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Exped Lightning 60 Rucksack

60 Litres / Internal Frame / Hydration Compatible, Designed to carry 24kg
Weighs 1120g
Code: SS14462
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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.

Exped says:

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

|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.
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  • Extremely lightweight top-loader with roll-top closure - easy access and good weather protection
  • T-Rex suspension system: ingenious quick adjust and comfortable suspension system
  • Minimal body contact points for excellent ventilation
  • Perfect load transfer via central aluminum stave anchored to the hip belt
  • Stretch fabric pockets (on pack and hip belt)
  • Combined full body side and front compression system
  • Roll-top closure combined with minimal seam design enhances weather protection
  • Ice tool and trekking pole loops External access to inner pocket doubles as exit port for hydration tubes
  • Anatomically shaped and padded shoulder straps with sternum strap
  • Moulded dual density foam hipbelt with generous stretch pockets
  • Low profile and high volume
  • Spandex-bellows pockets
  • Hydration system compatible

 

WARRANTY|This product comes with a 5 year warranty for materials and construction. For more details see Exped website.
  • Dimensions: 75cm high x 34cm wide x 27cm deep
  • Volume: 60 Litres
  • Backlength: Stepless back length adjustment - One size fits all
  • Materials: 210D Dyneema gridstop/nylon PU coated (15000mm water column)
  • Max load: 24kg
  • Weight: 1120g
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Review Summary - 5 out of 5 based on 10 ratings.
November 22, 2017 | Lauren
Lightweight and simple

I really like this bag, it's super light, pretty comfortable and very simple, just like one large dry sack! I recently used it for 2 months whilst walking in Sweden. Once I got to know it a bit, I found the straps on the outside really useful as it makes it easy to strap things to.

October 21, 2017 | Martin
Exped wins

I don't normally do product reviews but I thought this may be useful. I found it difficult choosing a rucksack that was just right, and despite looking at lots of reviews and doing lots research initially opted for the Granite Gear Crown 2. After a few miles with a relatively light load (6kg including bag) - I felt uncomfortable and my back was wet through - despite the built in ventilation. And it wasn't a hot day! Disappointed I decided to try the Exped 60 Lightning (UOG were really helpful with their returns policy) and this allowed me to look at and test both bags together on a like for like basis. To give a fair analysis I used the same weight, wearing the same gear in similar weather. For me there is no comparison. The Exped has a brilliant suspension system with the majority of the padding where it should be around the hip belt and lumbar pad. The bag felt connected throughout the walk and has so much adjustment so I could dial in exactly to make it fit right. The ventilation is superb and the only slight damp is around the lumbar pad. A note on this too, the padding here initially feels a little strange - especially compared to the GG Crown 2, but the further I walked the more I liked that connection and feel. I'm gearing up to walk Offa's Dyke next year and feel happy that I will enjoy using this great piece of kit. The fact it is also £60 cheaper than the Crown 2 makes it exceptional value too!

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