I’ve had a few comments about this so I thought I’d do a quick heads-up before my full review next month. On test for the past while, this is the new Montane Ultra Tour 22.
It’s a 22litre adventure pack, I should probably say race pack, but it’s better featured than most race packs meaning less compromises for a user on a less crazy agenda. Doesn’t mean extra weight, the Ultra weighs F/A, the amount of F/A I’ll confirm later in the review when I empty it. It’s sitting full of kit just as it has been for a while now, it’s a go-to pack for both me and Joycee.
It’s a roll top, something I always like and has two different closure methods, strapped down the side or circled on the top which gives you the most capacity. Storage options are both many and useful. Axes and poles have clips and loops, there’s a hydration sleeve inside, zipped pockets on the hip fins, big bottle pockets at the side and a big helmet pocket on the front panel which alternatively takes a wad of kit.
The back system is is a molded thing which has some non-slippiness to it and some channels for some sweat escaping to happen. It’s also nice and long, most packs this capacity are short things that fasten up around your ribs, not the Ultra, it fits me fine. I’ll maybe do some back comparisons to other packs for the review.
That’ll do for now, there’s lots to go over on the pack and I’ll do that soon. There’s a lot of interest in the Ultra and rightly so, I mean, look how happy that old guy is holding it. More soon.