Having used this rucksack for several months now, it has taken over as my main “do it all” pack. Basically the Medusa’s big brother, it has a bigger load carrying capacity and includes many of the same well designed technical features.
The excellent Raptor TL fabric for the main body, and Raptor UTL for the base, make the pack very strong and light (without being ultra light) and not feel flimsy. Waterproof shell friendly mesh on the shoulder straps and back pad facings are also nice additions.
The pack has one main compartment, one inner and one outer lid pocket. All you need really. The outer lid has a “buddy pocket” with a stiffened rim, preventing items from falling out. It also has a stretchy skirt which allows for a close fit when the lid is closed.
There are too many features to list in this review, however some of the main ones are:
- “Dual Tool” ice axe attachment system
- Removable bivvy mat, back panel and hip belt
- Hydration pack compatible
- Gear loops
- Side compression straps.
One of the things I immediately liked about the Torque, is the fact that the back is stiffer than the Medusa. I found it quite irritating how that used to bend in the middle. The Torque is a very comfortable pack to carry, and I can pack in all I need for a day out with a group, or for an overnight camp. When not carrying a full load, the side straps allow you to compress the pack.
As with the Medusa, this has most of the features you want, and few you don’t. If I had to nitpick, the inclusion of stretchy wand pockets and a stash pocket would make this pretty much the perfect pack for me. As it is, it’s another winner from Montane, an excellent addition to the range, and great value.