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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. 

- 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 12 ratings.
July 22, 2019 | Peter S
Not for heavy loads

Developed a small tear in the back section in less than a year. There's no padding at all in the shoulder straps so I found it uncomfortable when carrying a heavy load. For loads of 10Kg it would be fine.

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September 14, 2018 | Duncan Jenkins
No regrets here

I try to walk a long distance path each summer and like the flexibility of camping, hostelling etc but without feeling like I'm carrying a pack for an SAS exercise. We already have a lightweight tent, sleeping bags and cooking kit so this was the next investment. I wanted a framed pack as I was concerned about the comfort of a frameless. I read lots of reviews and narrowed it down to this pack and the Osprey Levity. Both looked attractive options and there were some negative reviews for both out there. In the end I opted for Exped because of lower price and flexibility to carry heavier loads than the Osprey - should I need to.
I have just finished 11 days backpacking the West Highland Way and then the Great Glen Way. The pack was really comfortable to the point that I didn't feel like I was carrying full camping kit. I often get pain in my shoulder from an old cycling injury but not a single twinge with this pack. It was easy to fit and provided excellent ventilation. I did not experience a problem with the pack restricting head movement (I am 5ft 7) and could not understand how this might ever happen. I did not need to bend the frame to fit but this is an option as instructed by the video on Exped website. I was really pleased to see that the pack is now fitted with a hydration bladder hanging loop (I use an Osprey 1.5L) and no less than 3 options for tube routing - the original through the top pocket and a choice of either left or right side, more conventional outlets. Exped have listened and evolved the design.
In terms of functionality - don't expect too many frills for this weight. If you want lots of pockets look elsewhere. However, the hip belt pockets were excellent and about right size. The spandex material is not that hard wearing and has shown some signs of rubbing where the shoulder strap webbing meets the hip belt but I haven't experienced the failures some reviewers have reported. The stretch pockets on each side work well - I carried poles when not in use, a pair of lightweight sandals and my lightweight waterproofs in these. The lid arrangement for getting in and out of the pack is a little fiddly but you soon get used to it. Don't expect the roll top / dry bag type system to be waterproof - its not. Buy the optional rain cover if you don't like water permeating your pack. The compression straps work well but they do seem to get a bit twisted around the upper plastic rings which have rotated 90 degrees - only a cosmetic issue however. Finally, the only other minor issue was some initial creaking around the frame system, but this resolved with a few days use. In conclusion, I would highly recommend this pack if you want to cut down on weight without sacrificing comfort. In fact you may even find it more comfortable than heavier packs. Great value for money too.

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