Our History

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).


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" refers to the origins - Trail Running, Adventure/Expedition racing (this is a "Raid" in French), Orienteering.
"Light" underlines the brand's 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.

Benoit Laval1999
  • 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.
  • Hires the first employee
  • Starts exporting products
  • First research and development project for Sporaltec, an sporting innovations group
  • RaidLight takes on Vertical brand (outdoor and ski)
Innovation 2011
  • Relocate to Saint Pierre de Chartreuse and opening the first Station de Trail (Trail running resort) in Europe.

  • 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.

  • Creation of the Ski Touring Resort Network.
  • Creation of "Outdoor INO-Fab", a textile production workshop utilising new technologies in Saint Pierre de Chartreuse.
Rossignol 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.