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MFD Backcountry Ski Backpacks integrate the most effective ski carrying systems, gear storage options and hydration access.


Professional Skier and Mountaineer Chris Davenport and his crew are spending their spring going after technical ski routes on some of the highest and gnarliest peaks in Colorado. Powder Magazine recently covered Davenport's missions into the Centennial Mountains and chose to bring an MFD Freetour 30L Backpack to carry all their gear. Check out the full story and in depth review of the backpack at www.powdermag.com

MFD is a collective group of designers, engineers and athletes that congregate in Little Cottonwood Canyon - the gateway to some of the best outdoor terrain in Utah's famed Wasatch Mountains. We all share a passion for creating ground breaking and functional gear built to improve your outdoor experience.

MFD came onto the scene 2 years ago when we shook up the industry with our award winning backcountry ski binding system, the MFD ALLTIME. The ALLTIME system revolutionized the BC market by allowing skiers to use their trusted downhill bindings seamlessly from resort to backcountry. The ALLTIME received accolades from nearly every major ski industry publication.  We are now poised to do it again with the Freetour Backpack system. 

Lead Industrial Designer, MFD founder, and former professional skier, Jason Prigge has a lifelong passion for the outdoors and he’s constantly searching for ways to improve those products that fuel his passion. For the past 10 years, Jason has been designing backpacks and other products for Oakley, Ogio, Red Bull, Lululemon, and countless others. Using Jason's past experience, we are excited to bring MFD's vision for how backpacks should be designed to life.

MFD FREETOUR HYDRATION SERIES

The Reason For Being

Spending our lives in harsh and demanding environments, constantly putting ourselves in situations where we rely on the products we design, has given us an intimate familiarity with how those products need to perform.

We found substantial issues with every pack we owned and tested. From systemic problems with poor organization for accessing equipment, to ineffective ski carry systems, and issues accessing or delivering hydration. It is imperative that you can fit, find, and store all your safety gear, extra layers, food and hydration. So we focused on finding solutions to these fundamental necessities, we took all we knew and went to work to create the best backcountry packs. 

We laid it all out.  Functions, features and aesthetics. Things that didn't fit or were not needed hit the design room floor. Better carry systems that used less straps. Internal wire suspension on our higher volume packs for increased loads. Even a partnership with ABS to create a backpack in line with the cutting edge of avalanche safety.

Concepts and Inspiration - the What, Where and Why...

What we came up with is a clean simple backpack design with a modular carry system, allowing multiple carry options without excessive straps.  Inspiration for our carry system came from the versatility of climbing harness loops -- by redirecting the webbing direction our packs have two diagonal ski carry options (left or right side), and vertical snowboard carry, all with only 3 main webbing straps.  To top it off, we created stow-away sleeves to hide all the buckles/straps when not in use. Simple and tight gear carry. We won't settle for anything less.

With the external design dialed in, we began prototyping carrying systems to test in the field. Once those proved to be effective, we sized it out, and added all the internal organization compartments and external features we needed to bring the entire system to the next level.  

Time to Get Hands On... Prototyping and Testing

We've been lucky enough to develop a strong relationship with one of the best backpack manufacturers in the world.  Jason has worked with them for the past 8 years and we completely trust their ability to bring our vision to life while providing the level of quality we demand of a product that we count on with our lives.

After extensive rounds of prototypes, countless hours of testing, and a full spectrum of use and abuse from our athletes and friends in the field, we finished off development and brought the line to the production ready stage you see today. 

Introducing the Freetour Hydration Series

Freetour 15L - The All Mountain Charger

15L Features and Specs

  • 30l/1900cuin capacity
  • 4 total zippered compartments
  • Designated Left or Right Diagonal ski carry
  • Weight: 1380g (3lbs)

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Freetour 30L - All Day Backcountry Approved

30L Features and Specs

  • 30l/1900cuin capacity
  • Internal wire frame suspension
  • Compression molded backpanel with zippered compartment
  • Designated Left or Right Diagonal ski carry
  • A-Frame vertical side ski carry
  • 6 total YKK zippered compartments
  • Weight: 1880g (4lbs)

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*All New for Kickstarter Campaign*

Freetour ABS Compatible 20L

Left side: MFD Base Unit shown. It zips-off to allow attachment to Right Side ABS Vario Base Unit (sold seperately)
Left side: MFD Base Unit shown. It zips-off to allow attachment to Right Side ABS Vario Base Unit (sold seperately)
ABS System Components (ABS Vario Base Unit Sold Separately)
ABS System Components (ABS Vario Base Unit Sold Separately)

20L ABS Compatible Features and Specs

  • Compatible with ABS Avalanche Vario base unit (Sold Separately)
  • MFD Hydrapak® SF350 Backcountry Collapsible Bottle included in shoulder strap pocket! 
  • 20L/1000cuin capacity 
  • Weight: 1400g/3lbs with MFD base unit; 3175g/7.4 lbs with ABS

Additional Features / Specs (on all styles)

  • DWR (water repellant) Recycled content fabric 
  • SF350ml bottle included inside shoulder strap 
  • Custom plastic loop positionable straps 3 strap snowboard carry Fleece lined goggle pocket 
  • Zippered tool pocket on waist strap 
  • Radio storage pocket on shoulder strap 
  • Ice axe storage (mountain or technical) 
  • Glove accessible plastic loop puller 
  • Stowaway sleeves for front straps 
  • Sternum strap whistle buckle

MFD Recycled Fabric Technology

We realize that making products may not be the most green endeavor out there, but we've chosen to do our part to substantially reduce the impact. 

It's a known fact that discarded plastic bottles are a major problem in the world today. But what might not be known is the fabric used on your favorite backpack is likely derived from oil. It's not the only option. 

