Tuesday, January 29, 2013

New for 2013: EXPED Lightning 45/60 packs

The new Lightning 45 and Lightning 60 packs will become available in March - just around the corner! Now, it's true that the crew here at Exped are excited about ALL our new products, year in and year out. But this one has created a bit of a stir around our offices, going way back to the first prototypes. The concept is simple: make a stout suspension system capable of carrying loads up to 50 lbs, but keep the weight way, way down and make it highly adjustable so it fits a wide range of back lengths. That's a tall order for our designers, but they did it! And, as the top photo shows, we won an award at last summer's European outdoor industry trade show in Germany (see our post from last summer: http://www.expedlife.com/2012/07/exped-lightning-4560-win-outdoor-show.html).

If you're like a few of us and have some multi-day backpacking trips planned for this summer, this is the pack to consider.

Here are the specs for the Lightning packs:

Shared features:

  • 210 denier ripstop nylon, Dyneema grid reinforced, 1500 mm PU coated
  • Roll-top closure (stuff sack style)
  • Exclusive T-Rex frame system, single stay with upper cross stay
  • Plush hip belt and shoulder straps, load lifter straps, sternum strap
  • Zig-zag compression straps for load control
  • Hip belt pockets
  • Ice axe/trekking pole loops
  • Lower side stash pockets
  • Top access zip pocket 
  • Women's and Men's harnesses available
  • Load limit: Approximately 50 lbs

Lightning 45

  • Capacity: 47 liters/2868 cubic inches
  • Average weight: 1000g/35.3 ounces
Lightning 60
  • Capacity: 60 liters/3661 cubic inches
  • Average weight: 1100g/38.8 ounces