RaidLight is a pioneering French trail running brand.

Situated at 1000m altitude in the Chartreuse Massif in the French Alps. RaidLight develops lightweight products from head to foot (Clothing, Packs and Vests, Footwear, Accessories).


• 1999
International level runner, Benoit Laval establishes RaidLight, a brand for trail running and adventure racing, born from his passion for the mountains and running, combined with his expertise as a textile engineer (working as a sub contractor to many large sportswear brands).

With design and manufacturing skills in one hand and knowledge and experience of the sport in the other he had a desire to make his own prototypes. So. RaidLight began in a garage, with 10 products and 2 trestle tables at races.

• 2001
Hires the first employee

• 2006
Starts exporting products

• 2007
First research and development project for Sporaltec, an sporting innovations group

• 2010
RaidLight takes on Vertical brand (outdoor and ski)

We were looking for a name to represent lightweight products for adventurers, Internationally recognisable, something with modernity of innovation, a strong dynamic for a global future.

"Raid" is a wink to the origins, Trail Running, Adventure/Expedition racing(this is a "Raid" in French), Orienteering.
and "Light" underlining the brands main area of innovation: Designing and developing lightweight equipment for increased comfort of the participants.

The logo is in the style of a compass, the 4 arrows in 4 directions are the cardinal points, symbolising the taste for adventure around the world.


∙ 2011

Relocate to Saint Pierre de Chartreuse and opening the first Station de Trail (Trail running resort) in Europe.

∙ 2012
Creation of the Trail Running Resort Network, winning Innovation Awards Bref Rhône-Alpes , and the Janus Design award from the French Institute of Design. Creation of the first Espace Ski de Rando (Ski Touring Resort) in Europe.

∙ 2013
Creation of the Ski Touring Resort Network.

∙ 2014
Creation of "Outdoor INO-Fab", a textile production workshop utilising new technologies in Saint Pierre de Chartreuse.


• 2016
Integration of RaidLight-Vertical into the Rossignol group.

The first brand to have a team that is open to all trail runners wanting to promote the brand. RaidLight also allows team members to join in the R&D process through its collaborative design process.



Aujourd’hui, nous commercialisons à la fois sur internet avec un site communautaire (6.000.000 de pages vues en 2013) et par un réseau d’environ 500 magasins spécialistes en France. Fort de nos savoir-faire, nous exportons également à l’international, pour près de 25 % du CA, avec plus de 500 points de vente en Europe, et plus de 70 pays livrés chaque année par internet.

Nous basons notre croissance sur l’innovation et sur une forte différentiation des produits qui se doivent de répondre à un besoin, d’être ergonomiques, et souvent plus légers que la concurrence.