Great Walks reviews the Mont Sentinel 42/45 backpack.
A longstanding classic from this Canberra mob, the latest design iteration of the 1.6 kg Sentinel is as comfortable and robust as ever.
The SoloLite harness is a cunningly simple yet effective V-ridge panel reinforced by an HDPE sheet and two aluminium stays for structure.
It fitted snugly to my back and struck a good compromise between breathability, support and positioning the load close to the wearer’s centre of gravity. Coming in two back lengths, fine tuning is done via strap adjustment.
The hip belt was light yet effective, with climbing harness-style gear loops instead of pockets, although a small pocket on the shoulder strap acts as a handy stash for emergency scroggin.
The body is made of Australian DR80 canvas, very strong and water resistant. Adding to the durability theme, the front pocket is a stiff nylon as opposed to the usual stretch mesh, much more appropriate for Aussie bush conditions.
On the downside, the pole attachment loops positioning interferes with the closure straps, plus Mont have gone in for the same substitute flap as Osprey for when the main lid is removed, with the same drawbacks. Overall though, very impressive.
Best for: bush bashers
RRP: $299. More info click here.
Review: Dan Slater