Launched in 1984 by the forest technical clothing brand Francital, it was created when the eldest son wanted to develop a specific clothing range for mountains and hiking. Supported in particular by Patrice Dheu, this collection experienced a breath of fresh air in the early 2000s when they chose the new name, Vertical. Renowned for its innovation and research, the brand quickly gained approval by mountain specialists and Vertical became an entity in its own right.
The 10th August, 2006 symbolizes a turning point in the brand's history. On this day, the mountain world lost a pioneer in mountaineering clothing and Verticals founder; Patrice Dheu died tragically by doing what he loved: mountain sports. The Béal group (n°1 in rock climbing ropes) then took over the company, assuming an interim period of 4 years before Raidlight presented their interest in the Vertical brand, with which it had always been close. When Benoît Laval created Raidlight in 1999, he was supported by Patrice Dheu who then manufactured the first Raidlight clothing, before the outdoor company became more independent.
Having the possibility of acquiring the Vertical company, Raidlight sees a real opportunity to assert itself further in the mountain equipment market, by anticipating the benefits of bringing together the expertise of the two specialists. Since 2010, the two companies have been combining their resources to meet consumer needs more effectively.
Today based in Saint Pierre de Chartreuse France, Vertical is a leading brand in mountaineering equipment and the recent acquisition (2016) of Raidlight-Vertical by the Rossignol Group provides more financial guarantees and product resources, whilst maintaining the quality and expertise for which the company has always been renowned.
Thanks to their many years of experience working with mountain professionals, Raidlight and Vertical have developed the system that allows you to perfectly resist the bad weather. Indeed, the MP+ Membrane material benefits from characteristics of being water-repellent, waterproof, windproof and highly breathable for exceptional efficiency.
Mountaineers, this is the backpack for you! The X-OS system is revolutionary in its design for intense mountain sports thanks to its revolutionary carrying system
You can use the X-OS backpack in Winter or Summer. It is designed for mountaineering, skiing, and hiking.
The back system is available in 2 sizes and is highly adjustable to tailor fit perfectly. The support structure combines aluminium for its flexibility and carbon for its lightness. The X-shaped system distributes the load of the pack onto the iliac crest (hips) releasing pressure on the shoulders. This gives better breathability for your back and reduces heat build up. Giving a sensation of lightness and stability during your trips will allow you rediscover the pleasure of walking and being able to enjoy the scenery.
The bag offers great comfort. It has enough room for you to carry ropes, ice axe, and poles and other equipment suited to your activity.