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Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Re: Re: Exped 60 on 08/02/2014 18:03:16 MDT Print View

Apparently the new version run the compression straps behind the pocket, also add a hydration port.

Most of the reviews I have seen are positive.

Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
exped 60 on 08/03/2014 07:38:30 MDT Print View

Stephen- they did change up the side compression straps to run behind the stretch side pockets; there is also a port through the bottom of the "top" zippered pocket (which means routing the hose out the zippered pocket), no sleeve for a bladder though

Mike

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: exped 60 on 08/03/2014 11:01:53 MDT Print View

Hi Mike,

The changes do sound better, if I like the older version I may get the new one instead.

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Customizable Winter Pack on 08/04/2014 14:56:48 MDT Print View

There are very few backpacking items I don't customize. The 60 model would make a very good winter pack for bulky items like winter sleeping bags, etc. with a few mods.


1. I can see re-routing the hydration exit(s) to suit me.

2. I'd relocate the bottom outboard compression strap buckle above the side pocket by two inches. (Unstitch and re-stitch) That wah the pocket is useable while the pack is compressed.

3. The top can stand to have a light compartment/fannypack attatched with small QR buckles.

4. Side pockets can be added with the addition of either small cord loops sewn on or light QR buckles. Their attachment should be made adjustable to accommodate backcountry skis and cinch them tight.

Just sayin'

Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
Re: Customizable Winter Pack on 08/04/2014 19:49:19 MDT Print View

Eric- w/ quick release buckles it would be pretty easy to add a top pocket, there are already two straps down the sides that you could attach it to (you can cinch down the roll down top two ways)

#2 has been taken care of by Exped w/ their new packs, the compression strap now runs underneath the stretch pocket

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Exped 45 T Bar on 08/08/2014 11:50:31 MDT Print View

Folks,

I took delivery of the 45, the fit is very good but when the bag is loaded up I can feel the T bar, its not hurting, I just notice the bulge in it.

Edited by stephenm on 08/08/2014 11:51:10 MDT.

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Re T bar on 08/08/2014 13:28:08 MDT Print View

You can (carefully) bend the frame back to where you don't feel the T-bar. The frame is removable btw.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Re T bar on 08/08/2014 13:30:59 MDT Print View

Thanks Luke,

I will try that.

Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
me like on 08/16/2014 20:29:22 MDT Print View

Just got back from a four day trip into the Pintlers and have to say I like this pack. It carries very nicely and there are several design features I really like. The adjustable frame is really nice, no more should I get a Medium or Large, this pack can be made to fit torso length precisely to your liking. The hip belt is to die for, probably the best of any pack I've owned-very comfortable, easy to adjust, roomy stretch pockets-wonderful! I like the roll top feature and I really like still having an accessible "top" pocket to keep things handy like hat, gloves, ditty bag, etc. We got rained on at least once every day out and the material seems to very water resistant; it also seems very hardy. I thought the side stretch pockets looked too short, but it swallowed my 1 liter platy w/ no problem (had my pack rod&reel in the other.

The shoulder straps are nicely padded up high, but the padding quickly thins out- too much imo- we're talking fractions of an ounce to continue the thicker padding to termination. I'm not completely sold on the 360 compression setup- too many damn straps, going too many damn ways. I've always liked a nice large front stretch pocket, this pack doesn't have one. With a wet a tent fly and the need for quick access to my rain jacket, this really drove this point home. A couple of small stretch pockets on the shoulder straps seems like a no brainer, this pack lacks them.

Yes a few nit picks, but overall this is a great pack. I'll be keeping my Hornet 46 for shorter/lighter trips. Longer trips and trips into the shoulder season/winter, the Exped will definitely be getting the nod.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: me like on 08/16/2014 21:25:31 MDT Print View

Cheers Mike,

I sent you a Pm.

John Harper
(johnnyh88) - M

Locale: The SouthWest
2014 Exped Lightning 60 on 12/21/2014 16:34:59 MST Print View

I originally purchased an Exped Lightning 60 back in early 2013 and generally liked the pack, however, I had to return it because the hipbelt was slightly too large for my 30''-31'' waist. A couple weeks ago, I happened to take a look at the Exped Lightning 60 on REI's website and noticed it said it fits waists 27.5'' - 52.5''. After double-checking this with Exped customer service, I once again ordered the pack.

I am happy to say that the pack now fits my waist! My weight/size is unchanged since 2013 and I now have about 1.5'' of extra webbing on each side of the hipbelt when it is fully cinched.

Additional changes I have noticed from my 2013 pack are:

There is now a small cutout area on the back of the lumbar pad to allow room for the bottom fastener (so now you don't feel any bulge through the lumbar pad)

The side compression straps can now be routed under or over the side pockets


It almost seems like Exped read this thread and then made changes to their pack! Anyway, I am looking forward to trying out this pack and its suspension system.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: 2014 Exped Lightning 60 on 12/21/2014 16:46:26 MST Print View

Black is to be available too in 2015

Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
Re: Re: 2014 Exped Lightning 60 on 12/21/2014 17:31:16 MST Print View

I've used mine on several other trips since my first report, happy to still say the Exped Lightning is a keeper :)

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Re Re Re Exped Lighting 45-60 on 12/21/2014 17:41:29 MST Print View

Mine is still looking good after two seasons of use. When I have to carry heavy loads of water I reach for this pack every time.