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Montane Trailblazer 30

£85 www.montane.com

This pack has been designed by simplifying various elements so that it weighs only 800g. The back system is adjusted quickly and simply using Velcro, the hip belt has limited padding but retains its comfort and the fabric is lightweight. In addition to the main compartment, accessed from the top, the straps, lid, sides and front are covered in a soft and stretchy mesh fabric which provides additional pocket space. The result is a bag with lots of storage options. The stretchy pocket on the front is great for stowing items quickly such as drinks bottles or spare layers. Two zipped pockets on the front straps provide easy access for small items, particularly snacks and keys. The two zipped side pockets, which can be reached without removing the bag, were great for slightly larger items. There are compression straps to reduce the bulk if it isn’t completely full. The zip pulls are all easy to use when wearing gloves. The only issue was that while it was generally tough and durable, it did sustain a couple of rips on the mesh fabric of the side pockets during testing.

Review by Jen Roberts @jenroberts70