This is not a review, but I got my $35 pack from backcountry.com today. I travel a lot for business, and thought it might be great to throw in my suitcase with a few other items. Since I often take little side trips.
Here are some pictures.
It folds into its own pouch, which becomes an inner storage pocket. It sits inside the inner pocket which will fit a GG NightLight Torso length pad (barely).
Here it is next to my ULA Conduit, which I have not unpacked from this weekend. I threw a sleeping bag into TNF pack so it would stand up. The pack is speced at 30L capacity.
It has a top lid with a storage pocket in it.
The shoulder pads have a lightweight padding in them and are 2 1/2" wide.
Has a thin waist belt.
Has a compression strap on each side.
Has two side pockets and one rear pocket. Uses some really flimsy feeling elastic inside the top seam.
Here is the top with draw cord.
I decided to try and transfer everything from my Conduit used this weekend (quilt, bivy, poncho/tarp, Caldera stove, torso pad, clothes, etc. and it all fit. I have two empty 1L Platypus bags, and they will fit if filled with water. Pretty amazing.
Pretty good for 35 bucks. But I wouldn't take it on a weekender, without trying a couple of day hikes. I usually need to carry 4 liters of water for desert trips, so it probably would not be as comfortable as my Conduit, nor it is made a well. The material is 70D ripstop nylon, so it should be sturdy. The question is how could they construct it with quality at that price. But if I was included to move into SUL, the pack is big and light enough.