Ortovox Free Rider 20 S Avabag Kit

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Quick overview

Ortovox extremely light avalanche airbag system, and a new TÜV-certified protector that adapts to the body and remains flexible even in the cold, make the Free Rider 20 S AVABAG the ultimate freeride backpack! The “S” in the name stands for short. All of our S-backpacks are primarily characterized by their significantly shorter back system, which makes them excellent for women, but also for men with short backs.


What’s more, the hip and shoulder straps are also adapted to the female anatomy. In terms of features, nothing beats this avalanche backpack: the diagonal ski attachment guarantees quick and secure ski fastening, a separate security compartment ensures quick access to emergency equipment, the attached helmet net is fixed in a zipped compartment and, thanks to the broad hip belt, the airbag backpack sits perfectly. In addition, an AVABAG UNIT can be easily and quickly installed into our FREERIDER 20 S AVABAG. The system weighs only 690 grams*. With the AVABAG avalanche airbag system, activation training can be practiced again and again without a cartridge attached. After all, in the case of an emergency, every move has to be just right! If conditions allow, you can also remove the airbag system, giving you an extra usable volume.


  • Weight: 2340 gram
    • Free Rider 20 S: 1340 g
    • Avabag: 690 g
    • Cartridge: 310 g (Not included)


  • TÜV-certified
  • SPS Flex Back Protector
  • TÜV-certified protector made from visco-elastic foam that adaps to the body and remains flexible even in the cold
  • Buckle
  • Locking clasp provides the highest possible safety and ease of use
  • Chest strap
  • Height adjustable
  • Signal whistle
  • Safety leg strap
  • For the highest possible safety in the event of an avalanche
  • Snowboard and snowshoe attachment
  • Optimized, complete transport aid
  • Bright Inside
  • Light colors inside make it easier to find your equipment.
  • Separate safety compartment
  • Quick access to emergency equipment
  • Wide Hip belt
  • Wide and elastic, for an optimal body-hugging fit, even when in motion
  • Hip pocket
  • Access to main compartmenton top
  • D-Skifix
  • A fast and safe diagonal ski fastener that offers plenty of wear comfort.
  • Hydration system compatible
  • Loop for drinking tube on the shoulder strap.
  • Water-resistant
  • PU-coated material
  • Water-resistant zippers
  • Illustration of alpine emergency signals
  • Print shows you signals for emergencies
  • Ice axe and hiking pole fastening With loops
  • Helmet net
  • Fixed in a zipped compartment; optimized fastening.


The advantages of the AVABAG system at a glance:

  • The lightest and smallest airbag system in the world
  • Activation training without cartridge
  • Handle design optimized for activation: the handle can be gripped with any type of glove, and is suitable for both left and right-handed users
  • Removable and compatible with all Ortovox Avabag backpacks
  • No electronics

Only 1.8L (1800 cm3)
The integrated Avabag avalanche airbag system is relatively small and lightweight.


Smallest airbag compartment
The smallest avalanche motor compartment in the world. The activation unit sits inside the Venturi, creating a completely closed and robust system which functions without electricity.


The innovative welding technology used to make the airbag ensures the smallest pack size at the same time as I'm improving its resistance to tearing and leaks.


The Avabag unit is quick and easy to upgrade and is compatible with all ortovox avabag backpacks.


Avabag. Fully release-optimized thanks to ergonomic grip.


Ergonomic form in 360° design with a non-slip surface enables easiest release with all types of gloves and release grips for both left and right-handed users.


Two length positions guarantee individual adjustability. What's more, the front-facing grip improves ease of access, even in the case of awkward falls.



On the lift the grip can be stored in the zipped compartment on the shoulder strap without compromising comfort.



Burial Despite Airbag
Together with his team of experts, the Canadian avalanche researcher Pascal Haegeli analyzed 106 avalanche accidents that occurred with airbag users. The result was frightening - one in eight avalanche backpack users (12%) did not manage to activate the system during an avalanche. Regular training and our release-optimized grip can help to reduce this number in the future. Releases can be practiced as often as required without an installed cartridge to ensure that the wearer is able to react appropriately in a real situation. The AVABAG system can then be re-activated by using the pre-tension tool.