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new trailblazer packs | montane 15/03/2019
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NEW: TRAILBLAZER PACKS

Introducing the Trailblazer packs – designed for fast-paced mountain adventures.  Whether it be done-in-a-day summit missions or multi-day fastpacking adventures, the Trailblazer will keep you moving just beyond your max. ABOVE: TRAILBLAZER 30.  CLICK IMAGE FOR MORE INFO The innovative Montane® COVALENT harness delivers a customisable, body-hugging fit without restricting movement.  Available in 3 sizes; 18, 30 & 44L with ample storage capacity and a multitude of pockets, they offer easy access to hydration, food and essential kit while on the move. Features include: Composite construction; 210 D base panels, 70 D main body,... Read More

14/03/2019
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UPDATED: FAST ALPINE 40L CLIMBING PACK

The FAST ALPINE 40 pack – for half a decade the go-to pack for the discerning climber and mountaineer interested in maximum efficiency and robust, intuitive design – has been updated for this spring/summer. CLICK IMAGE FOR MORE INFO Drawing upon extensive testing and feedback with Montane athletes and leading British mountain guides, the Fast Alpine 40’s design has been improved to enhance functionality. New updates include: Asymmetric bivi opening with Cord Lord quick release adjustment and bivi flap Extendable and removable lid Low profile wand pockets Off-centre Click and... Read More

trail running magazine trailblazer 30 | montane 05/03/2019
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TRAIL RUNNING MAGAZINE: TRAILBLAZER 30 NEAR PERFECT SCORE

Jen and Sim Benson recently reviewed the Trailblazer 30 as part of a large-scale fastpacking pack test. The Trailblazer 30 was the largest pack in-test.  However, its efficient use of intuitive features and fantastic back/harness system allowed it to stand out amongst the pack: “The brand new Trailblazer has an adjustable back system offering a great fit across a range of sizes.  The 30 L capacity makes it perfect for longer adventures and the well-designed features allow you to keep kit organised and nutrition within easy reach.  The stiffened back... Read More

iridium hoodie review | montane 24/02/2019
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IRIDIUM HOODIE WIN’S TRAIL MAGAZINE “BEST IN TEST”

Versatile hoodie wins prestigious ‘Best In Test’ from TRAIL Magazine: Our Iridium Hoodie was recently given to Jon Bennett of TRAIL MAGAZINE as part of a group test. “An excellent, well-designed, comfortable, mid-weight stretchable fleece with a useful chest pocket and hood for use when active on cooler days.” Features such as its intuitively-placed pockets – including the third GPS-sized chest pocket – and fully complimented front zip, were praised for their usability. What impressed most was the Iridium Hoodie‘s more passive features; the Pontetorto Technostretch’s external ceramic print, and the... Read More

arctic ultra clothing | montane 24/01/2019
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MONTANE YUKON ARCTIC ULTRA: FAVOURITE KIT

Running 430 miles through the Yukon Arctic is no mean feat.  Having clothing that is fit for purpose will make all the difference: warm yet breathable, light and packable yet tough enough to survive the temperatures.  Simple, intuitive features are preferred to increase efficiency and usability when cold and fatigue takes hold. Javed has tested and tweaked his clothing system over the course of months.  In December 2018, he ran the 55-mile Montane Cheviot Goat Ultra twice back-to-back, in an attempt to replicate the levels of exhaustion he would be... Read More

spine mrt 2019 | montane 11/01/2019
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MONTANE SPINE RACE 2019: FRIDAY 11 JANUARY

The 174km/108 mile MONTANE Spine® Challenger starts tomorrow.  Saturday 12 January 2019 at 8 AM. 104 competitors (80 men and 24 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.   Pre-Race    Day 1    Day2     Day3     Day4    Day5    Day6    Day7    Day8    Day9 Wouter Huitzing (NED) has returned to improve on his course Record. Huitzing set the current course record for the MONTANE® Spine® Challenger in... Read More

Antonia Bolingbroke-kent Prismatic Review | montane 07/12/2018
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Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent: Prismatic Review

This autumn, amidst the throes of an ‘oh my god I’m going to be f-f-forty’ mid-life crisis I decided the only thing for it was to go for a stroll in Georgia’s High Caucasus. Picture and Words by Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent, follow her on Twitter and Instagram For ten days I walked through the wild mountains of Svaneti, a crucible of forested hills and jagged peaks clinging to the southern shoulders of Europe’s highest peaks. There were thundering rivers, lung-busting 3000 metre passes, rain, a dusting of early snow and forests... Read More

Fastpacking 101 packing guide | Montane 09/10/2018
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JENNY TOUGH FASTPACKING: PACKING GUIDE

In fastpacking, the less you carry the further you travel and the faster you get there.  Jenny tough is an expert in packing JUST enough. HOME     THE BASICS     SYSTEMS     PACKING GUIDE FASTPACKING ICELAND Fastpacking is all about finding the balance between efficiency and utility.  It is important to ensure your kit remains lightweight without compromising safety, but also remember a modicum of comfort – used sparingly and strategically – will help you perform. As mentioned previously, I tend to follow the rule that everything in my (preferably... Read More

ATOMIC JACKET BEST VALUE TRAIL MAGAZINE | Montane 08/10/2018
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ATOMIC JACKET: WINS ‘BEST VALUE’ IN TRAIL MAGAZINE REVIEW

The Montane Atomic Jacket wins ‘best value’ award in Trail Magazines November 2018 waterproof shell test. The Atomic more than held its own against jackets over double its price in the November issue of TRAIL Magazines Waterproof Jacket ‘Big Test’.  Tester Graham Thompson was impressed by its extensive feature set and efficient design: ‘This light jacket packs down so small, you’ll hardly notice it in your rucksack…there is lots to like here.’ Breathability and manoeuvrability were also significant factors in the Atomic receiving the award.  Its mesh lined, harness compatible pockets were... Read More

Fastpacking 101 basics | Montane 07/10/2018
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JENNY TOUGH FASTPACKING: THE BASICS

Jenny Tough touches on the fundamentals of fastpacking, forming the basis of kit selection and expedition ethos. HOME     THE BASICS     SYSTEMS     PACKING GUIDE FASTPACKING ICELAND Fastpacking, endurance running, runventuring, runtouring… The sport is so new and fledging that we can’t even agree on what to call it yet. Basically, fastpacking is where ultra running meets trekking – covering long distances, at a running pace, with a backpack full of kit to stay out overnight (or a few nights). I can’t remember ever being introduced to fastpacking, but at... Read More