Montane Trailblazer 44 Litre Rucksack

44 Litres / Internal Frame / Hydration Compatible
Weighs 990g
Code: SS19686
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  • RRP £109.99
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Those clever Montane people have combined a vest harness and hip belt to produce a mountain marathon or ultralight backpacking rucksack that teems with features yet boasts an adjustable back, stiffened framesheet and weighs in at just 990grams - we like it.

Montane says:

When self-sufficiency is key, the Trailblazer® 44 allows you to move fast and light over long-distance mountain trails, where low-weight, stability and quick access to your kit is essential. The innovative Montane® COVALENT harness delivers a customisable, body-hugging fit without restricting movement. With a plentiful 44-litre storage capacity and a multitude of pockets, it offers easy access to hydration, food and essential kit while on the move.

A quick look at the weight versus capacity of Montane's Trailblazer 44 Litre Rucksack might suggest its fairly unremarkable - there are certainly lighter 44 Litre packs out there, but when you look at design, carry and what you get feature-wise the pack stands out like a beacon. Montane have combined a vest style carry harness with a padded hipbelt to produce what is surely one of the most stable packs available - ideal for runners, mountain marathoners and fastpackers.

44 Litres is enough for a backpacking load if you like fast and light and have the gear to support it and Montane have paid particular attention to accessibility of gear, so there are two zipped strap pockets and two very generous zipped mesh pockets on the hipbelt that continue round onto the sides of the main compartment - in a great piece of desiggn. There's a further external pocket on the main bag for wet tent, waterproofs or anything else you want out side of the main compartment. There are further zipped pockets inside and out although useability may be compromised by how full the main compartment is.

In addition to all these carrying options there's a supportive aluminium stave in the back panel and you can even adjust the back length to suit. A plastic framesheet and foam panel completes the harness system and keeps the load supported and off your back.

The Trailblazer 44 is aimed at mountain marathon type of activity but would be equally suitable for ultralight backpacking providing the overall weight is within sensible limits. The fact that the load is spread between the shoulders and hips suggests it wouldn't be suitable to carry heavy loads for long distances - but for the activity its aimed at its brilliant.

- Reviewed by BasecampGear

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  • Customisable, body-hugging COVALENT harness 
  • Structured, easily adjustable ZephyrAD back system 
  • Pre-curved, lightweight, central aluminium frame 
  • Two off-centre Montane Click and Go chest harness straps 
  • Two harness pockets with security zips 
  • Accessible, wrap-around wand pockets with security zips
  • Front zipped pocket and stretch pocket external storage 
  • ‘Z’ shaped side compression straps 
  • Front daisy chain with reflective detailing
  • Front and under arm pole carry system
  • Weight: 990g
  • One size: Adjustable
  • Capacity: 44 Litres
  • Maximum dimensions (cm): 57 (H) / 30 (W) / 26 (D)

Materials

  • RAPTOR Cross Lite 70 Denier fabric 
  • RAPTOR Resistance 210 Denier base panels 
  • CONTACT Air Mesh Plus on harness
  • CONTACT Open Mesh back panel
  • HALO lining
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Review Summary - 5 out of 5 based on 1 rating.
July 11, 2020 | Yogabob
Trailblazer 44

If you want one pack to do everything except long multi-day backpacks ie. anything up to 3 or 4 days/nights, this is the one. I have many ultra light and several ‘heavier lightweights’ like old Golite packs, and the 44 is in this latter category. Anything around the 1kg mark that has the features this pack has, plus the utterly excellent carry, has to be a serious contender for Best All Round Pack, ever! I happily used Golites for years for their weight-durability-usability and not bad carry. The Trailblazer is the best carry I have come across. It almost loses a star for complex design... but you can’t have everything I guess. Durability can’t be assessed yet, but it doesn’t feel as robust as a Golite, but only time will tell. I wonder what it would weigh if it was made with the Golite-type fabric... Enough subjectivity! Buy this pack - after you have ‘learned’ its idiosyncrasies (it uses several less instinctive devices, or rather, not quite as orthodox as many) and put any doubts about construction and durability behind you (see what I did there?! Not deliberately either)

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