Great Walks tries out the Osprey Levity 60-litre pack on a bushwalk.
For one of the lightest structured packs on the market we turned to the largest backpack specialists in the world – Osprey.
Their Levity (Lumina for women) model is unbelievably light at 860gm (medium back length), around half the weight of many of its competitors. However, weight isn’t everything.
I could throw together a featherweight pack from baking paper and plastic straws, but it probably wouldn’t carry well. The real test is in the performance, and here the Levity scores highly.
I stuffed the pack with the maximum recommended load of 11kg. That might not sound like much, but if you’re überlighting all your gear it’s enough. Long story short – it felt great!
The Exoform harness and hip belt hugged my torso perfectly, while the mesh back panel did a great job with the ventilation. The main body’s NanoFly fabric does feel tissue thin, but is mostly protected by the thicker material used for the huge side, top and front pockets.
The webbing, zips, compression cord, and buckles are all the smallest or thinnest I’ve seen on a pack, so treat it all with respect. No using the Levity as a handy seat come lunch break!
One small irritation was it not being able to stand on its own due to the tortoise shell-like silhouette, but I figure that’s a small price to pay for a pack this light and comfy.