UOG TOP PICK - Exped Lightning 60 - Best for Backpacking - We've singled out Exped's Lighning 60 pack as one of our top recommendations for backpacking - with an adjustable backlength along a vertical frame coupled to a very supportive waistbelt it has excellent load transfer. Features are designed around backpackers needs - and it only just exceeds 1kg.
Multi-day trips with a featherlight pack. The Lightning pack is made for "Fast & Light" adventures and has an excellent weight to volume ratio. It is extremely compressible and durable. The roll-top closure and full pack body compression allow volume to be regulated. The unique T-Rex suspension system with a single central aluminum stay and direct attachment to the hip belt allows for mobility in all directions for hips and torso. Numerous functional details round off the feature set of the Lightning while respecting it's clean design.
Exped's Lightning packs are what many people has asked me for over the years - a simple pack that nevertheless has a great harness. I took a Lightning 60 to Chile and completed the Torres del Paine Circuit, taking 8 days and carrying all food required. Maximum packweight was about 30lbs.
I really liked the pack, the weight has been used up on the harness system which is very comfortable for the loads I took, which were upto 50lbs, and the design allows the pack to sit off your back a bit if you need some ventilation, it also transfers the load to the hips very well. The roll-top works well, however there are three buckles to fasten to get in and out of it so it takes slightly longer then other packs. All the pockets on the pack are fine, without a lid (and the usual range of pockets on it) its not as easy keeping organised, but I generally use pouches to do that inside my rucksack (Granite Gear Zip Dittys are particularly good for this).
I removed the external strapping because I didn't need it and it looks a bit of a mess on the outside of the pack. My gear always gets a bit of abuse and the pack has a very small hole in the front and a bit of abrasion damage on the mesh pockets, neither of which I would worry about but its not going to be as robust as a 2kg pack, so takes a bit of care in use.
The 2014 model differs from the previous model in just one respect, the compression straps on the side of the pack now pass through the pockets rather than sitting on top of them, making them easier to use. When testing this pack I found the compression straps to be unnecessary anyway and took them off, but I can see that others will prefer the new model.
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear
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