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Exped - Lightning 60

Exped's Lightning 60 is all about moving light and comfortably on multi-day adventures. With the unique T-Rex frame, plush harness system, and streamlined bag design these packs combine light weight and solid load control. Comfort is the word that best describes these packs!

Technical specifications & features

Weight 1100 g (38.8 oz.)
Gender Men's & Unisex
Made in Vietnam
Cubic Inches 3661
Liters 60
Material 210D nylon w/ Dyneema ripstop grid reinforcement, 1500 mm PU coated
Other Features -- Roll-top closure for weatherproof and simple access
-- Exclusive T-Rex frame system for load control/weight distribution/fit adjustment
-- Plush hip belt and shoulder straps for comfortable load transfer, load lifter straps
-- Zig-zag compression straps stabilize load
-- Hip belt pockets
-- Top access zip pocket for frequently needed items

Product Reviews

Successful Winter Hike
Light, versatile, delivers weight to hips well, comfortable, roomy hip pockets, sexy?

Cons (long winded but minor):
Got a squeak now and then in the cross of the T frame with fabric; I had some trouble with the side pockets (I am not used to water bottle in the side move & I was wearing gloves); Plus the compression strap crosses just below the top of the side pocket (meaning if compression straps are tight it is hard to get into the pocket); normal cons that come with top opening packs (I knew the trade off already); I bruised my hip points a bit with the belt (typical for not having worn a pack in a while and it is not broken in); The top mesh pouch can be tough to access when pack is really full.

The story:
I took one hike with this pack. A quick snowshoe on the AT in New York, one overnight. I bought the pack because I like my 30L GoLlite, however it would not fit my winter sleeping bag. I saw this pack online a while back and thought the support and compression was innovative. Then it was on sale here, so happy birthday to me. The 60L was a bit tight for my winter clothes, but it all fit. Strapping my snowshoes, Zrest, poles, and small snow shovel to the outside was easy. There technically was more room on the outside to tie something under the pack, and my shell jacket fit under the top compression strap nicely too. Overall I am happy with it. I look forward to using it in warmer weather, with less gear, and more room for yummy food and drink.

Other uses:
I have used it for a weekend trip to visit friends. And I used it to haul groceries (I live in the city).
Review by Evan G
Amazing pack!
I saw this pack and had to buy it. Wonderfully simple design, lots of capacity and heavy load carrying ability, and only weighs 2 1/2 lbs.! I like packs with as few bells and whistles as possible, and this one fits the bill. And Backcountry Gear's price was unbelievable! I only wish Exped imported their 100 L pack as well. Review by Joseph B

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