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June 2020

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