This pack is as light, despite being made of ripstop nylon. The nylon is very thin and translucent. I had concerns that it would be flimsy. I was proven wrong, the pack had no problem handling my summer load out as well as 4 pounds of consumables and two 1-liter water bottles (3" outside diameter) which were a snug fit in the side pockets.
"Great pack for the coming-out Ultralight backpacker."
I bought this pack because every other pack I have is either too big or too heavy, including my GoLite Breeze. Plus my other packs bounce around when I jog down the trails. My Terra Nova Elite 20 was exactly what I was looking for. It is small - good for squeezing under boulders and blow-downs - but it is big enough to carry ALL of my warm-weather backpacking gear. It would be too small for winter backpacking, but I'm too old for that anyways! I wore the pack during a two hour hike through party cloudy (translation - pretty heavy rain) and the inside stayed dry. I jogged most of the 1.6 mile trail out, and the pack felt like it was part of my body. I highly recommend this pack... it is great!
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