A New, One-Man Brand Might’ve Just Made the Year’s Best Ski Pack

At 1,090 grams (roughly 2 pounds 6.4 ounces), the LF is indeed lightweight for a 40-liter backcountry ski pack. Its capacity expands to 50 liters with a roll-top closure too, and serious weight watchers can remove the back panel insert and aluminum frame to bring it down to 900 grams (just under two pounds). The feat is achieved through the use of superlight, ultra-durable Dyneema fabrics—and Siegel’s obsession (self-proclaimed) over every detail.

Still, the bag is loaded with unique features. There are ski bag standards, like a dedicated pocket for avalanche gear and strap systems for carrying skis or a snowboard uphill, though even these utilize smart design to upgrade the experience, like a cutout in the avy pocket to prevent a shovel blade from taking up excess space. The integrated helmet carry and stowable rolltop are highlights, as is an understated shoulder strap for quickly stashing gloves, though it’s difficult to call out any one element when every detail appears so thoughtfully considered and executed.

Siegel says the LF 40L has already received high interest from guides and pros, and he’s confident that despite the headwinds any new, small gear maker faces, quality design and attention to detail will help Raide find its following.

The Raide LF 40L ($399) is available for preorder now with delivery in November.


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