Montane Ultra Tour 22 (2013)

Following the success of Montane’s recent addition of rucksacks to its range of clothing comes the Ultra Tour 22, a pack that was designed to meet the needs of Montane’s 100 mile Ultra Tour of the Lake District, which is usually completed in around 24 hours. The pack features an unusual rolltop closure for better protection in the rain; you’ll still need a waterproof rucksack liner, though, as the main compartment seams are not sealed, so I am not really sure of the benefit of this design. The Montane Ultra Tour 22’s back system is interesting in that it has a moulded back panel to provide some comfort in contact areas, but it has very little stiffening, so extra care is needed to pack it without anything sticking into your back. The hipbelt and shoulder straps are quite wide and mesh-lined, which makes them very comfortable and so if carefully packed this is comfy on the back. The only external pockets are on the hipbelt, which may not be ideal if you like to have a map or guidebook in an easy-to-access pocket on your rucksack. But you do get three useful stretch mesh pockets and compression straps. The real attraction of the Montane Ultra Tour 22 is the weight of just 561g.

Capacity 22 litres
Weight 561g
Internal compartments 1
External zipped pockets 2
Wand pockets yes
Hydration pocket yes
Men’s/unisex back sizes one size
Women’s back size no
Website www.montane.co.uk

 

Verdict

The Montane Ultra Tour 22’s unusual design won’t be to everyone’s taste so it is very much a considered purchase for the hillwalker wanting a lightweight pack.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine August 2013