The Montane VIA Bite 1 is a stretch fit trail running waist pack, updated with CONTACT Flyte Mesh Air which is faster drying, retains less moisture and is skin/shell friendly.
Lightweight ergonomic belt for short to moderate trail runs. Featuring a central one litre storage capacity for essentials on the move and two side pockets with stretch mesh, compatible with the Montane SoftFlask™ 250ml and updated with a lighter weight, more breathable Contact Flyte Mesh Air with the addition of POLYGIENE® permanent odour control. The Bite 1 securely hugs the waist with a stretch fit that limits movement and ensures comfort on the trail.
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From 2018 Montane updated all of the Freelight Chassis in the VIA Trail Series packs with a lighter CONTACT Flyte Mesh Air which is faster drying, retains less moisture and is skin/shell friendly, causing less pilling to baselayers. They have also been updated with POLYGIENE permanent odour control to ensure the packs stay odour free for longer (unique to Montane VIA Trail Series).
The waist pack has a few innovations not seem anywhere else, the belt closure is achieved using a wide velcro elasticated strap which is simplicity itself to take on and off. There's a central zipped pouch flanked by two mesh pockets - both will take one of Montane's 250ml soft water bottles (not included).
Despite its very light weight its a tough little pack, nicely made, comfortable belt with just enough storage for an ultralight windshirt and a few energy bars.
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear