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Montane Naukan 60

Our Rating:

At a glance
Good value, lightweight and comfortable
Minuses: Limited padding and lack of hip pockets

Weight: 900g / 60-litre

Features: The ultralight Naukan 60 is made of 70D nylon fabric, with an open mesh back panel and aluminium frame. It has an easy-adjust Zephyr-AD back system and Click and Go sternum strap for quick customisation. Two large stretch pockets and two side pockets stash loose gear, and a walking pole attachment quickly secures poles. Hydration compatible. 

Fit: The ZephyrAD back system is brilliant, allowing fast and easy adjustments to the back length. I found it easy to find a comfortable balance, and make adjustments on the move. 

Comfort: Though the Naukan sacrifices some padding in pursuit of its low weight, it remains comfortable – if you’re packing less than 15kg. The ‘Click and Go’ sternum strap provides an extra option to alleviate pressure points on the shoulder and collar bone. 

In use: Being a kilogram or more lighter than many similarly-sized packs, it’s designed for walking fast and light over long distances, and is particularly effective when packed accordingly. Loaded with an ultralight setup, it hugs the back well and provides great balance and comfort. When packed closer to its 15kg limit, it doesn’t hold up so well, and I wished for a sturdier harness.

Access to the lid is through an unconventional central vertical zip, which is fine for small bits and pieces, but a pain if you are trying to squeeze in something larger. The pack has two front stash pockets, instead of the more versatile single pocket which I typically use for over-sized items, but they’re fine for stashing a raincoat. The lack of hip belt pockets had me missing easy access to snacks.

Its versatility for long weekend trips or thru-hikes will likely give it an edge, though its lightweight fabrics may not stand up to bush bashing. 

Value: At 900g, the Naukan is designed for long-duration on-track trips and for a touch over $300, it’s excellent value for money. 

Verdict: Ultralight pack for multi-day on-track trips.