Mon­tane Grand Tour 55

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weight; hood; pock­ets; cleaner de­sign +

– not as com­fort­able as other packs; lower ca­pac­ity; de­signed for loads un­der 15kg

The ca­pac­ity of this pack is slightly less than oth­ers and the back sys­tem is less elab­o­rate. You get just one main com­part­ment with a sin­gle top open­ing and the lid is fixed, rather than float­ing. There are two mas­sive stretch front pock­ets, as well as mesh side pock­ets and com­pres­sion straps with quick-re­lease buck­les, but it's a more min­i­mal­ist pack than some. 4/5

There is now a women's ver­sion of this pack in two back lengths, S/M and M/L, as well as the men's pack in S/M and M/L. The back sys­tem has a moulded back panel, with an alu­minium bar in­side, which pro­vides sta­bil­ity and al­lows some fit­ting by shap­ing the bar to your back, but it does not fit as neatly as other packs. 4/5

There is less air­flow and soft pad­ding here, so, un­sur­pris­ingly, it's less com­fort­able than other packs. Some care is needed in pack­ing as it can ‘bar­rel’ a lit­tle, but for lighter loads – that are well-packed – it works, and is a com­pro­mise worth tol­er­at­ing for the weight sav­ing you are get­ting with this pack. How­ever, it's a bit sweaty on the move. 3/5

I’ve used this for two or three day trips, but would pre­fer more com­fort for longer trips. I do like its sim­plic­ity, and the fea­tures it does have work re­ally well. I par­tic­u­larly like the huge stretch pock­ets on the out­side. I also like the fixed lid and I’ve been able to strap all man­ner of things be­hind those side com­pres­sion straps. The mesh pock­ets on the hipbelt are also great for GPS re­ceivers. 4/5

A good price, but you get no­tice­ably fewer fea­tures than higher-priced op­tions. 4/5

If you want a lower-priced, lighter pack this is great, but you will have to sac­ri­fice a bit of com­fort and fancy fea­tures. 3.8/5

n m / 1436g (Size M/L) £130

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