This pack I'm sure will hit the spot with many lightweight fans, as the features are well thought out, the weight is perfect and the price is just fantastic!
The fact that it includes an adjustable back system, which comes without much of a weight penalty, if at all, is great. So you can get the right fit for you and anyone else in the family.
The main pocket is capacious and the long neck of the roll top allows for a sudden increase in load, when you do a food drop or store bulky clothing for example. The neck has a male/female catch at each side of the roll top so can be cinched down either side of the pack, or together at the top.
Inside the main pocket is a handy small zipped pocket to keep your wallet, keys and important items you don't want falling to the bottom of the pack.
Between the front mesh pocket, which will take plenty of wet gear and the main body is another zipped deep pocket, ideal for maps and thinner items to be stored.
With an adjustable back system, the main issue is often the hip belt pockets, which can disappear around your hips if you are like me tall and broad, as the harness is lengthened. However Montane have cleverly solved this by angling the zipped pockets so they are further back on the hipbelt itself. Hard to describe, but it means you can reach back at an angle of 45% on both sides and access two very large and deep stretch areas, which will store hats and gloves galore.
There are many other little touches which users will love I'm sure, such as the hidden pole clips on the front or under arm. The mesh chest harness pockets big enough for phones and tech gear and the dual chest brace straps, ideal for the female form.
Finally the metal stay is easy to remove so if you want a frameless bag to roll up and take travelling you have that option.
Personally I would think that a load of 12kg would be about the max it would take to be comfortable, due to the thinner belt support and shoulder harness. But this sits very nicely for the lightweight fans, as they tend to be between 8 and 10kg when doing weekend or longer trips.
Did I mention the price? Because that's why we love it!
This is what the manufacturers say ...
When self-sufficiency is key, the Trailblazer® 44 allows you to move fast and light over long-distance mountain trails, where low-weight, stability and quick access to your kit is essential. The innovative Montane® COVALENT harness delivers a customisable, body-hugging fit without restricting movement. With a plentiful 44-litre storage capacity and a multitude of pockets, it offers easy access to hydration, food and essential kit while on the move.
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