OUR HISTORY

For more than 20 years RaidLight has been developing products for all trail runners, offering lightweight, technical and innovative products for active enthusiasts to professional athletes.

1999 - RaidLight was founded by Benoit Laval

RaidLight was founded by Benoit Laval, a textile product designer and a world-class trail runner. The design and manufacturing tools in one hand, the practical and sporting experience in the other, the desire to make his own prototypes was obvious. RaidLight began like many other start-ups, in a garage, 10 products, a small website and 2 trestle tables at races.

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2001 - Hiring of the first employee

Meet our current team of about twenty employees based in Saint-Pierre-de-Chartreuse in the heart of the mountains.

Our Team

2007: Olmo Vest

Marco Olmo, a legend of UTMB®, competing over many years, up to 60 years old. With RaidLight he designed a range of ultra-light and practical packs with front bottle holders. RaidLight has always based its development on performance and product innovation.

Our innovations

2008 - Creation of the Open to All Team

RaidLight becomes the first brand to create a real social network around its customers and their common passion, the trail. The Team, open to all, has attracted several thousand members who have participated in the communication and promotion of RaidLight throughout the world.

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2008

Collaborative R&D platform

RaidLight has this intuitive DNA of collaborative design since 1999, thanks to an active listening of the runners, a direct discussion with the users on the internet, and a strong presence on the field as assiduous practitioners. In 2008, RaidLight develops open innovation and design with users within its website by setting up a collaborative R&D platform.

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Your opinion counts!

Flagship products have been created from Open R&D, such as a pack dedicated to desert races like the Marathon des Sables, a rain cape with a very innovative pack volume control, the front pack system, the R-LIGHT 001 shoe and its CUSTOM SHOES system (resoleable, renewable and interchangeable cushioning, range of customizable accessories). All these came about through active participation in the continuous improvement of all RaidLight products over the last decade.

2010 - RaidLight in the French team

Benoit LAVAL is runner up at the French trail championships, wearing RaidLight of course! he joins the  French trail running team.

2010 - Vertical

RaidLight integrates in its perimeter the Vertical brand, a brand of ski touring and mountaineering clothing, and the MP+ membrane which is now present on all our waterproof products.

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2011 - Move to the Chartreuse

Creation of the Outdoor Lab, an eco-responsible building located at an altitude of 1000m in the heart of the Chartreuse mountain range, grouping together the head office, the factory shop, the R&D workshop open to customers and the first Trail Station in Europe.

 

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2011

First Trail Station in the Chartreuse

Trail routes marked out around a base station, showers, changing rooms, equipment to be tested free of charge for runners, a website and a geolocation smartphone application complete the system for a perfect trail running experience.

Trail running in the Chartreuse

2014 - Launch of the Made In France production workshop

The desire to succeed in producing some of its products in France, RaidLight creates a Made In France textile production workshop with innovative technologies such as laser cutting, sublimation and thermo bonding.

Located in Saint Pierre de Chartreuse, this workshop employs a dozen people who manufacture more than 30,000 items per year.

2016 - Rossignol Group

RaidLight joins the Rossignol Group

2019 - New Footwear Range

Launch of the new range of trail shoes incorporating Sensor 3 technology. A dual density system that gives increased shock absorption and support, giving increased comfort and better energy transfer.

Our footwear collection

2020 - Independence

RaidLight and Vertical take back independence, managed by Benoit Laval, in Saint-Pierre-de-Chartreuse, with about twenty employees.

Our Team

What's next?

RaidLight's vision for the future is to continue to develop and create technical, innovative and functional products for trail runners of all levels, while focusing our production towards more sustainability and eco-responsibility. Evolve and redevelop the Made In France range. Taking our own advice from our baseline “Share the trail running experience” we will involve customers in our product development through our Open to All Team and continue to develop and be a part of the community of trail runners. All of this will happen in our “human-sized” flexible and dynamic company located in the heart of the Chartreuse mountains.

 

Looking forward to meeting you on a path, do not hesitate to come and visit our Made In France headquarters and workshop in Saint-Pierre-de-Chartreuse and run through our beautiful mountains from our base.