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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
Showing 2 of our total 6 reviews, with an average rating of 5 stars. Read all 6 reviews for Exped Lightning 60 Rucksack.
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Review Summary - 5 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.
February 17, 2017 |
Light and functional

This rucksack is really-really light and it still has all the must have components: great suspension system with wonderful ventilation; very good load transfer to a comfy hip belt; and spacious inside.
I haven't had any problems of using it to carry 15 kg for over 20 km.
Maybe only minus is that the rucksack's water repellent fabric aren't very thick, so you need to be careful.

February 2, 2017 |
5 star! Or is it 4 star..?

Bare with me, I have only used this pack a couple of times and before this I had a "regular" 2 kg pack, so I´m comparing "Apples with oranges", I admit that. And if you use it for heavier loads, and/or with a water bladder during winter it beats the Exos, so from my perspective it´s a 5 Star solution!

The first walk when trying out the lentgh of the spine it made a squeaky sound, but that dissapeared after 3-4 kilometres. I had ca 16,5 kg in it and the real difference after a day was that it was more important to "move it" so that the weight was in the hip belt, except for that it felt excellent!

Yes, it´s more fiddly packing it with only a central cargo area and the water bladder should preferably have a compartment on its own, but after a while you stop thinking about it.

Since I have & use the Flash pack pocket (Designed primarly for Lightning packs, but fit any pack) which gives you extra space for a jacket, a wet rainfly or as in my case, a place to carry my thin CCF mat that I use beneath my Exped Down Mat.

The 60 litres gives me enough space to haul my entire winter gear and food for 5-7 days, and during summertime I can carry lots of food and still tighten the pack considerably for a tight fit.

If you use a bladder below freezing temperatures I recommend the Lightning before the Exos packs since you keeps the bladder warm through your body heat, if you only use your pack during the warm months, I would take a look at the Exos for superior back airflow (the frame gives a big gap between the back and the pack).

Likewise if carrying beyond 15 kg, I would opt for the Lightning since
it´s designed for 24 kg, but then you must be trained and have everything well dialed in. I read a lot of people say that 20 kg is a breeze with the Lightning.

Conclusion: It´s Exped, light and comes at a great price; BUY IT!

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