Women's pack under 1.5 kg

Discussion in 'Packs & Accessories' started by KVerb, Jun 10, 2018.

  1. FOX160

    FOX160 Section Hiker

    My Wife finds my pack lightens her load very well : /
    But I feel that a lighter pack with 15kg will be uncomfortable due to the weight saving
    elements of the pack.
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  2. KVerb

    KVerb Trail Blazer

    Decathlon is always our first stop, but the current Forclaz 55L is 2kg. Getting below 1.5kg is a hard requirement, otherwise she would just keep using her current heavy pack.
    Definitely on the list, but not at the top... Reason is that it's impossible to find and try on in Belgium, so we'd have to order it and risk having to return it at our own cost. Next weekend we're going to "De Kampeerder" in Antwerp, who have the Lightwave Wildtrek and Gregory Octal in stock and she'll also try on some men's packs. If nothing suits her there, we'll probably order 5 or so backpacks from ULOG UK and hopefully return only 4.
  3. KVerb

    KVerb Trail Blazer

    She gets that low without sacrificing a lot by using the same tactics your wife uses ;) It's worth it for me though because I enjoy our trips together more than I enjoy solo trips.
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  4. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    Return postage costs ?? - you maybe able to mitigate those.
    Paypal UK have a deal that if you pay for goods by Paypal they will refund the cost of your returns upto £15 (12 times in the year).
    I've already used the deal to claim twice - once from UK to Germany and once UK to Belgium. It's very useful :thumbsup::D.
    This is UK Paypal so you'll need to check out if the same deal available where you are.
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  5. KVerb

    KVerb Trail Blazer

    This is new info to me, thanks for bringing it to my attention!!!
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  6. KVerb

    KVerb Trail Blazer

    Went to another outdoor shop last weekend, she tried on the Gregory Octal and Optic, Osprey Exos and Levity and the Lightwave Wildtrek. Some just didn't fit, others weren't comfortable.

    We took the plunge and ordered an Exped Lightning 45, Exped Thunder 50 and a Granite Gear Lutsen 55 from ULOG. She tried them on with 4x2L of water and a large sleeping bag inside, starting with the Thunder as it carried her preference feature-wise. No fit... the hipbelt tilted backwards and the pack was standing way too far off her back even after getting all the straps right and changing the back length multiple times. On to the Lutsen, no fit... despite all the adaptivity it never felt comfortable to her. It seems like the curve in the backpanel does not match her anatomy. With low hopes I transferred the ballast to the Lightning, knowing that it's frame is nearly identical to the Thunder's... but it fit! Somehow there are subtle differences between the two Exped packs and the Lightning just sat right from the first time. She went up and down the stairs and round the dinner table a few times and did not experience any wobbling, swaying, pressure points or other issues she experienced with other packs.

    If the weather stays dry we'll do a couple of km's tonight for a final verdict, but so far it's looking good. Thanks for all the hints :thumbsup:

    The rest of the bunch will be shipped back to ULOG.
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  7. Taz38

    Taz38 Section Hiker

    Is that a ladies specific pack?
  8. KVerb

    KVerb Trail Blazer

    It's not advertised as such, but I've found multiple accounts of female hikers who liked the pack's fit.

    I do have to add that she's not allowed to lose too much weight during our trips because she has less than 5cm of margin on the hipbelt circumference.

    EDIT: I was wrong... it IS advertised as a women's specific pack. I've seen too many packs over the last weeks to still be able to tell them apart :o o:
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2018
  9. FOX160

    FOX160 Section Hiker

    Could have sold you an Exped Lightning 45l (First Gen) little used with no marks etc including an unused flash pocket
  10. FOX160

    FOX160 Section Hiker

    Exped yep in Blue and Terracotta
  11. KVerb

    KVerb Trail Blazer

    I was wrong in my previous post, thanks for making me re-check. Corrected it with an edit.
    Hmm a tad late I'm afraid... BTW, how different is the 1st gen to the current? Would you sell the flash pocket separately?
  12. FOX160

    FOX160 Section Hiker

    The side compression strap goes across the side pocket on each side. Regarding the flash pocket I won’t split,
  13. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Not even a little bit relivant, but my Mrs uses my tn laser 35, four hundred and something grams but only good for a weekend volume wise but she finds it comfy. Not for me these days.
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  14. KVerb

    KVerb Trail Blazer

    It looks quite short and bulky. I've found that my girlfriend got along better (but not good enough until we found the exped lightning) with tall and slender packs so that her center of mass wasn't pulled backward too much.
  15. KVerb

    KVerb Trail Blazer

    Final decision after 40min of walking around our town with 10kg of ballast: she'll keep the black Exped Lightning 45 women's!
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  16. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Her pack weight was ~<3kg so not an issue. I don't like it because it has only vestigial water bottle pockets and I don't like bladders

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