Exped lightning 60 - initial review

Discussion in 'Packs & Accessories' started by Daymoth, Nov 18, 2018.

  1. Daymoth

    Daymoth Ultralighter

    Since we talk a lot about this pack I though I would write down my first impressions.

    I got the lightning 60 as a winter pack that can carry a bulky 0F sleeping bag, ice axe, shovel, snow shoes, crampons and extra fuel. The compression system and internal frame for such a reasonable weight made it my first option.
    I bought it second hand withowithout trying it before.
    Its also a men's version (despite me being a petite lady, hard to find lady's version second hand).

    First impressions:
    - It took me quite a long time to get the initial adjustments, It is so adjustable that finding the right combination was not easy.
    - I found the adjustments but it is a bit on the long/big side for me though and if I lean my head back it touches the stay.
    - The pack sits quite high and is narrow compared to say osprey bags.

    After carrying it around the hills with 12kg of random weight:
    - The lack of padding on the uper back is weird at first. But playing with the strap adjustments I eventually was not that bothered.
    - The hip belt is nicely cushioned.
    - The transfer weight is fantastic.
    - The side pockets are great, so easy to chuck things in there.

    Will try it more this winter see if I still like it. Im not 100% sold but 85% there.
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  2. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Pics please!
  3. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    ...a review after how much use?

    Just saying (well, obviously not)...

    But reviews with limited use or 'unboxers' weigh lightly for me...

    I'm still wondering if my Notch is a great shelter after 2,000 miles or so...
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  4. Daymoth

    Daymoth Ultralighter

    Well as I said, its just an initial review. So indeed it weights lightly, even for me.

    Ill come back with more input after the winter season and decide if its a pack for me or not.
  5. Snowdonia wildcamper

    Snowdonia wildcamper Trail Blazer

    Like you said i find strap adjustments sorts it out to be a very comfortable pack for me carrying winter kit.
    Although i do keep in mind @Mole comments that the straps may become thin over time/well used and start to cut in (something along those lines) at the moment they are fine for me.i find the upper straps most important for me to get right to feel comfortable.
  6. Snowdonia wildcamper

    Snowdonia wildcamper Trail Blazer

    Ps i can tell after a couple of walks whether a pack is any good to me, and what the good and bad points are. There shouldn't be any surprises after that, just the durabilty issue. A shelter has to go through many different conditions and many outings to be able to judge properly.
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  7. Hikenbike

    Hikenbike Hiker

    Ive got 4000 miles on mine and love it for its ability to haul a heavy load. I had what must have been an early version and the aluminium spar fractured and the bottom of the straps started to come apart after 1000 miles on the PCT. Replaced by Exped under warantee and no issues with it in 3000 miles. Still looks pretty much like new although im now looking to downsize to something more like 45 litre.
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  8. FOX160

    FOX160 Thru Hiker

    Had the 45L version (1st Gen) for over 2 years, everything was great apart from those thin cheese wire straps that cut in, but glad to see it works for others.
  9. Daymoth

    Daymoth Ultralighter

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