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Montane Featherlite 23

£65 www.montane.co.uk

At 599g, the featherlite understandably wears it’s weight rating on its sleeve. It’s particularly impressive given that the large main compartment feels considerably bigger than the claimed 23-litres when in use. Beyond that, you’ve also got a nicely judged oval-shaped lip pocket, into which the entire pack can be folded (minus the removable foam back panel) as well as four mesh pockets on the hip belt and sides, compression straps, and a slender axe/pole attachment too. Outside of those features, the pack feels very much designed to reach the lowest possible weight whilst still remaining useable to walkers, scramblers and climbers. Consequently the soft back system is very malleable by the pack’s contents, and intelligent packing is required to maximise comfort when in use. The novel sternum strap, which clips into any part of a 15cm long tab for a gender neutral fit is a great touch and outside of that the shoulder strap system is moderately well-ventilated, quick-drying and reasonably comfortable.

VERDICT: Low in weight and high in capacity, though delicate to adjust for comfort. 

BEST FOR: Fast and light summiteers. 

Review by Dan Aspel @danaspel