Best packs for summer

A pack is your adventure essential this summer - no matter what the activity. Make sure you carry the right pack to suit your needs with the help of this handy guide.

Summer has finally landed…which means it’s time to tick off all those adventures you have been plotting over recent months (or maybe even years!). Want to make sure you are well prepared in advance? Don’t miss this handy how to pack lightly guide from our ultra running athlete Howard Dracup.

Making sure you have the right pack to suit your needs is also important to help you explore comfortably and to carry all the essentials you need. But what makes a great pack? The fit is an important factor to consider and this typically varies depending on your chosen activity. Then there’s the features you’ll need to help you unlock your adventure’s potential - and ensure you have everything you need, whilst on the move.

Keep reading to discover which packs we think are perfect for your adventure needs. From walking, to running, climbing, biking and beyond - we’ve got you covered with our expertly engineered Montane pack range…

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Best all-round pack: Orbiton 20L & Orbiton 25-28L

With adjustable hip fins, this backpack can be adapted to suit a variety of activity needs, including cycling, walking and hiking. Complete with a handy protective laptop holder, the Orbiton is also a great option for active commuters. Available in 2 sizes, 20L & 25-28L - for those who need additional space. Don’t miss this Orbiton review, tested over a long weekend in New Zealand.

Orbiton backpack for walking | Montane

Best walking pack: Azote 25L

Whether you’re a serious hiker who enjoys exploring in the hills, or someone who loves more leisurely strolls in the rolling countryside - a comfortable daypack will help you go that extra mile! Cue the durable Azote backpack, available for men or with a womens specific fit in 24L, which benefits from an adjustable breathable back system, helping to keep you comfy when you’re on the move…

Azote walking backpack | Montane

Best running vest pack: Gecko VP+ 12

A revered running essential, designed to help you achieve more on the trail. The Gecko vest pack’s body hugging fit provides freedom of movement as you run. The addition of two 500ml Montane UltraFlasks™ and easy access bottle pockets to stash these, ensure you can easily hydrate on the move. We’ve also treated it with odour controlling Polygiene so you don’t have to worry about post-run smells on your pack.

Best pack for climbers: Ratio Rock 26L & Ratio Rock 36L

Developed in conjunction with the BMC (British Mountaineering Council), this is our go-to pack for climbers! The 26L backpack benefits from a separate compartment where you can stash your climbing shoes or chalk bag for ease of access. The Ratio Rock also comes with a handy laptop sleeve - making it a versatile option for those heading from work to the wall…or the crag! For those who love trad or sport climbing and are in need of more space for gear and ropes, we reccommend the larger 36L pack.

Ratio rock pack for climbing | Montane

Best fastpacking pack: Trailblazer 25L 

For those who are looking to take on longer runs or fastpacking on mountain trails, the Trailblazer pack is a great option (and also comes in a 24L womens fit.) Despite their low weight, they are feature-rich with plenty of pockets to stash all your running essentials, including a fast-access hydration bladder pocket. There are also multiple pole attachment points. The body hugging harness also ensures comfort on the move. Need some extra room for additional camping gear? The Trailblazer also comes in a 30L and a 44L version.

Trailblazer pack for fastpacking | Montane

Best lightweight pack: Trailblazer LT 20 & Trailblazer LT 28

Introducing our most lightweight packs to date! The Trailblazer LT's come available in 2 sizes and have been totally reconstructed, especially designed for people who demand the lowest weight, but who cannot compromise on their performance. This packs completely capture the ethos of our Made for More campaign this season and the technology is unpacked by our expert team.


Trailblazer LT for running | Montane

Best travel pack: Ratio Rock 36L

This larger Ratio Rock pack is not only great for climbers seeking more space to carry ropes, it also makes an ideal option for active adventurers looking for a comfortable and practical luggage solution on holiday. Tried, tested and loved by Montane HQ staff themselves - it doubles as a cabin bag on the plane, or a pack to head out and about with whilst you're on the move.

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