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

4.42 based on 47 reviews
Exped Lightning
99% of the Exped Lightning reviews are good or excellent!

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

Specs across all Lightning models
Capacity iconCapacity45-60 l (2746-3661 cuin)
Weight iconWeight2.3-2.6 oz (1-1.2 kg)

Reviews Summary

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.

Popular Models

Exped Lightning 60

81% choose the Exped Lightning 60

Colors and combinations:


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

Exped Lightning 45

19% choose the Exped Lightning 45

Colors and combinations:


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

Feature Summary

Many sources mention these Exped Lightning features:
  • Hydration compatible
  • Adjustable torso
  • Carry-on size
  • Compression straps
  • Hip belt
  • Hip belt pockets
  • 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.

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


vs Exped Bags

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

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vs All Bags

The Exped Lightning ranks #136 compared with all the bags we have checked.

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Bag ID 31456. Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Last updated on January 11, 2019