Exped Womens Lightning 45 Rucksack

45 Litres / Internal Frame / Hydration Compatible, Designed to carry 24kg
Weighs 1035g
Code: AW14444
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Exped's Lightning packs are designed to be light without scrimping on the harness, which is fully adjustable and comfortable with good load transfer to the hips.

Exped says:

Versatile and mobile. The Lightning pack is made for "Fast & Light" adventures. An extremely lightweight top loader with roll-top closure. The unique T-Rex suspension system minimizes contact points. Pack body can be fully compressed, enhancing load control. The suspension system shines with simple and quick adjustability and superb mobility of hips and torso.

I took an Exped 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 30lbs, 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

Help and advice: Choosing a rucksack at Ultralight Outdoor Gear  
  • Women's version features shorter shoulder straps and hipbelt.
  • 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: 72cm high x 32cm wide x 25cm deep
  • Volume: 45 Litres
  • Backlength: Stepless back length adjustment - One size fits all
  • Materials: 210D Dyneema gridstop/nylon PU coated (15000mm water column)
  • Max load: 24kg
  • Weight: 1035g
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