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Gecko race vest review | montane 26/06/2020
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Minimal Pack, Best Value

The Montane VIA Gecko race vest won ‘Best Value’ in a group-test of 12 minimalist running packs. Designed around the revolutionary FREELIGHT chassis, the Gecko allows efficient storage of all the essentials and nothing more. Ideal for training or chasing PB’s. ‘Best Value’ WHAT TRAIL RUNNING SAYS:   Testers were impressed that so many features were packed so cleverly into such a competitively priced pack, making it ideal for supported races and warmer weather runs, where a ginormous kit list isn’t warranted: “Tough and comfy, a workhorse of a small... Read More

pac plus jacket review | montane 04/06/2020
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Pac-ing a Punch

The Montane Pac Plus Jacket was recently awarded their coveted BEST IN TEST rosette in a ‘Summer Waterproof’ group test. Despite its apparent modesty, this simple, lightweight waterproof jacket seriously punches above its weight. The Pac Lite takes Gore-Tex’s 2-layer Pac Lite Plus technology and couples it with a dry-touch, abrasion-resistant inner treatment. This updated interpretation on quite an old-school 2-layer construction creates a lightweight super breathable shell system. Couple it with a tough 30D outer and a suite of intuitively placed features and you are left with a well-considered,... Read More

jessie leong crag to trail | montane 02/06/2020
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Discovering Trail Running and Climbing during lockdown

A sanctuary of green spaces between the knitted crochet blanket of terrace houses, steep houses and leafy green neighbourhoods; lockdown in Sheffield ain’t a grim place to be.  A time to pause, stay at home and root in one place with my new housemate Hilary, a fellow Trad climber, trail runner and cycling enthusiast in a part of Sheffield I’ve not lived before.   Yet for so many, myself included, lockdown has been a mixed bag of emotions.  I’ve found it a difficult and somewhat overwhelming time.  After shaking off... Read More

nick morris scottish winter climbing | montane 27/04/2020
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Aonach Eagach Ridge

Brand ambassador Nick Morris recounts a memorable day climbing the Aonach Eagach Ridge during this winters late but beautifully pristine resurgence in the Highlands. As a white fluffy blanket finally fell over the Highlands a plan was being hatched in a soggy South Wales. Stood on belay in the dust-filled air of the local climbing centre one sentence was tentatively blurted out…” Scotland this weekend, it’s looking mega?” 3 days later boots were packed, crampons sharpened and a rack built; It was decided, we were heading North and on the... Read More

Chris Shirley | montane 22/04/2020
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Learning From Isolation

As a former Royal Marine, mountaineer, endurance athlete, and ocean rower, Montane Ambassador Chris Shirley is no stranger to hardship or the mental and emotional sides of endurance. in 2019 he suffered a fall whilst climbing the Matterhorn which put him in hospital for 3 months. It was an experience that has taught him much about isolation, and how to mitigate its negative effects. I’ve long suspected that my ‘risk appetite’ has been a little different from other peoples. I spent my twenties in the forces, followed by a stint... Read More

becks ferry climbing and running | montane 30/03/2020
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Hot & Cold

Montane Ambassador Rebecca Ferry is an accomplished ultra marathon runner, and enjoyed a contradictory couple of months between refreshing mountaineering skills in quintessential Scottish weather, and competing in the 6-stage ultra the Costa Rica Coastal Challenge: I love a challenge, and what better way to start a new year than to embark upon two completely different ones. First up in January – a week of climbing and mountain skills in Scotland using Glen Coe in the Western Highlands as a base.  I’m told it is the best location in Scotland for reliable mountaineering snow... Read More

28/03/2020
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Montane Cheviot Goat 2019

On December 6th 2019, I drove from Bristol with my friend Will to run our first Goat. I have run several ultras, but this was going to be the longest and toughest one yet.  I was feeling a bit anxious about what I had let myself in for, running through a whole day was going to be a new experience. I had done minimal research into the event (ignorance is bliss) but thought that it sounded exciting and challenging, with the bonus of seeing a Cheviot Goat.  During a race... Read More

27/03/2020
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EVERLASTING DARKNESS – SURVIVING THE ICELANDIC WINTER

Iceland in wintertime is not for the faint-hearted. Trying to find motivation in the depths of winter has been unequivocally tough whilst working on the Langjökull ice cap– but with light just round the corner, and before the current lockdowns, Montane Ambassador Jessie Leong learned what it’s like to celebrate the coming of calmer weather with a trip to the south coast of Sólheimajökull for some ice climbing. For months, the honking great big beam of artificial light over the gravel yard has largely been the only source of light... Read More

TGO Magazine terra pants | montane 17/02/2020
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Versatility is its own Specialism

The Montane Terra Pants have once again been awarded ‘The Great Outdoors Magazine’s ‘Best Buy’ Rosette. Terra pants have been around for a while, but remain everyone’s go-to outdoor pant. We catch up with our product design and athlete teams to find out why. Since their introduction in 2001, the Terra Pants have been the mainstay outdoor pant for anyone wanting to do pretty much anything outdoors due to a comprehensive feature set. Their manifold construction, comprising of lightweight and breathable main fabric with durable reinforcement panels produces a low... Read More

run1000miles | montane 13/02/2020
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Run 1000 Miles in 2020

20 miles a week. Just over 32km. That’s all it takes to run 1000 miles in a year, and we have teamed up with Trail Running Magazine to help you achieve it. The challenge is straightforward. There’s no sign-up fee, no homework tasks and no commitment. All you really need is a pair of trainers to get started, and all Trail Running ask is that you set yourself the challenge and update them along the way. There’s a ready-made Facebook group full of RUN1000MILE-ers old and new, and the Trail... Read More