A guide to the best adventure packs this winter

Looking for a pack you can take with you on your adventures this winter? Not sure where to begin? Keep reading to discover the Montane pack that promises to become your ultimate outdoor companion in the coming months…

A trusty pack is essential for winter adventures! Not only is it the place you’ll stash all your tasty snacks to help keep you fuelled en route, it’s a vital item to store your extra kit and emergency gear (especially important during colder, darker days when the weather can be temperamental.) At Montane our packs have been engineered for endurance, performance and comfort. But with so much choice it can feel a little overwhelming to know which pack is right for you. 

So first things first, ask yourself which activity you’re looking to head out on. Are you a hiker, climber or a runner? It may seem obvious, but establishing this is important as we design packs for a wide range of outdoor pursuits and understand each activity requires slightly different features. Ultimately we want you to make the most of your chosen adventure and believe the right pack will help enhance your experiences outdoors and make them even better!

Best packs for: Hiking

Azote backpack on a winter hike | Montane

Azote 32 backpack
Ideal for longer days in the hills, or overnight adventures! A fully adjustable and highly breathable back system means you’ll have comfort on the move. The Azote also comes bursting with handy features and useful compartments to store your hiking essentials. From handy inner and outer lid pockets, to front stretch pocket and pole/ axe holders, you can cram so much into this pack. Even better? This backpack is also made with recycled fabrics.

Mezzo 22L backpack
A great daysack option for a wide range of walking abilities. Featuring a padded back and straps, offers enhanced comfort on your pressure points as you walk. This is a great all-round pack guaranteed to keep you right on your winter hikes. We find the open stash pocket particularly useful for stowing maps. Walking pole attachment and hydration bladder compatibility also make this great for more advanced hikers too.

Best packs for: Running

Gecko vest pack on a run in the hills | Montane

VIA Gecko VP+
For those eager to push their running boundaries in 2022, a vest pack is a great lightweight option to help you go further, faster. The VIA Gecko VP+ offers the ultimate race day or training item, with lots of useful storage compartments to stash your essentials comfortably whilst on the move, including 2x 500ml Montane UltraFlasks™ which come with the vest! It’s so lightweight and snug fitting many reviewers say they forget they even have it on.

Best packs for: Fastpacking

Trailblazer back pack in the mountains | Montane

Trailblazer 8
Looking for even more storage space whilst you run? Whilst this running pack offers you the opportunity to take more essentials out with you, it doesn’t compromise on performance or comfort. Specifically designed to hug your body, the Trailblazer provides less distractions and more horizons. 

Trailblazer 25
For a highly versatile pack equally useful whilst fastpacking or hiking for a few days, size up with this Trailblazer option. Whilst still benefiting from a body hugging fit, even more storage compartments make this the ideal option for those who like to carry more on the move. Also available as a women’s specific pack.

Best packs for: Climbing

Climbing pack with rope | Montane

Rock up 20L pack
Equally suited to help you carry all the kit you’ll need to a multi-day pitch, or a jaunt to the local climbing wall! The Rock Up has dedicated space for your rope as well as multiple gear clip loops and external attachment points for additional gear. A streamlined design also provides freedom of movement for ease of access to your essentials.

Transition 60L Holdall Kit bag
Planning a big climbing expedition in the coming months? Be sure to take this reliable hold all along for the adventure. Built with durable, water resistant materials this is a climbing kit bag that  allows you to cram in all your climbing staples. Stowable rucksack shoulder straps and alternate side grab handles make this highly versatile and practical, depending on your needs.

Looking for more inspiration? We have tons more packs to choose from, including a range of dry bags to help keep your valuables stored safely whilst on the move in changeable conditions. Browse our website to discover your perfect pack today.