For Spring 2013, Exped adds its lightest weight pack yet to their backcountry line up. Giving the Granite Gear Crown 60 a run for the money in the ultralight department, the Lightning series of packs provide all the necessary features for a comfortable trip while not loading you down over miles on the trail.
The new Exped Lightning backcountry packs are all about moving fast and light on multi-day backpacking adventures. The unique T-Rex frame uses a central stay with direct dock to the hipbelt for better load control and weight transfer to your hips. A plush suspension system enables quick torso length adjustment while allowing for a high degree of hip belt and upper body motion.
The roll-top closure and minimal seams throughout the entire pack body provide good weather resistance as well as simple access to your gear. With a very streamlined design, these toploader packs combine lightweight performance (2.2 lbs or 1 kg) with solid load control at all times.
The Lightning backcountry packs are made out of a lightweight and durable 210D nylon fabric with Dyneema grid reinforcement for extra durability. Two stretch side pockets on the main pack body make good water bottle holders and the zippered hip belt pockets are perfect for storing your camera and cell phone.
Full body compression straps help further streamline an overly bulky load. Bottom gear loops and bungees attached to the pack enable you to secure your hiking poles when not in use.
The Exped Lightning backcountry packs are available in 45L or 60L versions for both men and women and come in 4 different colors (black, terracotta, deep sea blue, and lichen green). The women only get to choose from terracotta or deep sea blue but they get a shorter size hipbelt to fit the generally smaller waist sizes.
The Lightning ultralight backcountry packs will retail for €180 (45L) and €200 (60L).