 Probe
In an Avalanche Accident time is of the Essence, lightweight, strength and quick locking are what you need in a good snow probe. This is where the Terrawest Core 240 Probe steps in, This compact 240 Centimetre probe is made up of a strong and sturdy Aluminium, making it easy to cut through snow layers.
Prominent depth markers have been used within this probe to determine burial depth and which shovel method you should take.
The Quick locking system allows a quick and simple set up in seconds, Collapse to 40 cm just as quickly.
Large probe tip to help cut through icy layers of snow.
Ortovox Cross Rider 20 Features:
Safety Compartment: Access to the compartment is marked with the red zipper pullers. Probe and Shaft receiver are marked with icons. Fasten the shovel with the sharp edge up, on the front of the backpack.
Chest strap with a signal whistle: Quickly draw attention in emergency situations.
Hip Pocket: Hip Pocket allows you to store small accessories such as mobile phones, keys.
Helmet Net: The helmet net can be found in the foremost compartment. Hook the helmet net hooks onto the small loops near the ice axe fixation and on the slot compartment, these are also indicated by small icons.
Bright Inside: Light Colours inside make it easier to find your avalanche safety equipment.
Hydration system compatible: Push drink bladder of any model into the slot on the carry system interior and secure with strap and flat-front buckle.
Emergency Card: Quick access to emergency details if stuck in an avalanche situation.
Access to the main compartment (Front): Quick access to emergency equipment through the front panel.
Access to main compartment (Back Panel Loader): Quick access to emergency equipment / Accessories through the Back panel Loader.
Safety Equipment attachment: Shovel and probes can be attached to the front of your backpack for quicker access, this will leave more room for spare layers, accessories.
A-Skifix: Classic Side Ski Fastener using the compression straps.
D-Skifix: Push the ski through the large loop hidden in the slot compartment, this is indicated with a small icon. you can then secure the skips with the straps hidden in the left shoulder strap.
Snowboard and Snowshoe Attachment: Open the side flat-front buckles and connect each long strap to the clasp opposite.
Compression Straps: Simple backpack compression with little content. Also Serves as side ski Fastener.
BCA DTS Tracker Features:
Includes free Instructional DVD
Lightweight harness included
Ideal for beginners, easy to use
Real-time digital display
The display shows both direction and distance with bright red LEDs (light emitting diodes)
The distance shown in metres
Indicator lights display the direction of transmitting beacons
simple user interface
Uses three AAA alkaline batteries
Assembled and tested in the USA
Certified to be in compliance with all applicable North American and European norms.
Terrawest Core Light Shovel Features
Material Composition: 5052 Aluminium Blade, 6061 Aluminium Shaft (Ardonized)
Length: 83 / 63 cm
Blade: 28 x 21 cm
Scoop: 2 Litre
Anodized and hardened Aluminium
Made in China
TerraWest The Core Shovel Features
All Aluminium parts
Anodized Aluminium for extra strength
Breaks down to 3 parts for easy storage
Telescopic for 2 options of shovelling lengths
Can be stowed in 2 parts for quick assembly
Lightweight at 580g
Ortovox Cross Rider 20 Package
Ortovox Cross Rider 20 - Front View - Black Raven
Ortovox Cross Rider 20 - Front View - Blue Sea
Ortovox Cross Rider 20 - Front View - Night Blue
Ortovox Cross Rider 20 - Front View - Crazy Orange