Trek&Mountain magazin (UK - Mai/June 2019) tested 10 lightweight packs between 45 and 60L that are ideal for multi-day treks and hikes. Exped's Lightning 60 was awarded with the Editor's Choice Award: "A simple-in-design, Lightweight and roomy pack that also proviceds good carry comfort due to ists backsystem and hipbelt."
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The Lightning 60 initially feels almost like a large drybag with a backsystem attached to it, mainly due to the rolltop opening and the lightweight feel of its fabric. However a closer inspection reveals a pretty substantial hipbelt, lumbar pad and adjustable back system. The pack offers superb volume-to-weight, tipping the scales at 1140 g for its 60L capacity, and you can get even more than its stated volume if really needed, by leave the rolltop open and securing the top with its strap.
The main fabric is a 210-denier ripstop nylon with PU coating and has a hydrostatic head of 1500mm, making it pretty much waterproof in all but the most persistent rain. The criss-cross of webbing is used to compress the contents and/ or stow equipment on the outside of the pack, and even though it looks a bit fiddly, in practice we found it worked fine. The Lightning's backsystem consists of a single aluminium stay that connects directly to the hipbelt, and the length is easily adjusted using straps. Some kind of markings would have been useful, especially if the pack is likely to be shared. The carry of the Lightning is excellent, though, with the firm foam of the hipbelt and padded shoulder straps making it comfortable for long periods of walking. The storage options are straightforward: the large main compartment, a 'valuables' pocket, two stretchy drinks pockets, and a small pocket on each side of the hipbelt. Exped have done a great job creating a very light pack that can carry a considerable load and in comfort too. The simplicity of its design appealed to us too, with all your kit being stored in one main compartment, which is easy to access and secure.