Ultra distance trail touring super lightweight rucksack.
Designed to be used on the long distance trail tours of this world, from the Pacific Crest Trail to the Great Himalayan Trail. Developed in conjunction with world leading authorities in long distance travel on foot.
The Grand Tour 55 is exceptionally light at 1,162g (stripped weight) despite a featuring a back system that will provide comfort and technical details specifically designed for long distance treks.
The strong and lightweight ‘VertErgo Tour’ back system can be tailored to the individual user and support load carrying for long periods of time whilst the RAPTOR ZERO fabric in the main body of the pack ensures it is light but strong.
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Constructed from ultra lightweight RAPTOR ZERO fabric that provides an incredibly lightweight yet strong and tough pack body. Features a superb DWR and formidable tear resistance RAPTOR UTL ultra tough, lightweight base panel prevents abrasion against rock surfaces
GRANITE STRETCH skirt lid side panels give a clean fabric hugging lid closure and additional storm protection with a sleek shape
Moulded MONTANE® ‘Comfort Back Pad’ features channels that wick sweat and rainwater away from the body and give additional ventilation
‘VertErgo Tour’ back system provides strength, comfort and support with load carrying over long distances. This unique back system is extremely lightweight and can be removed for additional ultra weight saving and minimalism. It can be shaped to fit the user’s back for a specific tailored fit
Features a pre-curved horizontal aluminium bar across the top of the back panel which provides structure for top tension straps to torque off. This bar is pre-curved so that the pack does not inhibit head movement
Two shoulder top tension straps allow the pack weight to be pulled close to the body and control the pack stability for the required terrain
Waterproof shell friendly CONTACT Mesh on the shoulder straps and MONTANE® ‘Comfort Back Pad’ facings prevent abrasion on shell clothing when the pack is full to capacity and with heavy use
Two large front stash pockets allow for storage of wet kit (for instance, a tent or tarp flysheet) whilst on the move, keeping moisture away from dry essentials
Large top ‘buddy pocket’ for front access whilst on the move, perfect for storage of guide books etc. and large enough for storage of an OS map
Two large STRETCH MESH lower pockets for storage of extra items
Two walking pole attachment elastic loops with cordlock adjustment at the lower rear of the pack. Additional side sleeves in upper compression strap for firm lock down of poles during dynamic body movement and for effective storage when not in use
Chest harness with left hand clip prevents bulky buckles over the sternum and increases comfort with its low profile
Four symmetrical single hand side compression straps pull around pack contents and help provide additional stability
Wide mouth central opening with ‘Cord Lord’ quick release mechanism
Internal top compression over mouth opening for additional storage of kit
Extendable internal top sleeve for extra storm protection of contents with double compression closure on outside opening and internal sleeve opening with ‘Cord Lord’ quick release mechanism
Space saving external top lid front pull allowing for good vertical pack compression
Elastic loops on shoulder harnesses for easy access to water bottles whilst on the move
Reversible mitt and glove friendly locking webbing buckles used throughout
Body curve hip fins for great comfort and strong stability whatever the terrain
Double tension waist harness for extra stability, pack weight equalisation and ease of use while on the move
Internal security pocket featuring vertical upside down zippered entry preventing coin and key loss. Also features a key clip
Right and left hip pockets for handy storage of GPS, mobile phone, headtorch, energy bar etc.
Front central and two left and right high webbing gear loops
Includes webbing and drawcords that can be affixed to front loops for additional stretch front storage
Quality Nylon webbing used throughout for reliability over the pack’s lifetime
HÇO top right tube opening and internal bladder storage sleeve
Double head zip and two zip garages on buddy pocket
Arm shoulder harness gear loops and HÇO tube attachment
MONTANE® custom made glove and mitt friendly zip pulls
Top load easy grab hauling handle
360° ‘DUSK TILL DAWN’ head torch reflectivity at lower rear of pack in optimum position
Fabric: RAPTOR ZERO Reinforced base fabric: RAPTOR UTL Back pad / shoulder straps / hip fins: CONTACT Mesh Side pockets: GRANITE STRETCH Lining fabric: HALO Colours: Moroccan blue / Shadow webbing / Burnt orange trim Black / Black webbing / Kiwi trim Weight: 1345g / 47.4oz Stripped Weight: 1,162g / 41oz
Back Length: New Sizes S/M: 40-45cm / 16-18 in M/L: 45-53cm / 18-21 in
Fit: Active Mountain Activities: Backpacking / Mountain Walking / High Trekking / Travel
Just received my new Montane Grand Tour 55. Very well made and, well, light. Lots of interesting and innovative features. And a comfortable harness. Very pleased. No bottom access for sleeping bag, but at this weight something had to go. My only gripe is that it took longer than advertised to arrive and was not available for an important expedition weekend.
