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Montane Grand Tour 70 Litre Backpack

70 Litres / Internal Frame / Hydration Compatible
Weighs 1724g (Med/Lge size)
Code: SS15353
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Montane's Grand Tour 70 pack is brimming with features such as dual compartments, side access to main compartment, pockets galore and a proven comfortable harness system. It achieves all this while still remaining lightweight.

Montane says:

For such a lightweight pack, the Grand Tour 70 is revolutionary in its load carrying comfort. Created for the celebrated, ultra long backpacking routes of the world, this pack is the pinnacle of large load carrying rucksack design. With its 70 litre capacity and with careful planning, it can enable long, unsupported stints in the wilderness; perfect for routes with limited resupply potential.

Featuring ‘hockey stick’ side water resistant zips for separate compartment entry and large external stretch mesh gear bellows, this pack allows for efficient kit organisation whilst out in the field; and enables prompt and easy access to key items. The Grand Tour 70 is a lightweight and comfortable workhorse wilderness backpack.

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Montane's Grand Tour 70 Litre pack builds on the success of the 55 Litre version, and essentially its the same harness with a bigger and redesigned bag, although they have added some stability straps linking the main bag with the hipbelt. These are especially important for larger loads and I found the 55 Litre pack would roll a bit when fully loaded.

The hipbelt has also been beefed up with thicker, softer padding - again consistent with carrying larger, heavier loads.

We think the 55Litre pack is too heavy, with more attention to features that you don't really need adding weight then to creating a truly lightweight load carrier - the Grand Tour 70 however gets closer to the 'lightweight' category and is a good choice if you want the extra features that it provides, such as a separate compartment at the bottom of the pack that would take a sleeping bag - and the side access zipper giving access to the main compartment without loosening the lid.

Montane have retained the pair of zipped mesh pockets on the outside of the pack which are slightly more usable than those on the 55Litre version because they are bigger, however the classic large single pouch that you find on many backpacking rucksacks works better for us - there's a reason why it appears on so many packs.

Ultimately this is a comfortable lightweight load carrier that would suit people who want a feature laden pack that with use will keep them and their gear organised, and yet still manages to get into the lightweight category. We've included a review of the 55Litre pack below because it includes comments relative to the 70 litre version.

Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear

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  • Constructed from ultra lightweight RAPTOR ZERO fabric that provides an incredibly lightweight yet strong and tough pack body. Features a superb DWR and formidable tear resistance
  • RAPTOR UTL ultra tough, lightweight base panel prevents abrasion against rock surfaces
  • Waterproof shell friendly CONTACT Mesh on the shoulder straps and MONTANE ‘Comfort Back Pad’ facings prevent abrasion on shell clothing when the pack is full to capacity and with heavy use
  • GRANITE STRETCH skirt lid side panels give a clean fabric hugging lid closure and additional storm protection with a sleek shape
  • Moulded MONTANE ‘Comfort Back Pad’ features channels that wick sweat and rainwater away from the body and give additional ventilation
  • ‘VertErgo Tour’ back system provides strength, comfort and support with load carrying over long distances. This unique back system is extremely lightweight and can be removed for additional ultra weight saving and minimalism. It can be shaped to fit the user’s back for a specific tailored fit
  • ‘Hockey stick’ curved matte Aqua Guard zips run down the side of the pack and underside for quick access into large pack body compartments; one way zip on side, two way zip on base compartment
  • Pack body separated by divider into two compartments to aid organisation of expedition kit
  • Features a pre-curved horizontal aluminium bar across the top of the back panel which provides structure for top tension straps to torque off. This bar is pre-curved so that the pack does not inhibit head movement
  • Two shoulder top tension straps allow the pack weight to be pulled close to the body and control the pack stability for the required terrain. Two levels allow top tension straps to be adjusted for a more specific fit
  • Two large stretch mesh front stash pockets allow for storage of wet kit (for instance, a tent or tarp flysheet) whilst on the move, keeping moisture away from dry essentials
  • Large top ‘buddy pocket’ for front access whilst on the move, perfect for storage of guide books etc. and large enough for storage of an OS map
  • 'Buddy pocket’ also features an internal mesh security pocket
  • Top lid height is extendable to increase volume when packing oversized loads
  • Two stretch mesh lower side pockets for storage of extra items such as water bottles
  • Two walking pole attachment elastic loops with cordlock adjustment at the lower rear of the pack. Additional side sleeves in upper compression strap for firm lock down of poles during dynamic body movement and for effective storage when not in use
  • Chest harness with left hand clip prevents bulky buckles over the sternum and increases comfort with its low profile
  • Four symmetrical single hand side compression straps pull around pack contents and help provide additional stability. Compression straps can be positioned under or over front mesh stash pockets
  • Wide mouth central opening with ‘Cord Lord’ quick release mechanism
  • Internal top compression over mouth opening for additional storage of kit
  • Extendable internal top sleeve for extra storm protection of contents with double compression closure on outside opening and internal sleeve opening with ‘Cord Lord’ quick release mechanism
  • Underside compression loops and buckles for additional storage of external kit
  • Space saving external top lid front pull allowing for good vertical pack compression
  • Elastic loops on shoulder harnesses for easy access to water bottles whilst on the move
  • Reversible mitt and glove friendly locking webbing buckles used throughout
  • Body curve hip fins for great comfort and strong stability whatever the terrain
  • Double tension waist harness for extra stability, pack weight equalisation and ease of use while on the move
  • Internal security pocket featuring vertical upside down zippered entry preventing coin and key loss. Also features a key clip
  • Right and left hip pockets for handy storage of GPS, mobile phone, headtorch, energy bar etc.
  • 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 for reliability over the pack’s lifetime
  • 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
  • MONTANE custom made glove and mitt friendly zip pulls
  • Top load easy grab hauling handle
  • 360° ‘DUSK TILL DAWN’ head torch reflectivity at lower rear of pack in optimum position
  • Fabric: RAPTOR ZERO
  • Reinforced base fabric: RAPTOR UTL
  • Back pad / shoulder straps / hip fins: CONTACT Mesh
  • Side pockets: GRANITE STRETCH
  • Lining fabric: HALO
  • Activities: Backpacking / Mountain Walking / High Trekking / Travel
  • S/M weighs: 1710g
  • M/L weighs: 1724g
  • S/M back length: 40-45cm
  • M/L back length: 45-53cm
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