If you want to make multi-day backpacking less tiring, then stripping down the weight of your gear is important – and that includes carrying your gear in the lightest rucksack possible. The Terra Nova Voyager 45 tipped the Trail scales at 627g, which is half the weight of most 45 litre packs. But with all that weight saving does come a loss in comfort and performance too, as this is a pretty basic design. The back system is lightly padded, so it’s nowhere near as comfortable as the others we looked at, and as it isn’t very stiff you need to pack it carefully to gain any sense of comfort. The hipbelt is pretty basic and isn’t able to take as much load from the shoulder straps as other packs, so your shoulders will feel the weight of your gear more when using this pack compared to others. The main body of the Terra Nova Voyager 45 is made from very thin fabric, so some care will be needed as it isn’t going to be the most durable option; however there is heavier and more durable fabric on the base and top of the lid. The lid is a floating design and can be removed completely to save even more weight. The side compression straps are made of webbing tape and can be combined well with the drawcorded wand pockets to allow gear to be stashed on the sides. There’s a huge mesh front pocket with a drawcord, which isn’t as neat as other stretch front pockets but it still works okay.
Capacity 45 litres
Internal compartments 1
External zipped pockets 3
Wand pockets yes
Compression straps yes
Men’s (unisex) back length one size
Women’s back length none
The Terra Nova Voyager 45 has one advantage, and that is its weight of just 627g – but if you want advantages in terms of comfort and performance then other packs are much better.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine September 2013