To be fair we do say next day delivery for mainland UK and as you were in the Highlands, it was a 2 day delivery. It left on the Tues so should have been with you for the weekend? We are sorry Royal Mail let us all down.
Thursday, 21 July 2016 | Howard
Only used the rucksack once but was very impressed with the style and easy access to the rucksack and pockets. It's a little early to give a proper review but up to now very pleased with the purchase
Quick delivery and good service from the supplier. I've tried the sack on a rough two day trip in the Moidart hills and have been very impressed with it. The sack is well designed with plenty of pockets to help organise gear and make it more accessible. I particularly liked the large top pocket which made plenty of items for daytime use readily accessible without opening up the main sack. The shoulder straps and hip belt were extremely comfortable. At first I wasn't sure about the fit and stability of the sack on my back but once I had all the various straps properly adjusted the sack stayed comfortably and firmly on my back. The highest praise that I can give is to say that most of the time I forgot that I was wearing the sack. As I am gradually changing from hill running back to walking with lightweight gear this sack is an ideal size and relatively light in weight - an excellent buy.
Had this pack about 7 months now. Found it very comfortable.I'd been using a 70 ltr. Osprey pack that has plenty of good features but weighs over 2 kgs, and there's always the danger with big packs that you end up taking more than you really need because you have the space.My backpacking is a lot easier now with this pack. I've done 4 one nighters and 1 three nighter with the Grand tour so far and found it pretty much faultless. I'm struggling to think of anything that would improve it apart from a rain cover perhaps. Seems to be very well made and tough too.
This bag is tough yet very comfortable. Whatever it is that the straps and back are made of, it does a great job of distributing the weight and keeping things vented. There are plenty of pockets which is always useful.
If I could improve the bag then I'd do two things: 1) Include a built in waterproof cover (though they only cost about ten quid so it's no biggie) 2) Add a zip to the midsection so it's easier to just dip into the bag and get stuff out without undoing the top and digging through things, although perhaps this would affect the overall strength which is why they haven't done it already. I don't know, I'm not a backpack technician.
But yes, 5 stars! Hopefully I'll get a good ten years out of this thing
Having lightened and reduced volume of kit I carry over the last few years it was tine for the 2.9kg/70 litre rucksack to go. Considered many options and went for this one. What a great choice, plenty of great features, love the large zip up mesh pockets, waterproofs fit in 1 side leaving other side spare. The side (waterbottle) pockets are big enough for a 2 person tent, so no wet tent inside the pack. My next hike is 6 days doing the west coast of Jura and on a trial pack, everthing fits perfectly and loaded with 12kG of kit the Grand Tour 55 is very comfortable. Highlt recommend this pack.
