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September 2018

kevin hadfield 2018 tor des geants review | montane 26/09/2018
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TOR 2018: KEVIN HADFIELD KIT REVIEWS

Montane Athlete Kevin Hadfield returned to the 2018 Montane Tor des Géants for his second year, finishing in an amazing 53rd position REVIEWS: (click images to view) The beauty of Courmayeur, the sound of thousands lining the medieval streets, the fanfare, environment and course are all familiar but there is a layer of anxiety blanketing the experience that is all-together uncomfortable and foreign. I have returned to the site of my largest accomplishment to date in this trail running game. I am toeing the line of the Montane Tor des Geants... Read More

kouta toriumi 5th place 2018 tor des geants interview | Montane 25/09/2018
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TOR 2018: 5TH PLACE KOUTA TORIUMI INTERVIEW

Montane Athlete Kouta Toriumi (JAP) stunned the ultra-endurance world recently by finishing 5th in the 2018 Montane Tor des Géants, despite being a relative newcomer to the sport. How long have you been running? I have been trail running for about six years. What is it about Ultra/trail running you like? I like ultra/trail running because I love the mountains.  Participating in races allows me to be fully immersed in these incredible environments, and the sensation of moving through them under my own steam is very satisfying. How do you squeeze running... Read More

24/09/2018
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TOR 2018: TOM HOLLINS DNF CATHARSIS

Montane Athlete Tom Hollins entered the 2018 Montane Tor des Géants in the best shape of his life.  60 miles and two 3000m+ ascents later he withdrew. Reflecting on this, Tom shares insight into what happens when the mind-body connection falters. ‘I’ve not got much European experience’ I said in my pre-race TDG video. How that would come back to haunt me. My entire European experience was in fact 1 previous DNF at the UTMB. On that occasion, I just wasn’t fit for it. This time I was the fittest I... Read More

Tour des geants 2018 report 7 15/09/2018
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TOR DES GEANTS REPORT: DAY 7

The final day of the  2018 Tor des Géants Day 0     Day 1     Day 2     Day 3     Day 4     Day 5     Day 6     Day 7 Athlete Reviews The 2018 Tor des Géants drew to a close today with 534 competitors crossing the finish line in Courmayeur today.  As is tradition, the TOR winner – this year being Franco Collé – was there to welcome the final athletes back after their 330km journey.  This year, the final participants were a duo; 30yr old car salesman Yuan... Read More

Tour des geants 2018 report 6 14/09/2018
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TOR DES GEANTS REPORT: DAY 6

Day 6 of the 2018 Montane Tor des Géants saw the remaining athletes on the trail continue to fall foul of the courses unforgiving terrain, and unrelenting weather. Day 0     Day 1     Day 2     Day 3     Day 4     Day 5     Day 6     Day 7 Athlete Reviews With the heat wave failing to dissipate as expected, the TOR’s team of 120 doctors, nurses, masseurs and physiotherapists were pushed into overdrive s the event reached its twilight. By far and away the most proliferate of ailments were... Read More

Tour des geants 2018 report 5 13/09/2018
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TOR DES GEANTS REPORT: DAY 5

The fifth day of the 2018 Montane Tor des Géants brought with it another Montane Athlete finish, as well as the end of the 130km Tot Dret. Day 0     Day 1     Day 2     Day 3     Day 4     Day 5     Day 6     Day 7 Athlete Reviews Competitors of both races enjoyed what is widely expected to be the last day of fine weather; the Tot Dret enjoyed a 45% completion rate with 120 finishing within the 44hr cut-off, and the final front-runners of the TOR... Read More

Tour des geants 2018 report 4 12/09/2018
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TOR DES GEANTS REPORT: Day 4

Day 4 of the 2018 Montane Tor des Géants saw the first athletes cross the finish line, with climactic battles for position right up to the line. Day 0     Day 1     Day 2     Day 3     Day 4     Day 5     Day 6     Day 7 Athlete Reviews The day was well and truly stolen by Franco Collé, who finished in first place with a blistering time of 74:03.00, and arrived to a rockstar’s welcome. Montane Athlete Kouta Toriumi finished in an incredible 5th place after... Read More

Starlight Pro Pull-on: designed by experience | Montane 12/09/2018
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STARLIGHT PULL ON: DESIGNED BY EXPERIENCE

Named after Montane Athlete Tom Ballard’s now legendary ‘Starlight and Storm’ Expedition. A collaborative effort between Tom and Montanes’ expert technical designers, the Starlight Pull-on is the ultimate ‘Fast and Light’ technical insulation layer. TOM SAYS The idea of the Starlight Pull-On comes from my own experiences during my Starlight and Storm project a few seasons ago. When attempting to solo an alpine North Face the first obstacle to overcome is what to take with you. Lightness is the key to moving fast in the mountains. If you take bivy... Read More

Tour des geants 2018 report 3 11/09/2018
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TOR DES GEANTS REPORT: DAY 3

Another exciting day on the TOR, bolstered by the start of the 130km Tot Dret Day 0     Day 1     Day 2     Day 3     Day 4     Day 5     Day 6     Day 7 Athlete Reviews The pack of 20 front-runners, still led by Franco Collé by a considerable margin, made their way through the passage of Oyace at 18:00 today.  They have less than 60km until the finish line. Following these elite athletes in real-time is difficult; by the time something is written, they are... Read More

award winning oxygen and halogen packs in Wander Magazin | Montane 11/09/2018
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WANDER MAGAZIN REVIEW: Halogen 25 and Oxygen 24

Wander Magazin reviewed the Halogen 25 and Oxygen 24, finding them versatile mountain day-packs with an excellent back system. THE VERDICT: ‘The two models are great for day trips.’ „Die Note „ 1 “ … Haben die Praxistester des Wandermagazins bei ihrem großen Rucksack-Test den beiden Montane-Rucksäcke Halogen 25 und Oxygen 24 gegeben. Die beiden Modelle seien prima für Tagestouren geeignet und gut ausgestattet so ihr Urteil. Das freut uns natürlich. Denn genau dafür sind die Rucksäcke konzipiert: Ob alpine Bergtour, Klettersteig und Ski- oder Schneeschuhtour: die Ausstattung lässt hier... Read More