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Exped Lightning Reviews and Buyer's Guide (Mar 2019)

4.30
based on 52 reviews




Reviews Summary


99% of the Exped Lightning reviews are good or excellent!

Excellent (85%)
Good (14%)
Average (0%)
Poor (0%)
Bad (0%)


Here's what the reviewers think about the Exped Lightning:

Reviewers like these things about the Exped Lightning

  • Most reviewers said that it is a lightweight versatile pack for weekend trips and trekking.
  • They said that the pack is water resistant and highly durable built.
  • Buyers said that the torso adjustment is great for the pack.
  • A user said that the pack is extensive but it is easy to customize with external attachments and compression webbing systems.
  • Another user said that the hip straps and shoulder straps provide good support and comfort for carrying the pack for longer hours.
  • some buyers said that the center aluminimum stay is removable and the pack can be compressed for lighter travel.
  • Most of the buyers are happy to have velcro tabs for rolling strap ends.
  • Many of the reviewers complimented the clean and uncluttered exteriror design of the backpack.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • A user said it is difficult to access the side and top pockets while the pack is mounted on the back.
  • Another user complained that the shoulder straps are thin and hurts when the pack is fully loaded.
  • Some reviewers said that the pockets and belts are not very durable and can be easily torn.

Specs


Crowdsourced specs across all Exped Lightning models and sizes:

Capacity iconCapacity45-60 l (2746-3661 cuin)
Weight iconWeight2.3-2.6 oz (1-1.2 kg)


The bag is recommended for these activities:

Hiking
Backpacking
Cycling
Travel
School
Sport



Popular Models


Exped Lightning 60

81% choose the Exped Lightning 60

81 %
Colors and combinations:

Black
Blue
Green


Specs
Capacity iconCapacity60 l (3661 cuin)
Weight iconWeight2.6 oz (1.2 kg)


Exped Lightning 45

19% choose the Exped Lightning 45

19 %
Colors and combinations:

Black
Blue
Green


Specs
Capacity iconCapacity45 l (2746 cuin)
Weight iconWeight2.3 oz (1 kg)




Exped Lightning 45 vs Lightning 60


The two most popular Exped Lightning models are the Lightning 45 and the Lightning 60, so let's compare them:

Popularity and Prices

In total, 100% of the people interested in the Exped Lightning bags choose one of these two models. The most popular choice is the Lightning 60 which is choosen by 81% (4.3 times as many as the 19% that choose the Lightning 45).

Lightning 45Lightning 60
Most popular

Looking at the prices, the Lightning 45 is typically around $30 cheaper than the Lightning 60, but check the deals before you buy.

Lightning 45Lightning 60
Cheapest

Capacity and Packing

The Lightning 45 has a capacity of 45 l, while the Lightning 60 has a capacity of 60 l.

Lightning 45Lightning 60
Biggest

For a traveller, the 15 L (915 cuin) difference equals around 1 pants, 2 tshirts, 2 boxers, 2 pair of socks, 1 shorts and 1 book.

Packing the Lightning 45
laptop
1
toilet_bag
1
blouse
2
pants
1
tshirt
4
boxers
4
socks
4
shorts
1
jacket
1
shoes
1
towel
1
book
1
Extra in the Lightning 60
pants
1
tshirt
2
boxers
2
socks
2
shorts
1
book
1

If you are an athlete, the 15 L difference equals 1 water bottle, 1 tshirt, 1 boxers, 1 pair of socks and 1 pair of shoes.

Packing the Lightning 45
water_bottle
2
toilet_bag
1
blouse
1
tshirt
2
boxers
2
socks
2
shorts
2
jacket
1
shoes
1
protein_bar
4
towel
1
football
1
book
1
Extra in the Lightning 60
water_bottle
1
tshirt
1
boxers
1
socks
1
shoes
1

Outdoor people can equal the capacity difference as 1 pants, 1 tshirt, 1 boxers, 1 pair of socks and 1 fleece.

