Montane Medusa (2012)

Not content with making great waterproof jackets, Montane has added a small range of rucksacks to its product line for 2012. The Medusa is a lightweight sack at just 913g and yet it has enough features to make it a practical experience rather than a minimalist choice on the hill. The sack is based around a moulded back panel that is just about stiff enough to allow easy packing and to maintain the sack’s shape when it is partially loaded, although personally I’d like a little more stiffness here. The back panel is moulded to allow some airflow and it is a very comfortable carry. The clothing design heritage of Montane is clear in the lid design as it has a good stretch panel around the sides that allows it to be quick to close and yet a neat fit over the main opening of the pack. The body of the sack is fairly minimalist with just a pair of wand pockets and compression straps, but these do work well and for general hillwalking are ideal, unless of course you prefer side pockets too, which this sack does not have. For mountaineers there is also a twin ice axe holder, while walkers will welcome the relatively deep and easy-to-use snow lock extension to the main compartment.

Weight 913g
Capacity 32 litres
Compartments 1
External zipped pockets 1
Wand pocket yes
Hydration pocket yes
Floating lid no
Back lengths one size
Women’s version no
Website www.montane.co.uk

 

Verdict

The Montane Medusa 32 is a great hillwalker’s sack at a good weight, although some will prefer side pockets and perhaps a slightly stiffer back. It won Trail’s ‘Best Value’ award.

 

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine July 2012