In 2007, Mike Collins was a ski bum living in a shack in Colorado, chasing powder. Sometimes that meant long hikes hauling his skis. To get them off his back Mike rigged some webbing into a carrying system, which he was wearing when he met a group of telemark skiers who wondered if he’d bought it.
That was the start of Freeride Systems, a company that launched with a carry system, but eventually would become best known for its line of technical, USA made jackets. Based in Leadville, CO at 10,000 feet above sea level, Freeride Systems has the perfect playground for designing, developing and testing ski gear.