Packing the Lightning 45
water_bottle
2
toilet_bag
1
blouse
1
tshirt
2
boxers
2
socks
2
shorts
1
jacket
1
protein_bar
2
towel
1
book
1
sleeping_bag
1
packaged_meal
4
Extra in the Lightning 60
pants
1
tshirt
1
boxers
1
socks
1
fleece
1

Check how you can pack the Lightning here.

Weight and dimensions

The weight of the Lightning 45 is 0.3 kg (10.6 oz) lower than the weight of the Lightning 60.

Lightning 45Lightning 60
Lightest

Features and Colors

Both models are available in black, blue and green.




Feature Summary


Many sources mention these Exped Lightning features:
  • Hydration compatible
  • Compression straps
  • Hip belt
  • Hip belt pockets
  • Adjustable torso
  • Carry-on size
  • Ice axe/trekking pole loops
  • Roll top
  • Sternum strap
  • Water bottle pockets
  • Water resistant

Actual features depends on the model, so check the features before you buy.


Packing Guide


See how much a traveller, an athlete and an outdoorsy person can pack in the different Exped Lightning models (the most popular choice is the Lightning 60).




Capacity/Weight Levels


The capacity/weight level shows how much the bag weights compared with it's capacity (volume).

The lower the capacity/weight level, the better.

ModelCapacityWeightLevel
4545 l2.3 oz0.05 oz/L
6060 l2.6 oz0.04 oz/L


Exped Lightning
Average for 20,280+ different bags




Rankings


vs Exped Bags

The Exped Lightning ranks #1 compared with the other Exped bags.

1Exped Lightning
4.30
Exped Lightning
2Exped Summit
3.98
Exped Summit
3Exped Torrent
3.85
Exped Torrent
4Exped Cloudburst
3.84
Exped Cloudburst
1Exped Lightning
4.30
Exped Lightning

vs All Bags

The Exped Lightning ranks #367 compared with all the bags we have checked.

Top 20% bag

365Camelbak SnoBlast
4.30
Camelbak SnoBlast
366Exped Lightning
4.30
Exped Lightning
367BackSak Waterproof
4.30
BackSak Waterproof
368Burton Emphasis
4.30
Burton Emphasis
369Maxpedition Sitka
4.30
Maxpedition Sitka



Vs Other Bags


Crowdsourced comparisons of the Exped Lightning vs 2 other, similar bags.

Many sources mention this feature
Some sources mention this feature


Exped Lightning vs Exped Thunder


Exped Lightning
Exped Lightning

4.30
BEST
Based on 52 reviews
Capacity: 45-60 l
Weight: 2.3-2.6 oz
Price: $$$


Exped Thunder
Exped Thunder

4.00

Based on 4 reviews

Capacity:
Weight: 2.55-3.4 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Lightning is rated a bit better than the Thunder.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 56 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest Lightning is 31% lighter than the biggest Thunder (2.6 oz vs 3.4 oz).

FeatureLightningThunder
Adjustable torso
Carry-on size
Compression straps
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Hydration compatible
Ice axe/trekking pole loops
Roll top
Sternum strap
Water bottle pockets
Water resistant

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Green
Blue




Exped Lightning vs Osprey Exos


Exped Lightning
Exped Lightning

4.30

Based on 52 reviews
Capacity: 45-60 l
Weight: 2.3-2.6 oz
Price: $$$


Osprey Exos
Osprey Exos

4.57
BEST
Based on 1,300 reviews

Capacity: 38-58 l
Weight: 2.3-2.6 oz
Price: $$$

  • The Lightning is rated a bit worse than the Exos.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 1,352 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Lightning is 3% bigger than the biggest Exos (60 L vs 58 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Lightning is the same weight as the biggest Exos (both 2.6 oz).

FeatureLightningExos
Adjustable torso
Carry-on size
Compression straps
Detachable lid
Hip belt
Hip belt pockets
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Ice axe/trekking pole loops
Organizer panel
Roll top
Seam taped
Side pockets
Sleeping pad attatchment
Sternum strap
Stretch mesh
Ultralight
Ventilated back panel
Water bottle pockets
Water resistant

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Green
Blue





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Last updated on March 22, 2019