If you really want to save weight, then the Terra Nova Laser 25 is the pack for you at just 365g. It is very much aimed at those wanting a fast and light pack for runs, adventure racing or bagging lots of mountains in a single day. To that end it’s made from a very thin ripstop fabric with reinforcement at the base for more durability. The back system has mesh-covered padding but no stiffening, so you have to pack this rucksack carefully to prevent it from being uncomfortable. You do get padded hipbelt fins to help with comfort and the soft back system allows the pack to easily hug the back, but this isn’t as comfortable as other designs. There is one main compartment with a central zip opening, plus two mesh pockets on the outside and a bungee cord system, which allows items to be stashed on the outside of the pack. But you can’t easily stash items like long trekking poles, and as there are no zipped pockets apart from two small ones on the hipbelt you’ll end up having to put any maps or guidebooks inside the pack. I’d prefer a slightly more walker-orientated design, but if you’re really counting those equipment grams then the Terra Nova Laser 25 is about as light as it gets.
Capacity 25 litres
Internal compartments 1
External zipped pockets 2
Wand pockets? yes
Hydration pocket? yes
Men’s/unisex back sizes one size
Women’s back sizes none
The Terra Nova Laser 25 is ideal for serious weight saving, but most packs that weigh a little more have a lot more practical benefits that many walkers will welcome.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine August 2014