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Exped Lightning 60 Rucksack

60 Litres / Internal Frame / Hydration Compatible
Weighs 1180g
Code: SS20195
  • £149.99
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  • RRP £174.99
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UOG TOP PICK - Exped Lightning 60 - 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 stripped back and designed around backpackers needs - and it weighs just over 1kg.

The hugely popular Lightning Pack from Exped has seen a significant update with new materials resulting in a lighter, tougher and more comfortable design. The adjustable nature and minimalist design has been retained and this version will undoubtedly be just as popular.

Exped says:

The Lightning is made for fast and light trips with its superb volume to weight ratio. A roll-top closure combined with full pack bag compression offer variable capacity. The unique T-Rex suspension system with a single central aluminum stay and direct attachment to the hip belt ensures mobility in every axis for hips and torso. Numerous functional details round off the feature set of the Lightning while respecting its clean design. Stepless height adjustable for torso length tuning.

Exped's 2020 Lightning 60 Rucksack has received a serious update. The updates to this version of the Lightning look to be really successful with many of the original features that made it popular kept and improvements to weight, durability and comfort. The look of the pack has changed with a slick, modern style now evident. The fabrics used are more environmentally friendly, more waterproof and more durable so there's not much else they could improve in this regard!

The classic roll-top is still there and this is where the Lightning is able to save weight and keep the minimalist feel of the design.  This weight saving is sacrifices ease of access in my opinion making it slightly harder to get in and out of it than other packs. Without a lid (and the usual range of pockets on it) its not as easy keeping organised, but by using different dry bags and pouches this is easily overcome. The compression straps are great for varied loads and versatility where other packs can feel too big when heading out for shorter trips where less gear is required.

One issue with both the Lightning and Thunder packs was often the comfort around the lumbar support. It simply didn't suit many people but the additional padding and improved, stronger aluminium frame are much more comfortable under heavy loads and for extended trips. Personally, this is the most important change as I always steered away from the old versions due to the comfort but I'm now using this pack regularly.

- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear

| UOG TOP PICK - Exped Lightning 60 - 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 stripped back and designed around backpackers needs - and it weighs just over 1kg.
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  • Updated version made even lighter, tougher and more comfortable
  • Lighter: narrower webbing and improved construction
  • Tougher: abrasion resistant 630 D nylon fabric base
  • More comfort: more padding and stronger aluminium stay
  • Very light top-loader with roll-top closure
  • Sophisticated suspension system with easy length adjustment
  • Minimal back contact points for good venting
  • Excellent load transfer over central aluminium stay anchored to the hipbelt
  • Stretch pockets on sides and hipbelt
  • Full pack body compression system
  • Weight: 1180g
  • Capacity: 60 Liters
  • Dimensions: 75 x 34 x 27cm
  • Load limit: 24kg
  • Back length range: 41-58cm

Material

  • 210 D HMPE ripstop nylon, PU coated, 1500 mm water column, Oeko-Tex 100 certified, DWR C6
  • Frame: 6061-T6 series aluminium stay
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Review Summary - 4 out of 5 based on 1 rating.
September 23, 2020 | Will
More zips would be nice

I have used this pack for a 6-day, 110km hiking trip in Sweden - carrying well over 15kg - and for walking and climbing weekends away in England and Scotland. It is the most comfortable and lightweight pack I have owned, and it holds a huge amount of gear comfortably. The arrangement of compression straps works really well to keep the pack size under control whether you're packing light or filling it to the full 60L capacity. The pack is slightly let down by the fact that it opens only at the top. I think they have done it this way to save weight and to give the pack a water resistant rolltop closure - but it is a bit annoying when you want a pair of dry socks from the bottom of the pack and have to unpack everything else to reach them. It also means there is no "lid" pocket for easy access - only two large side pockets (I use one for a litre water bottle and the other for a full set of paclite waterproofs) and two small hip pockets (for snacks!) I find it difficult to attach extras to the external loops and straps - I find myself able to attach a closed cell foam mat, a fleece or jacket, and two walking poles on the outside of the pack, everything else fits inside. I think attaching a sleeping bag, compression sack or tent to the outside of the pack would be difficult.

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