Grand Tour 55

ULTRA DISTANCE TRAIL TOURING LIGHTWEIGHT PACK
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Designed to be used on the long distance trail tours of this world, from the Pacific Crest Trail to the Great Himalayan Trail. Developed in conjunction with world leading authorities in long distance travel on foot. The Grand Tour 55 is exceptionally light at 1,100g (stripped weight) despite a featuring a back system that will provide comfort and technical details specifically designed for long distance treks. The strong and lightweight ‘VertErgo Tour’ back system can be tailored to the individual user and support load carrying for long periods of time whilst the RAPTOR ZERO fabric in the main body of the pack ensures it is light but strong.
Fabric: RAPTOR ZERO
Reinforced base fabric: RAPTOR UTL
Back pad / shoulder straps / hip fins: CONTACT Mesh
Side pockets: GRANITE STRETCH
Lining fabric: HALO

Colours:
Moroccan blue / Shadow webbing / Burnt orange trim
Black / Black webbing / Kiwi trim

Weight: 1,345g / 47.4oz
Stripped Weight: 1,162g / 41oz

ONE SIZE

Fit: Active Mountain

Activities: Backpacking / Mountain Walking / High Trekking / Travel

RRP: £125.00


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  • Constructed from ultra lightweight RAPTOR ZERO fabric that provides an incredibly lightweight yet strong and tough pack body. Features a superb DWR and formidable tear resistance
  • RAPTOR UTL ultra tough, lightweight base panel prevents abrasion against rock surfaces
  • GRANITE STRETCH skirt lid side panels give a clean fabric hugging lid closure and additional storm protection with a sleek shape
  • Moulded MONTANE® ‘Comfort Back Pad’ features channels that wick sweat and rainwater away from the body and give additional ventilation
  • ‘VertErgo Tour’ back system provides strength, comfort and support with load carrying over long distances. This unique back system is extremely lightweight and can be removed for additional ultra weight saving and minimalism. It can be shaped to fit the user’s back for a specific tailored fit
  • Features a pre-curved horizontal aluminium bar across the top of the back panel which provides structure for top tension straps to torque off. This bar is pre-curved so that the pack does not inhibit head movement
  • Two shoulder top tension straps allow the pack weight to be pulled close to the body and control the pack stability for the required terrain 
  • Waterproof shell friendly CONTACT Mesh on the shoulder straps and MONTANE® ‘Comfort Back Pad’ facings prevent abrasion on shell clothing when the pack is full to capacity and with heavy use
  • Two large front stash pockets allow for storage of wet kit (for instance, a tent or tarp flysheet) whilst on the move, keeping moisture away from dry essentials
  • Large top ‘buddy pocket’ for front access whilst on the move, perfect for storage of guide books etc. and large enough for storage of an OS map 
  • Two large STRETCH MESH lower pockets for storage of extra items 
  • Two walking pole attachment elastic loops with cordlock adjustment at the lower rear of the pack. Additional side sleeves in upper compression strap for firm lock down of poles during dynamic body movement and for effective storage when not in use
  • Chest harness with left hand clip prevents bulky buckles over the sternum and increases comfort with its low profile
  • Four symmetrical single hand side compression straps pull around pack contents and help provide additional stability
  • Wide mouth central opening with ‘Cord Lord’ quick release mechanism
  • Internal top compression over mouth opening for additional storage of kit
  • Extendable internal top sleeve for extra storm protection of contents with double compression closure on outside opening and internal sleeve opening with ‘Cord Lord’ quick release mechanism
  • Space saving external top lid front pull allowing for good vertical pack compression
  • Elastic loops on shoulder harnesses for easy access to water bottles whilst on the move
  • Reversible mitt and glove friendly locking webbing buckles used throughout
  • Body curve hip fins for great comfort and strong stability whatever the terrain
  • Double tension waist harness for extra stability, pack weight equalisation and ease of use while on the move
  • Internal security pocket featuring vertical upside down zippered entry preventing coin and key loss. Also features a key clip
  • Right and left hip pockets for handy storage of GPS, mobile phone, headtorch, energy bar etc.
  • Front central and two left and right high webbing gear loops
  • Includes webbing and drawcords that can be affixed to front loops for additional stretch front storage
  • Quality Nylon webbing used throughout for reliability over the pack’s lifetime
  • H²O top right tube opening and internal bladder storage sleeve
  • Double head zip and two zip garages on buddy pocket
  • Arm shoulder harness gear loops and H²O tube attachment
  • MONTANE® custom made glove and mitt friendly zip pulls
  • Top load easy grab hauling handle
  • 360° ‘DUSK TILL DAWN’ head torch reflectivity at lower rear of pack in optimum position

