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extreme smock review | montane 27/01/2020
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OLD SCHOOL COOL

The utterly bombproof Extreme Smock featured as part of a ‘Pertex/Pile’ retrospective in The Great Outdoors Magazine recently. In the seasonal spirit of retrospection, we take a look at how this pivotal piece of technical outerwear came to prominence, why it still has its place in the modern outdoorsman’s wardrobe, and what the future holds in store for this simple yet effective technology: The combination of thick, heavy pile insulation under a breathable Pertex weather-resistant shell membrane first came about in the 80’s. They were warm, windproof, fast-wicking and quick-drying,... Read More

jayson cavill interview | montane 24/01/2020
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JAYSON’S SPINE

A quick interview with Montane Athlete Jayson Cavill about his spellbinding performance at this years’ Montane Spine Race touching on; tactics, kit, and – most imporantly – the spirit of racing. What was the thought process behind deciding to chase Kelly down? This didn’t really kick in until after the second night. Until then the focus had been getting as far along the course as possible and making sure I was in a position to even finish. Balancing this with moving well enough to stay in contention should things develop... Read More

day 6 of the spine race | montane 16/01/2020
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SPINE RACE 2020: Winners

John Kelly has won the 2020 edition of the Montane Spine Race, setting a new men’s course record as he did so. Winner Video: “Everything hurts” Kelly said when asked if he had anything to say about his win, whilst sitting in a large plant pot outside the Border Inn, “My body shut down at the final hut.  I wanted to push past it and finish, but I was cold and didn’t want to risk it after what happened to Eugenie last year. But then I warmed up and I... Read More

day 4 of the spine race | montane 14/01/2020
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SPINE RACE 2020: Into the Freeze and Catching Z’s

John Kelly leads the Montane Spine race at the end of it’s third day having successfully run his way through the worst of Storm Brendan. His pace has been exceptional, but the heavy weather has caused him to fall 4hrs behind Jasmin Paris’ incredible course record. Spine Race Day 4 Video: Overnight, the UK was battered by 80mph winds and heavy rain, making conditions on the Pennine Way extremely difficult.  The combination of driving rain and severe wind chill convinced many runners to hunker down at CP2 in Hawes.  Not... Read More

spine race 2020 day 3 | montane 13/01/2020
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SPINE RACE 2020: Storms’ A-Comin’

As Storm Brendan batters the course, John Kelly (USA) still leads at the halfway mark of the MONETANE Spine Race. Spine Race Day 3 Video: Former Barkley Marathons winner, John Kelly is pushing against winds of up to 80mph to hold the lead in the face of Storm Brendan.  As he cleared the halfway point of the race after passing Tan Hill, he told our team he had resorted to shouting and screaming to himself on the trail to keep from falling asleep. As the front runners push hard to... Read More

spine race 2020 day 2 | montane 12/01/2020
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SPINE RACE 2020: Challenger Ends, SPINE Starts

Thrills as the Challenger and MRT competitors race towards Hawes. 163 intrepid full Spine Racers set off into the rain and wind. Spine Race Day 2 Video: “I’m just going to run my own race and not worry about the others.” said John Kelly (USA) just before the race.  It turns out ‘his own race’ lives up to the high expectations which surround this former winner of the extremely gruelling Barkley Marathons.  At the close of day one of the MONTANE Spine Race, John currently sits in the lead and... Read More

2020 spine mrt and challenger | montane 11/01/2020
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SPINE RACE 2020 COMMENCES WITH CHALLENGER AND MRT

The 174km/108 mile MONTANE Spine® Challenger started on, Saturday 12 January 2019 at 8 AM. 98 Competitors (78 men and 20 women) from 10 different nations are competing to cover 108 miles of the Pennine Way National trail irrespective of what the terrain and the British weather can throw at them. Yesterday, Race Director Phil Hayday Brown described this year’s Challenger as ‘anyone’s race’.  The strongest runners have shown their mettle against gusts between 60-80mph today and a possible podium is starting to materialise. Dougie Zinis (GBR) currently holds the... Read More

2020 montane spine race | montane 10/01/2020
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2020 Spine Race: A Year in the Sun

The Spine Race returns after a year in the public eye with an in-form Team Montane in tow. Will Jasmin Paris’ record be broken? Click to meet Team Montane: Since its inception in 2012, which saw 11 entrants and only 3 finishers, it has enjoyed a hard-earned reputation as a truly epic challenge and a true test of racers physical resilience and mental fortitude.  It is widely regarded as one of the world’s toughest endurance races. Last years’ Spine was a momentous occasion.  Jasmin Paris smashed the course record by... Read More

prism jacket award | montane 10/12/2019
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MORE AWARDS FOR THE PRISM JACKET

The NEW Montane Prism Jacket proves its pedigree once again, adding more accolades to its haul   COUNTRY WALKING MAGAZINE TESTER’S CHOICE | BEST VALUE | 95% WHAT COUNTRY WALKING SAY: “For versatility and adaptability, this one is a winner.” “The Prism is a well-established insulator but Montane have just given it an overhaul… i’ve worn it while pounding up Yorkshire hillsides in bitter winds and never felt either too cold or too hot.”       WALK MAGAZINE GREAT VALUE WHAT WALK SAY: “It’s lightweight and durable, and offers... Read More

TGO Magazine winter accessories | montane 03/12/2019
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TGO REVIEW THE WINTER ACCESSORY TRIFECTA

Chris Townsend tested three quintessential winter accessories in the December issue of ‘The Great Outdoors Magazine’, awarding two ‘Best Buy’ and one ‘Recommended’ Rosettes. And little wonder – the three products in question work immensely well together. Prism gloves provide lightweight, low-bulk warmth and work excellently in conjunction with Minimus Mitts for cold and wet days. Similarly, the Mountain Squall Cap is equally at home in the greater ranges as it is battling Scottish deluges or Lake District downpours. Between the three, you have almost all situations covered. Read on... Read More