We are proud to announce that each MFD backpack is made from Recycled PET Ripstop fabric (repurposed from plastic water bottles).  The fabric is just as strong and durable. Help us make a impact with each backpack we create. Each MFD pack recycles up to 40 plastic water bottles into making the main ripstop fabric! Reuse, Reduce, Recycle... 

ISPO GOLD AWARD WINNING Hydrapak Backcountry Collapsible Bottles 

Thirsty? You need water now, not after you unclip your backpack and fumble around for a bottle stuffed in the bottom of your pack. Other hydration systems have tried to solve this with small hoses to transport the water. They often just create more problems when they freeze up, or best of luck if you ever try to clean them.

Our solution? Partner with the industry leading hydration technologists at Hydrapak to incorporate a non-rigid soft TPU film water bottle. One that fits easily into your mesh chest-shoulder strap on the pack, or can be removed for use wherever you need it.

Water Bottle Specs:

  • Thin-film, durable TPU construction
  • On/Off closure w/ high flow bite valve
  • BPA free
  • Meets or exceeds FDA regulations
  • Dishwasher safe, easy to clean

One of the best things about our BC bottles is mobility. Your hydration vessel is no longer stuck inside your backpack like other hydration reservoir systems. You're free to use them for any activity you'd like. Pop your BC bottle in a jacket pocket, bike jersey sleeve, hike with it, run, take it on a trip. The list is endless. Regardless of the activity you can be sure that this bottle will be there when you need it, and be out of the way when you don't.

Each MFD backpack comes standard with a Hydrapak SF350 bottle clipped into a zippered pocket inside the shoulder strap giving you instant access to hydration. The bottle will not freeze and is flexible so it conforms to the shape of your body. When empty, the bottle collapses down to almost nothing giving you back valuable space lost by empty hard plastic bottles.

Designated Avalanche Tool Organization

Beacon, shovel, probe, partner. The ritualized basics for what everyone needs for a safe trip into the backcountry. We've designed the Freetour backpacks with a designated zippered internal compartment with individualized storage for all your safety tools (except your partner...). Tucked away, ready for quick organized use, without a second thought.

Smart Storage For All The Rest

Beyond the life saving tools you need in the backcountry. There's everything else you need for the day. Food, extra water, medical kit, padded camera pocket, headlamp, skins and on and on. We've designed enough compartments to store it all. By using see-through stretch mesh fabric, you can actually see what's stored inside. Organization in a clean efficient package. 

Bomber, Modular Carry Systems

Sometimes there is no other option to get there but hike and you need a backpack that does it well. No skis or snowboard flopping around, knocking you in the head, or worst of all not fitting on your pack. All Freetour backpacks have "designated" Left or Right side Diagonal carry systems and fit the widest skis out there, and a vertical carry option for snowboards. All using the least amount of secure straps possible, thanks to our modular carry system.

The 30L size incorporates an integrated wire frame suspension system to stabilize your gear no matter what kind of weight you're bringing along. It has the same Dual-Diagonal carry as well as an A-Frame ski carry system for those longer treks.

Crossover appeal

On top of all this the MFD backpacks are a great pack for everyday life. Whether you are commuting back and forth to work or heading out for summer time hike our organization system crosses over. The internal hydration sleeve inside the main compartment doubles as a laptop sleeve, compatible with a 17'' MacBook, and the well thought out organization compartments will keep anything from a bike tire repair kit to your iPad stored tight and tidy. 

Check out these other ways to support our campaign... RUN MFD!

MFD Athletic Fit Tees 

High Res Digital print - Ships in July!

Pledge for a T-shirt.  Then just let us know your favorite graphic and size (T-shirt colors as shown). T-shirts by Canvas. Made in the USA. All our softgoods are printed by Front Line Design, Bozeman, MT.  These guys do great work, check them out! 

MFD Snapback Trucker Cap

Ready to rock for Summer!

MFD Sticker Sheet - Peel and Stick!

MFD Ski Strap

Lock it down.  Long enough to strap down even the widest of skis. 

The Game Plan

We currently have backpacks on order with high-profile online and brick-and-mortar retailers however we need a big push to hit our manufacturer minimums and help to fund production. 

We are in this to make the highest quality backpacks and bottles. To do that, it takes world class manufacturers with real world minimum order quantities to get it done. We've crunched the numbers and set our goal accordingly. With your help, we will fund this project and have the numbers we need to bring these products to life. 

Here's where the project project funds will be utilized

  • Finishing off the last final tweeks and modifications
  • ABS Compatible 20L samples and final testing
  • Increasing our numbers to hit factory minimums
  • Funding production orders for Backpacks and Bottles
  • Global Freetour Backpacks and Backcountry Collapsible Bottle Delivery

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Once this project funds it will take about 3 months for our manufacturer to create the products. The manufacture we've partnered with produces products for some of the most respected brands in the world. We have complete confidence in their ability to bring our project into production since our founder Jason has worked with them many times over the past 8 years while working for other companies.

We know how to get backpacks made, but what do we know about making water bottles? That's why we have partnered with Hydrapak. For the past 10 years Hydrapak has created some to the most innovative drinking systems from bottles to reservoirs. Years of hydration experience went into the creation of this water bottle and we're proud to be able to offer it for MFD.

Upon project funding we will place our production orders. We just need time for the factory to produce the products, receive them in our Utah office and then they will ship out to you. There can be some delays with any manufacturing process, but we feel confident in hitting the ship dates outlined in the pledges.

The images shown here are mostly final, but there's always a chance there will be slight changes to the final products delivered. Don't worry though, if we change anything it will be to make them even better!

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