Super-tough, ultra-lightweight, and customisable for the perfect fit - a pack designed to make long-term trekking much more comfortable.
Designed to make long distance kit-carrying simpler, easier and more comfortable, the Montane Grand Tour 55 Rucksack
is super-light and very tough, and can be tailored to fit you perfectly and give you the support you need.
Tough fabrics, reinforcement where it works, plentiful useful pockets, clever access and useful loops and fixings all come together to make your experience on a long trail less work and more fun. You'll find that you can fit in more kit - and carry it more easily - than you may be able to with other similiarly-sized rucksacks.
This rucksack is available in two sizes, S/M and M/L - click here to see the S/M version
Check the 'Info' tab above to see details about the adjustable 'VertErgo' back system
- Back length: 45cm - 53cm (18" - 21")
- Weight (approx.): 1,345g (47.4oz)
- Stripped weight (approx.): 1,162g (41oz)
- Lightweight RAPTOR Zero fabric - incredibly lightweight with a superb DWR and formidable tear resistance
- RAPTOR UTL ultra tough, lightweight base panel prevents abrasion against rock surfaces
- GRANITE STRETCH skirt lid side panels - fabric hugging lid closure and additional storm protection with a sleek shape
- Moulded MONTANE® ‘Comfort Back Pad’ with channels that wick sweat and rainwater away from the body and add ventilation
- ‘VertErgo Tour’ back system provides strength, comfort and support - extremely lightweight, it can be removed to save weight, and can be shaped/tailored to fit your back
- Pre-curved aluminium bar across the top of the back panel provides structure for top tension straps to torque off (does not inhibit head movement)
- Two shoulder top tension straps let you pull the pack weight close, to control stability
- Waterproof-shell-friendly CONTACT Mesh on the shoulder straps and ‘Comfort Back Pad’ facings prevent abrasion to your clothing, even with heavy use
- Two large front stash pockets, for wet kit
- Large top buddy pocket for front access whilst on the move (large enough for an OS map)
- Two large stretch mesh lower pockets
- Two elastic loops with cordlock adjustment (for walking poles) at the lower rear, additional side sleeves in upper compression strap - keep your poles in check when you're moving
- Chest harness with left hand clip prevents bulky buckles over the sternum
- Four symmetrical single hand side compression straps pull around pack contents for additional stability
- Wide mouth central opening with ‘Cord Lord’ quick release
- Internal top compression over mouth opening gives you additional storage if you need it
- Extendable internal top sleeve for extra storm protection, with double compression closure
- Space-saving external top lid, for good vertical pack compression
- Elastic loops on shoulder harnesses
- Reversible mitt and glove friendly locking webbing buckles, glove and mitt friendly zip pulls
- curve hip fins for great comfort and strong stability whatever the terrain
- Double tension waist harness
- Internal security pocket (with vertical upside down zip) for coins and key (with key clip)
- Right and left hip pockets
- Front central and two left and right high webbing gear loops
- Includes drawcords that can be affixed to front loops for additional stretch front storage
- Quality nylon webbing used throughout
- H²O top right tube opening and internal bladder storage sleeve
- Double head zip and two zip garages on buddy pocket
- Arm shoulder harness gear loops and H²O tube attachment
- Top load easy grab hauling handle
- 360° ‘DUSK TILL DAWN’ head torch reflectivity at lower rear of pack
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Fantastic, as long as it fits, 24 March 2016
By WillD (Bristol)
This bag is, quite simply, brilliant! Roomy, light, comfortable, stable, fantastic pocket designs from the lid to the wands on the side and on the hip belt. It fits me perfectly (at 6 ft). I took all my kit in to store in my old bag, and loaded various bags up, narrowing it down to this and the Osprey Exos . I am very glad I choose this over the Osprey Exos as it really copes with 15kg+ brilliantly. (I felt the Osprey was starting to struggle at 15kg when I loaded it up in store). Used it for three days in Scotland wild camping over 6 Munros in Glen Affric. As a teacher working with DofE Gold groups I have also used it as a very large day sack, carrying group kit - yes it was too large, but the compression straps made it very manageable with less kit than capacity. Unless you want a split main compartment, or ice axe loops then I would recommend it
Lightweight British manufacturing, 19 September 2014
By D (East Anglia)
I originally visited my local store after checking online that they still had Lightwave bags in stock. They didn't and hadn't for a long time (GO - you've really got to sort the synchronisation of your online and offline inventory systems, it happens too often.)
