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Montane Cobra 25 Rucksack Review

Montane Cobra 25 Rucksack

The Cobra 25 Rucksack from Montane has really been put through it’s paces over the past few months, from the odd ramble to long arduous days out in the mountains.  “How has performed…” I hear you cry.  Well, if you’d like to find out whether it’s a really winner, read on…

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If you’re in the market for a lightweight, versatile day sack that can adapt to almost any situation your ship may have finally come in.

Versatility is synonymous with Montane and the Cobra 25 pack is no exception to this.  Conceived and engineered to the pinnacle of adaptability the Cobra 25 IS the most versatile of  MONTANE® pack range.  Lighter than a butterfly and more functional than a… well, Swiss Army knife perhaps, the Cobra 25 able to take on almost any mountain during the day and flexible enough to be equally at home across a broad range of mountain activities.

Tipping the scales at flyweight 873grams when empty, unless you’re loading this thing with bricks it isn’t going to feel cumbersome and slow you down; testament to maxim Montane live by “Further, Faster…”  Not only this, the Cobra 25 boasts a waterproof shell, comfort back pad for a snug fit and their “Dual Tool” ice axe and walking pole attachment system making it the ideal companion throughout all the seasons.

The double tension waist harness greatly improves stability and equalises pack weight whilst on the move, yet another tick in the comfort box.  Two features we particularly like are the grab handle which makes picking the pack up easy and the addition of internal storm flaps for all zippers AND drainage holes.  A great way to minimise the effect of water ingress.

The Double tension waist harness for extra stability and pack weight equalisation really adds to the comfort factor of the pack. You even get internal storm flaps behind all zippers to reduce water ingress and drainage holes at each end of zip as well. Montane really have thought of everything when designing this day pack.

So to answer the original question, it’s performed remarkably well!  A real all rounder that doesn’t skimp on quality or features and will see you through all but the most extreme of situations.

We’ll be testing the Cobra 25 from Montane further over the coming months, however  refer to the “First Impressions” tab for further information.

Or checkout the Montane website for further details:

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A Rucksack is one of those items that can experience a great of abuse, so you need to know before parting with your hard earned cash you’re investing in something that won’t fall apart after just a few outings.

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The Cobra 25 from Montane doesn’t disappoint in this respect as it is constructed from RAPTOR TL fabric in the main body which is tough yet exceptionally lightweight and extremely tear resistant.  Something I’ve put to the test with the occasional coming together of fabric and rock.  We’ll say no more.  This tough exterior protection extends out to the base also, where you’ll find an even great level of protection in the form of RAPTOR UTL or “Ultra Tough” re-enforcement.  This things means business!

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It’s not uncommon to associate “built like tank” with a distinct lack of features and versitility, no so with the Cobra 25.  It even comes Hydration compatible, with a flap allowing the tube to exit

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And a nifty little clip to stop the hydration tube waving around.

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A large double zippered side and top opening to main pack compartment means accessing items at the bottom of your pack is far easier

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As we already stated, versatility is synonymous with Montane and it never ceases to amaze us how numerous and rich with clever little features their products are such as storage pockets for cameras, gloves, compass’s

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and any other item of value you care to mention, such as a lanyard for your keys.

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The Moulded MONTANE® ‘Comfort Back Pad’ features channels that help to wick sweat and rainwater away from the body and provide additional ventilation

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A flat chest harness with left hand clip means you can say goodbye to buckle pressure across your chest

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All of these comfort features, which have been carefully considered, adding to and greatly improving the enjoyment of any outing; be that a grueling winter ascent and fast prolonged summer event.  Even the design of positioning of the “Dual Tool” reversed clean technical ice axe

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and walking pole attachment systems have been carefully thought out

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Ice axes can be reversed to an ‘Alpine safe’ position for increased safety when moving.

Montane is a brand we know and love here at WalkHikeClimb as we feel their products are innovative, ergonomic, robust and always aesthetically pleasing.  They’re a consistent and quality manufacturer who can always be relied upon.

RAPTOR UTL

100% nylon micro filament
Abrasion resistance 50,000+ at 12.5k PA (BS EN ISO 12947-2)
DWR finish with a grade 4 rating
500 denier with the qualities of a 1,000 denier fabric
Exceptionally tough and abrasion resistant

RAPTOR TL

100% nylon air texturised micro filament
Abrasion resistance 50,000+ at 12.5k PA (BS EN ISO 12947-2)
DWR finish with a grade 5 rating
Very lightweight and tough
Tensile strength twice its weight

HALO

100% nylon
PU coating gives 1,500mm+ hydrostatic head
Abrasion resistance 50,000+ at 12.5k PA (BS EN ISO 12947-2)
DWR finish with a grade 5 rating
Nylon rip-stop for durability

GRANITE STRETCH

209g/m² 90.5% nylon, 9.5% Spandex double weave fabric
Tough nylon outer weave adds abrasion resistance
Soft inner double weave face offers great next to skin comfort
Spandex yarns give the fabric four way stretch properties
The DWR finish wards off light showers of rain

CONTACT Mesh

100% Polyester mesh
Soft touch
Kind against waterproof shell

  • Constructed from RAPTOR TL fabric in the main body which is tough yet exceptionally lightweight. Featuring a superb DWR and tear resistance
  • RAPTOR UTL ultra tough, lightweight base panel prevents abrasion against rock surfaces
  • Waterproof shell friendly CONTACT Mesh on the shoulder straps and MONTANE® ‘Comfort Back Pad’ facings prevent abrasion on shell clothing when the pack is full to capacity and with heavy use
  • Moulded MONTANE® ‘Comfort Back Pad’ features channels that wick sweat and rainwater away from the body and give additional ventilation
  • ‘Dual Tool’ reversed clean technical ice axe and walking pole attachment system. Ice axes can be reversed to an ‘Alpine safe’ position for increased safety when moving
  • Large double zippered side and top opening entry point to main pack body for excellent access to contents
  •  Features internal storm flap behind all zippers to reduce water ingress and drainage holes at each end of zip
  • ‘Buddy pocket’ with double zips for front access whilst on the move and zip garages to tuck zip heads away
  • Large front easy grab handle for lifting pack from the ground
  • Flat chest harness with left hand clip prevents bulky buckles over the sternum and increases comfort
  • Symmetrical single hand side compression pulls to lock down and hold pack contents in place
  • Reversible locking webbing buckles
  • Body curve hip fins for strong comfort and stability when on the move
  • Double tension waist harness for extra stability and pack weight equalisation
  • GRANITE STRETCH tough bucket side pockets for water bottle and additional storage
  • Internal zippered security pocket
  • Right hip headtorch, gel shot, energy bar, GPS, mobile phone etc. stash pocket
  • Left hip gear loop for clipping items of equipment whilst on the move
  • Front central and arm harness gear loops
  • Quality nylon webbing used throughout
  • Includes drawcords that can be affixed to front loops for additional stretch front storage
  • H²O top right tube opening and internal bladder storage
  • Arm harness H²O tube attachment
  • MONTANE® custom made glove and mitt friendly zip pulls
  • Top load easy grab handle
  • 360° ‘DUSK TILL DAWN’ head torch reflectivity at lower rear of pack in optimum position

Well, what else were you expecting…

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Montane always find the perfect blend between application, build quality, aesthetics and value for money.

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The Cobra 25 exemplifies these qualities superbly and with ease.  If you’re in the market for a lightweight, versatile day sack that can adapt to almost any situation your ship may have finally come in.  They’ll be pistols at dawn as to who gets to use this great piece of kit, make sure you’re up early…

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