RAPTOR ZERO

100% nylon micro filament
Abrasion resistance 100,000+ at 12.5k PA (BS EN ISO 12947-2)
DWR finish with a grade 4 rating
Tough and durable 100D Robic™ reinforced rip
PU coating gives 1,000mm+ hydrostatic head

RAPTOR UTL

100% nylon micro filament
Abrasion resistance 50,000+ at 12.5k PA (BS EN ISO 12947-2)
DWR finish with a grade 4 rating
500 denier with the qualities of a 1,000 denier fabric
Exceptionally tough and abrasion resistant

HALO

100% nylon
PU coating gives 1,500mm+ hydrostatic head
Abrasion resistance 50,000+ at 12.5k PA (BS EN ISO 12947-2)
DWR finish with a grade 5 rating
Nylon rip-stop for durability

GRANITE STRETCH

209g/m² 90.5% nylon, 9.5% Spandex double weave fabric
Tough nylon outer weave adds abrasion resistance
Soft inner double weave face offers great next to skin comfort
Spandex yarns give the fabric four way stretch properties
The DWR finish wards off light showers of rain

CONTACT Mesh

100% Polyester mesh
Soft touch
Kind against waterproof shell

  • Due to the many different technical components involved, MONTANE® does not recommend that you wash your Grand Tour.
  • Wipe clean only.

SuperbCustomer Rating

Along with poorly fitting boots, a badly chosen rucksack has the potential to make your trip into the hills a misery. Needing to invest in a multiday pack, I spent an age reading reviews and looking at the specs of countless manufacturers' offerings before narrowing it down to three, but you only really know a rucksack is right for you once you've tried it on with some weight in it. As soon as I put the Grand Tour 55 on in my local shop (with 15kg test weight) I was immediately impressed with the fit of the back system and especially liked the hip belt which offers really good padding and load-bearing support. Of the three rucksacks I tried, Montane's seemed to offer the most 'natural' fit and felt secure when I 'threw some shapes' mimicking nearly falling over in all directions (i'm not gifted with the balance of an ibex). I took the Grand Tour to the Black Mountains in Wales last week for a two nighter and it coped easily with about 18kg. Considering this pack only weighs 1300g and it felt like it could handle more, that's pretty impressive. The DWR finish kept the contents of the pack dry when I chose to have a 'lie down' (technical term) in a peat bog, and the stash pockets on the front came in handy when I had to pack a sopping wet flysheet on both mornings. I found the cord lock closures really easy to use, even with heavy gloves on and the well-designed hip-belt pockets are of a decent size and sited well. Actually, everything seems to be well-designed - one of the things I most like is the lack of stuff you don't need, like a zippered bottom section for example. On the negative side (and these are really just personal things), the pocket for the hydration system only runs half way down the back so I couldn't fit my 3L bladder in, the Buddy Pocket is a great idea most of the time but when you take your pack off and put it on the ground the zip is facing away from you and finally, (although I suspect I will get used to this) the chest harness is a little difficult to site without looking down at it. My main criteria of low weight, high durability and sensible price seem to have been easily met and even considering the few very minor niggles I would not hesitate to recommend this product to anyone looking for a 50L+ sack.

Author: Paul Morgan


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