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Alpha Balance jacket climber magazine review | montane 19/06/2019
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CLIMBER MAGAZINE REVIEW THE ALPHA BALANCE JACKET

CLIMBER Magazine reviewed the Alpha Balance Jacket in its June 2019 issue, finding its technical fabrics enhancing an intuitive feature set. CLICK IMAGE TO VIEW THE ALPHA BALANCE JACKET The Alpha Balance Jackets‘ unusual construction is the first thing that stood out to the CLIMBER reviewers, with Polartec’s Alpha Direct across the chest, shoulders and upper arms and covered by Featurelite Air nylon stretch overlay contrasting pleasingly with Pontetorto Technostretch on the arms and abdomen.  This mix of fabrics also fulfill a purpose, and the visual disparity highlights the garment’s... Read More

slim fit terra pants climber review | montane 18/06/2019
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CLIMBER MAGAZINE REVIEW THE NEW SLIM FIT TERRA PANTS

CLIMBER Magazine reviewed the iconic Terra Pants new Slim Fit option in its June 2019 issue, finding their unbeatable feature set improved by the updated silhouette.  CLICK IMAGE TO VIEW THE TERRA PANT The Terra Pant has been an outdoor icon for over ten years, but CLIMBER were still impressed by the combination of breathable, windproof, quick-drying and durable fabrics combined with ‘clever material profiling’ to produce a fit that ensures ‘…freedom of movement is very good despite the omission of any elastane from the material.’ CLICK IMAGE TO VIEW THE... Read More

17/06/2019
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MINIMUS PANTS RECEIVE THE GREAT OUTDOORS ‘RECOMMENDED’ AWARD

Gear Editor Chris Townsend reviewed the updated Montane Minimus Pant as part of a comparative waterproof pants review in TGO’s June 2019 issue.  Suitably impressed, the Minimus Pants were awarded a coveted ‘TGO Recommended’ rosette for their versatility and feature set whilst being the lightest waterproof trousers on test. CLICK IMAGE TO VIEW MINIMUS PANTS (MEN’S AND WOMEN’S) Cited as ‘the world’s lightest and most breathable waterproof mountain pants’, they were lauded as being truly ultralight.  As such, their compressibility was also noted.  Their close fit paired with the breathable Pertex... Read More

02/05/2019
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MONTANE FEATURES HEAVILY IN TRAIL MAGAZINE GEAR GUIDE 2019

Reviewed and compiled by numerous outdoor experts, The TRAIL Magazine Gear Guide is the quintessential review of the years’ best gear.  Montane featured heavily throughout its 100 pages of the best new outdoor kit.   ATOMIC JACKET A revised classic, updated with Pertex Sheild, YKK Zips and a few other modernizing tweaks, the Atomic Jacket won TRAIL Magazine’s ‘Best Value’ award: “… a well priced low-weight jacket that is ideal for summer and mild-weather hillwalking, backpacking, and trekking.” CLICK IMAGE FOR MORE INFO: ATOMIC PANTS Fully articulated and articulated for... Read More

TGO minimus jacket review | montane 25/04/2019
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MINIMUS JACKET RECEIVES THE GREAT OUTDOORS ‘RECOMMENDED’ AWARD

Gear Editor Chris Townsend reviewed the updated Montane Minimus Jacket as part of a comparative waterproof jacket review in TGO’s May 2019 issue.  Suitably impressed, the Minimus was awarded a coveted ‘TGO Recommended’ rosette, citing a comprehensive feature set and excellent value for money. CLICK IMAGE TO VIEW THE MEN’S MINIMUS JACKET The updated materials and improved features of this modern classic were applauded for creating a comfortable and useable waterproof jacket that more than stood up against a field of far more expensive competitor jackets.  Obvious changes such as the... Read More

TRAILBLAZER 30 | MONTANE 09/04/2019
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TRAILBLAZER 30: MUD & ROUTES REVIEW

Our Trailblazer 30 Pack was tested by Rick Henderson from Mud & Routes who found the harness to be excellent and packed full of useful features. CLICK THE IMAGE ABOVE TO FOR THE FULL REVIEW Rick took the Trailblazer 30 on the Glyderau on a chilly dry day to put it through its paces.  He found the Covalent harness system easy to use and adjust to ensure a comfortable and secure fit, and the shoulder-mounted chest pockets more than ample. ”  in summary, I do love this pack…. You can tell they... Read More

09/04/2019
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ANTI-FREEZE JACKET WINS ‘BEST IN BEST’ FROM UKC

Our Anti-Freeze down jacket has been tested by UKC who found the combination of cut, fill, features and price hard to beat, awarding it the coveted ‘Best in Test’ accolade. Stand-out aspects of this ultra versatile midweight down jacket were its active mountain fit, describing it as ‘snug without being restrictive’ and praising its ability to stay unrestrictively close to the body regardless of activity level. “…good for active pursuits, chilly bouldering, as an outer layer for belaying and, due to its attractive appearance, for wearing around town.” CLICK BELOW FOR... 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

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