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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>  Wouter Huitzing (NED) has returned to improve on his course Record. Huitzing set the current course record for the MONTANE® Spine® Challenger in 2018 with a blistering Time of 25 hours 42 minutes. “I... 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

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JENNY TOUGH FASTPACKING: ICELAND

Jenny Tough travelled to Iceland for a week of fastpacking. A runventure completely lacking in agenda except for finding hot springs, killer bivvy spots, ice and fire, trolls and fairies. This is what Iceland is all about. Staring up at the looming peaks ahead of her, revealed for the first time by the typical Icelandic weather, she decide this adventure definitely needs a pointless summit, too. HOME     THE BASICS     SYSTEMS     PACKING GUIDE FASTPACKING ICELAND “…It wouldn’t be right to call this hard – this is a true... Read More

primaloft thermoplume icarus and phoenix snowglobe at kendall mountain festival 2018 | montane 02/10/2018
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MONTANE AND PRIMALOFT PARTNER UP FOR KMF2018

Montane is teaming up with PrimaLoft at Kendal Mountain Festival to celebrate a partnership spanning more than 15 years. Focus at the festival will be on PrimaLoft’s innovative loose-fill ‘ThermoPlume’insulation, which is the closest any synthetic insulation has come to mimicking the structure of natural down. Montane was the first UK outdoor brand to use the innovative ‘blowable’ insulation in its Autumn/Winter 2017 range and has extended its range of products for this season to include hoodless jackets (Micro), vests, and climbing specific pieces in both the Icarus (men) and Phoenix... Read More

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

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

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