Exped Lightning 60 Rucksack

60 Litres / Internal Frame / Hydration Compatible, Designed to carry 24kg
Weighs 1120g
Code: SS14462
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Exped's Lighning 60 pack incorporates 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 BasecampGear

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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 2 ratings.
June 25, 2015 | Francesco
exped lightning 60 review

Used rucksack on GR20 Corsica and Tour Du Mont Blanc. Packed rucksack weighed 16.5 kg and had a very tight comfortable fit around the torso. At the end of the day the shoulder harnesses were digging on the muscles so probably a bit more padding could help there but to be so light they saved on this. Side pockets are very comfortable as they are elastic allowing water bottles to easily slip in and out. Never used webbings cos it was jammed packed. Excellent value for money.

June 5, 2015 | Ciaran
Lightweight but at a cost

I bought this bag on another site for it's light weight. I've brought it on Annapurna Circ and with full camping kit up Ben Lomond and along WHW. Fairly comfortable though I have to set back to long, to avoid pulling on shoulders, even though I'm only 5'8, also waist strap could adjust tighter. Would really like an outside pouch other than the side bottle pouches. Real gripe is that pack is not waterproof and seems to wet inside even after showers. It's a good looking piece of kit though.