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I've been toying for some time now with the idea of trying out an internal frame pack for backpacking. One reason I haven't made the move is that I haven't found just the "right" pack. The ones i like are all way heavier than I want. I'm tempted by the Osprey Aether, but even it is over 5 lbs, and I don't care for the thin strips they use for the belt & shoulder straps. The Gregory Baltoro looks great but it's over 6 lbs. It seems most of the pack makers feel that "heavier is better". My internal frame Kelty D4 is 4 lbs 12 oz and I'm not interested in increasing that weight.
One that caught my eye is the new GoLite Terrono (http://www.trailspace.com/gear/golite/terrono-70/). It's 8 oz less than my current pack, and seems to have some nice features. For example it has a nice wide waste belt (though I'm not sure how well the wide belt works in practice).
Since it's new there aren't many reviews yet. I've seen good and bad comments about GoLite packs in general (including a few horror stories about straps pulling apart while on the trail, buckles breaking, etc). But I've heard a few things like that about Osprey too. I guess I have high standards seeing I'm using the same pack I bought in 1978 and nothing has failed (except, recently, a couple seems that require some attention, but, hey, it's over 33 years old). Unfortunately the newer Keltys I've looked at are all afflicted with the "heavier is better" syndrome.
It's difficult to evaluate the Terrono because there doesn't seem to be a retailer near here that carries this particular model. So I'd have to order online and hope I like it (and that it fits) or deal with a return, ugh... Oh, and it's *very* pricey, though a couple online retailers have it on sale...
So TS members, if you've dealt with GoLite packs, how has your experience been?