Small and mighty Montane

TLDR: A great lightweight and comfortable alternative to a day pack for a short day if conditions allow. It has 4 pockets along with two side pouches for the two 500ml bottles supplied with the pack.

  • Provides a total of 6l of storage.
  • Water resistant but as the seams are not taped and the zips are standard, sensitive gear needs to be in a waterproof bag.

The Montane Featherlite 6 is a recent addition to my kit cupboard. I wanted something as a light day pack for shorter hikes where I need minimal kit without a full pack on my shoulders – no matter how small.

As the name suggests this is a 6 litre pack and it comes with the two 500ml bottles as shown.

This is the only pack I own that fits on the kitchen scales and it weighs in at 430g.

The harness utilises Montane’s “Air Mesh Plus” system on the harness with i wide belt with two straps each side terminating in a single belt clip.You can also see the top loop which along with the 4 loops on the front of the bag provide attachment points for other items such as a waterproof jacket in a stuff sack.

Once adjusted properly this pack sits on the hip very comfortably and in my opinion it is more comfortable than a traditional small day pack.

In addition to the two elasticated pockets for the water bottles, which have a neat elastic retainer to ensure the bottles stay in the pack, there are two pockets in the main body and a pocket on each side of the waist strap.

A USB battery goes in the front pocket and there is still room for more small items.

I use the main top-opening pocket to hold tech, snacks and a map / guidebook. Last time out that included a wrap, 2 snack bars and a bag of trail mix and one of the bottles as I used one of the bottle pockets to hold my Joby TelePod and Rode VideoMicro microphone. Even with my pocket First Aid kit in the mix too there was still a little space to spare. At the back of the main pocket there is a slip pocket a little larger than a passport. This pocket also has a key clip.
The left side mesh side pockets on the belt has a zip, I use this for my Panasonic Lumix DC-FT7 camera (it’s everything proof). On the right there is an open mesh pocket which is great for a Silva Compass.
Overall I like this bag, as I said earlier it is really comfortable to wear and the pockets are reachable without having to take it off. Whilst it is “heavily water repellent” to quote the response I had from Montane Customer Service, it would really benefit from some kind of rain cover – it’s a little niggle I happily ignore.

Here’s my summer lowland walk load out for this pack, the only addition is a waterproof jacket which packs into its own pocket and hangs off one of the kit loops on the pack via a small carabiner and the packet of peanut M&Ms I ate setting up the shot (oops!).

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