However. The guy who works in the Colchester store with plenty of DofE / wild camping experience and knows his bags saved the day for GO.
I narrowed my choice down to this pack and the Osprey Exos - another great back. The sales assistant was clearly an Osprey fan - the back cooling hammock system is certainly pretty compelling - but helped me look through the comparative features of both sacks.
I chose the Montane as a large capacity but very low weight four-season hiker. The back cooling system isn't as sophisticated as Osprey's for summer hikes, but it has proved extremely comfortable, as are the preformed 'hugging' hip straps and the neat chest strap.
Montane isn't reinventing the wheel here but all the materials used are a great balance of light and strong, while the whole feel of the thing is pleasing and inspires confidence. Little touches such as the rear facing buddy pocket with its deep sill, the excellent hip strap pockets for trail snacks, deep external webbing bottle pockets and the too large stretchy stows for damp gear all work a treat.
This bag isn't marketed as waterproof - you can see just by looking at a lot of the meshed materials that the emphasis is on weight not rain protection - and this didn't bother me as I planned to use dry bags inside anyway. However the main body material is actually 1000 hydrostatic head with impressive water shedding properties, and in a shower does keep the water out. This is a bonus though, great for those moments when you take a rest on wet ground, and not a promise of the back.
On the whole then - the bag feels good from the outset and performs even better. It's extremely light in itself, carries loads (I pack15kg) with comfort and balance, is intuitive to adjust on the move, and feels like a reliable and sensible companion on any hike or camp.
Down points? Well, it's very bright, so probably not one for the camo crowd (although actually the very bright orange interior makes looking for gear in twilight nice and easy. The 'innovative' draw cord system on the snorkel neck doesn't seem to over much benefit, but isn't a problem. Lightweight obvious does mean some trade-off in terms of ruggedness - I wasn't keen on pushing through blackthorn branches etc. although I had no reason to doubt it. Oh and although I don't use an internal rehydration system, apparently the inside sleeve for holding such bladders is short and not compatible with the most popular Camelbacks. Fortunately for me, it does have a chest strap clip system for water bottles.
All in all I'm very happy with a bag that sits neatly between by smaller daypack and my larger rugged travel rucksack.
Go Outdoors have the excellent salesperson in the Colchester store - who looked after me while also selling boots to a family - to thank for this sale. I was irritated by the fulfillment problem over Lightwave, but reassured and made happy by being able to talk to someone who genuinely knew their stuff. Nice.
montane grand., 11 December 2013
By robo (Manchester)
My partner bought me this as an early Christmas present and I'm so glad she did. It almost seems like its made specifically for me. Before this I was using a berghaus 45 litre rucksack and the grand seems able to carry twice as much kit but does not feel any heavier.its so comfy and with perfectly angled wand pockets you can grad a drink on the move or stash a bottle on the shoulder strap which isn't advertised on any review ive read. And ive read a few. The snow locks are just genious. No wonder you won't find any used ones on any auction sites. Price was the reasonI didn't get one earlier but its worth its weight in gold. Get one if you find one in store.
Almost flawless, 02 December 2013
By hungry27 (Salisbury)
I took this rucksack to Wales last week on a three-day trip and it coped easily with about 18kg. The back system is very comfortable, especially the hip belt which is well padded and feels secure even with such a heavy load. I had a 'lie down' (technical term) in a peat bog & the water repellent finished fabric kept everything inside dry. The front stash pockets were great for storing a sopping wet flysheet and the hip belt pockets are well placed for a camera or compass. There are numerous other excellent features - the buddy pocket for example, where the lid zip is facing out so that a companion can easily access it, or the 'cord lock' system which makes opening/closing easy even with heavy gloves.
My only minor niggle (although I'm pretty sure I'll get to like this as I get used to it) is that the chest harness has an unusual clip mechanism that meant I kept having to look down to ensure I was siting it properly. In principle it's a great idea as the buckle doesn't dig into your chest like other designs but it takes a bit of getting used to.
All in all, I cannot recommend this highly enough. If you're looking for a multiday rucksack which will cope with pretty much anything you can throw at it then you won't go far wrong with this.
This size chart should act as a guide only.
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|Inside Leg (Short) (cm)
|Inside Leg (Long) (cm)
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