For some years I have been carrying the Golite Pinnacle (women’s) pack. Although ideal for overnight trips, backpacking for several days, with the additional food load was proving uncomfortable. In 2012 on the TGO Challenge I got very bruised hips and shoulders, so I decided to go for a slightly heavier pack this year which had a more substantial back/hip strap system, thinking that the carry should be better. The Grand Tour 55 seemed to fit my requirements. What I was looking for: • Low pack weight • Comfortable hip belt • Shoulder straps which would not bruise me • Capacity to carry my gear, including up to four days of food • Pockets to carry my food for the day (so I did not have to open the pack repeatedly) my water filter bottle, my Trailstar when it was wet and sandals for stream crossings I had seen the ‘aqua’ and orange version of the pack in a shop, but hated the colour combination. I found the black and ‘kiwi’ version at Backpackinglight and decided this was preferable. Initial Impression The pack arrived a few days before I was due to set off on TGOC 2013. First impressions were that the pack was huge. Also, the contrast between the black of the bag and the lime green trim was lurid. I couldn’t wait for it to get a bit dirty! There seemed to be lots of straps and chords, which I found confusing after the simplicity of the roll-top Pinnacle, and I wondered if it was a bit over engineered. I did a trial packing and found the novel draw chord grips (called the ‘Cord Lord’ quick release mechanism ) a bit confusing, but realised that before long they would become familiar. I was happy about capacity – especially about the top ‘buddy pocket’ pocket, which took everything I wanted in terms of food for the day, as well as my ‘might need it’ things such as midge repellent/sunscreen/etc. One of the front stash stretch pockets took my Trailstar and the other took sandals. The lower stretch mesh pockets were a bit more problematic. I have a ‘Travel Tap’ water filter, which was too tall for the pocket to hold it securely. I was worried that although it would sit in the pocket, if the pack was not upright it might get dislodged. As I do not like to carry the weight of more than a litre of water, I rely on the filter, and want it easily accessible during the day. After some thought I got out my sewing things and stitched an extension to the pocket that was to hold the ‘Travel Tap’, adding some bungee chord and one of the chord locks (that were around the shoulder strap for accessories) to draw the pocket top down over the bottle. There are excellent pockets on the hip belt. They are accessible whilst on the move, and of a useful size. Packing to go out for real for the first time I discovered a design fault. The ‘H2Otop right tube opening’ was not big enough for the bite valve of my platypus to pass through. In two minds about whether to disassemble the valve from the hose or not I decided that I would instead ‘adjust’ the size of the opening with my penknife. Some careful surgery made the hole big enough – but I would have liked hole to have been manufactured to a reasonable size in the first place. I have used the platypus with four other packs over the years (Berghouse, Vango, Deuter and Golite) and not met this problem before. Verdict after completing The TGO Challenge 2013. I struggled for the first couple of days to get this pack adjusted correctly. To begin with I must have been carrying it too low on my hips, but eventually found a better place, and suddenly my grumbles disappeared. I found that the shoulder strap adjusters were very useful, changing the tension each day as my load altered (e.g, through weight of food being carried.) I liked the way it settled in snugly to my back, feeling secure when I was on rough ground. By the time I got to Braemar I was carrying the pack comfortably all day, with very few niggles. (Last year I had struggled throughout)
The chest harness has a novel new type of clip. To begin with this really annoyed me, but after a couple of days I got used to the way to fasten it and really liked the quick-pull release.
As expected, I quickly got used to the various straps and chords on the pack, and before long could find anything with my eyes closed.
I carry my gear in various dry bags, so was not obsessed about keeping the inside of the pack dry, however it seemed to be reasonably weather proof.
I LOVED the shoulder straps. One of my pet hates is hitching a pack onto one shoulder and then having to fish about with the second hand to get into the pack properly. With this pack the strap is somewhat ‘pre-formed’ and seems to hold itself open perfectly for you to slide in. A little thing, but when you are in and out of the pack for 10 or more hours a day for days on end it is important!
Something else I loved was the stretchy lid side panels. I have had problems in the past when a pack lid would not sit properly, but this one was very easy to get into place correctly, even when several days load of food meant it was a bit over full.
Travelling up to Scotland for TGOC 2013 the pack had been on the ‘floor’ in the luggage compartment of a coach for many hours, and a hole was worn in one of the stretch mesh pockets where there had been something hard inside. I stitched this up on arrival and had no further problems, but in future will make sure it travels on the back rather than the front of the pack.
On day ten of the Challenge I had a minor disaster. The clip on the hip-belt failed. One of the plastic prongs deformed and the belt would not clip up fully. Luckily (or not) this has happened to me before, so I carry a spare belt clip in my repair kit. I was able to remove the old one by carefully unpicking stitching with my penknife and stitching in the new clip before it got dark in camp that night.
Conclusion For me, this pack is close to perfection. It carries my gear comfortably, feels secure on my back and seems to resist the Scottish weather. I have got used to the various straps, clips and chords. Did the lime green bits of the bag ‘tone down’? Yes – a bit.
Final verdict I think I have a winner here for multi day trips.