Pack light, go fast.
Designed for ultralight backpacking, the Terra Nova laser 35 Backpack will hold everything you need for a night in the mountains. The simple design of the pack places a full-length zipper at the front of the bag for easy access into the main compartment. A top zippered pocket is ideal for smaller items that you might need to access throughout the day, while a hydration compatible design enables you to equip the bag with the hydration system of your choice. Two stretch side pockets will hold water bottles, layers, or anything else you might need to grab without taking the pack off. Two zippered hip pockets provide a secure place to carry your phone, GPS, and any light snacks you might want to hike with.
- Removable foam back panel
- Adjustable chest strap
- Hydration system compatible
- Zippered front access
- Zippered top access
- Side and hip belt pockets
- Compression cords
- Item #TNV000S
- Q & A
A lot of great with some really bad
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I bought this bag for some travelling I was planning on doing (currently am doing). This was going to involve lots of day hikes so I thought a light bag would be the way to go. There are some positives, I love all the different attachment points on the bag, the different straps and loops are brilliant, they making attaching things to the bag super easy. The little pockets on the waist strap are great and have been perfect for storing the first aid gear I carry. I also very much like the front down zipper. I would have personally preferred a zipper around the edge, suitcase style, but this is still far better than the typical top loading bag as everything is so much easier to access. I haven't used the water bottle holders much to be honest but they have been really handy for just sticking mittens or something in. These are all great things that really separate this bag from a lot of others and I wish were more common.
Despite all the things I like, there is 1 problem and it far outweighs any of the positives. The material while being super light as designed is about as strong as tissue paper. I think I have probably used it for the equivalent of about 15 days and it has 7 or 8 rips in it. It just rips far too easily. Stray branches, the corner of a table or something, almost anything can puncture it. I had planned on using it for a about another months worth of trips but I am likely to just buy a new, different bag and throw this one out as I just don't trust it's not going to split open on the next big trip I do.
I honestly can't think of a situation where it would be suitable as my plan on using it as a day to day backpack for work probably won't even work as it will just get ripped doing that. I think there is potential with this bag but I can't recommend this current model.