Terra Nova Ultra 20 Backpack Winner

Over 200 comments on the original blog post, more than 120 comments on the Facebook page, and roughly 70 retweets on Twitter – close to 400 entries in total, wow! It took me quite a while of cutting and pasting (there has to be a better way) to put all of the eligible entries into […]

Cleaning Out My Gear Closet | Free Stuff

A Cuben Fiber backpack for free? Read on… As part of my New Year’s resolutions I’ve decided to clean out my backpacking gear closet. Over the years I have acquired a considerable amount of backpacking equipment or varying type, much of which has been used very rarely, some of which has never been used at […]

Terra Nova Laser Ultra 1 – Smashes Guinness World Record

Terra Nova has smashed the Guinness World Record for the lightest commercially available tent, with the Laser Ultra 1. The company recently received confirmation that the tent, which weighs just over 21 ounces (600 grams), is now the record holder. It snatches the title from the Terra Nova Laser Photon, trimming over 7 ounces (200 […]

Terra Nova Ultra 20 | First Look

The Terra Nova Ultra 20 is the first ultralight backpack made by a mainstream manufacturer to use Cuben fiber. Until very recently, Cuben fiber (called ULTRA fabric by Terra Nova) was the mainstay of ultralight cottage manufacturers like Gossamer Gear, Zpacks, MLD, and others. None of the more conservative mainstream manufacturers seemed willing to take […]

Terra Nova 20L Quick Mods

The more I use the Terra Nova 20L, the more I like it. However, there are a few small improvements or modifications that I’ve changed from the way the bag came that I think are worth sharing. Larger Stopper Knots on Shock CordsAs I mentioned in my earlier detailed review of the 20L, the basic […]

Terra Nova Laser 20L Backpack

The Terra Nova Laser 20L pack is a lightweight frame-less backpack designed with a “lightweight-but-full-of-features” approach for day use or overnight hiking trips. Specifications: Manufacturer: Terra Nova, UK Model: Laser 20L Backpack Weight: 11.6oz (328g) Measured Weight: 11.4oz (323g) Capacity: 20L The pack is designed with a single main compartment, accessed by a long, vertical […]

Gear reviews in progress

Here’s a sneak peak of some pieces of gear that I am in the process of reviewing.  From left to right: Terra Nova Laser 20L ultralight pack, Helle Harding hand-made bushcraft knife, and the Terra Nova Bothy 2 superlite emergency shelter. Laser 20L: One of the lightest fully featured packs of it’s size currently available. […]