Best ~60L lightweight pack?
Recently did a trip with 12 days food and packraft with my Macpac Amp 40 pack. (Carrying 15 kg total, had tent, packraft and mattress on the outside to start). Things I found: Though I liked the Amp 40 for shorter trips and < 10kg, It was well beyond it's load range and it consequently was less comfortable than ideal. I don't need a pack all that much bigger, but I do need the ability to comfortably carry 16 - 18 kg (18 kg would be a 14 day trip with iceaxe, crampons, alpine capable tent and packraft) I still want a pack that is lightweight in itself (closer to 1 kg than 2 or more kg) I'm prepared to sacrifice some durability, but want it comfortable up into that weight range. Candidates? First on my list at the moment is the [Osprey Exos 58](https://www.osprey.com/nz/en/product/exos-58-EXOS58S18.html?packfinder=true) Pack is 1.2 kg, can carry up to 18 kg. I looked at the [Levity 60](https://www.osprey.com/nz/en/product/levity-60-LEVITY60.html?packfinder=true) 0.86 kg, but it only goes to 11 kg, which is probably it's realistic limit. Any other candidates, other brands I should consider in the pack weight <= 1.2 kg, max carry weight >= 18 kg?
Try the Exped Lightening 60... weighs 1.1 kg and can carry up to 24kgs. I have one and find its comfy. But I haven't needed to carry those real heavy weights
gearlab do pretty exensive testing for their reviews... not that many brands sold here, you'd have to order online unless you can find something second hand here. ultralight pack reviews https://www.outdoorgearlab.com/topics/camping-and-hiking/best-ultralight-backpack/ratings
Thanks for the pointers.The Exped Lightning 60 is looking like the frontrunner at the moment - light enough and simple enough with a load capacity claimed at 25 kg.
I have the Exped Thunder which is basically the Lightning without the roll top. Have used with 17-18KG and found very comfortable. Gear can be accessed side,front or top. Had it fitted by the staff at Bivouac in Hamilton I consider this made the difference to fiddling with it myself.
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