Montane Climbs Into Backpacks

Montane Medusa 32 backpack

After 18 years of designing lightweight, high-performance mountain apparel, Montane has finally made the leap into backpacks. For Sping 2012, the initial line will include four backpacks, employing the same Montane design philosophy of lightweight yet highly functional. 

The foundation of the Montane backpack line is the Medusa 32 (pictured above), designed for various types of mountain ascents or backpacking. A unique Dual Tool system enables you to safely stow your ice tools either upright or upside down. The lightweight Raptor TL fabric provides extra durability, while a comfort pad at the back ensures you can wear the pack all day long.

The slightly smaller Cobra 25 is perfect for scrambling, winter mountain ascents or even ultra light backpacking. The Cobra uses the same Dual Tool system for storing both your ice tools and trekking poles. A large zippered opening lets you quickly and easily gain access to all your gear. 

Conceived during the Lakeland 100 ultra marathon, the Anaconda 18 is a true fast mountain pack. The lightweight comfort back pad and the single, large main compartment are designed for all day endurance and speed. 

Finally, the Batpack 6 is basically a fanny pack specifically created for trail and fell running. With the ability to hold all your food and hydration supplies for the day, the Batpack remains glued to your body, no matter how fast you are moving.

The Medusa 32 retails for £80/€95, the Cobra 25 for £70/€85, the Anaconda 18 for £60/€75, and the Batpack 6 for £40/€50. The complete Montane backpack line should be available sometime late winter. 

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