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The Exped Lightning 60 is a roll top backpack with an adjustable frame
The Exped Lightning 60 is a lightweight roll top backpack with an adjustable frame.

The Exped Lightning 60 ($229) is a high-capacity, lightweight backpack, suitable for a wide range of adventures. Weighing just 41 ounces (2 pounds 9 ounces) and sporting an adjustable length frame, this minimalist backpack is capable of hauling 40+ pound loads while providing excellent load transfer to the hips. Numerous external attachments points and the compression system make it adept for technical adventures that require hauling extra gear, without compromising on comfort or control. If you are looking for a high-capacity backpack for multi-night trips, I’d give the Exped Lightning 60 a serious look. It’s hard to find a lightweight backpack that can haul heavy loads while providing the adjustability of a near-custom fit.

Want to learn more? Check out my complete Exped Lightning 60 Backpack review.

Deadline to Enter

The deadline to enter this raffle is May 23, 2017, at midnight PST.

  • All raffle entrants will have one chance to win.
  • The winner will be selected randomly from all valid entries and notified by email. Failure to respond to email in 5 days will result in prize forfeiture.
  • The winner will be listed on our Raffle Winners page.
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  • The prize winner may live anywhere.
  • If you have any questions, leave a comment.

To Enter

To enter this random raffle for a chance to win a free Exped Lightning 60 Backpack, answer the following three questions in a comment below:

  1. What type of pants do you **prefer** to wear when backpacking or day hiking: short pants, zip-off convertible pants, long pants, or a skirt? (Choose one)
  2. What is the make and model name of your **favorite** hiking pants or hiking skirt? (Just one please. You need both for a valid entry)
  3. Why do you prefer these pants/skirt *over others* that you’ve tried?

Incomplete or unintelligible answers will be disqualified. Brevity is appreciated.

Example Responses

Example 1:

  1. Zip off pants
  2. Columbia Silverridge
  3. Fit me best

Example 2:

  1. Long pants
  2. RailRiders Ecomesh pants
  3. They’re cool and have been pre-treated with Insect Shield against ticks.

Example 3:

  1. Zip off
  2. Prana Stretch Zion Convertible Pants
  3. Best durability.

Please answer the three questions in a comment below to enter.

  1. What type of pants do you **prefer** to wear when backpacking or day hiking: short pants, zip-off convertible pants, long pants, or a skirt? (Choose one)
  2. What is the make and model name of your **favorite** hiking pants or hiking skirt? (Just one please. You need both for a valid entry)
  3. Why do you prefer these pants/skirt *over others* that you’ve tried?

469 comments

  1. 1. Long Pants.
    2. North Face Peak II Convertible Pants.
    3. Comfortable , light.

  2. 1. Convertible Pants
    2. Eddie Bauer Men’s Guide Pro Convertible Pants
    3. The material is light, dries quickly, and durable.

  3. 1. Long pants
    2. Zella live in leggings
    3. Comfortable

  4. Charlotte Crissy

    Long pants
    Outdoor Research Voodoo Pants
    Dry quickly, comfortable and are durable.

  5. 1. Long Pants
    2. Exofficio Bugsaway Damselfly Pant
    3. Lightweight, helps vs ticks

  6. 1. Zip-off pants
    2 The North Face Paramount 2.0
    3. Best overall fit

  7. 1.Short pants
    2.Columbia Silver ridge cargo shorts
    3.large pockets & interior adjustable waistband

  8. 1.pants
    2. REI Sahara
    3. They breath well and offer good protection.

  9. 1. Zip-off pants
    2. EMS Women’s Camp Cargo Zip-Off Pant
    3. They fit my bum and thighs well! Very breathable, really important for long showerless days. Protect from bugs and brush well. Durable. Zippers are easy.

    I don’t think I’d thru hike with these, but for now they are my favorite.

  10. 1. Long pants
    2. RailRiders Eco-mesh pants
    3. They’re light weight, quick drying, comfortable, have good ventilation, and pre treated with Insect Shield.

  11. 1. pants
    2. REI screeline
    3. They are light and offer good protection.

  12. 1. long pants

    2. Columbia Silver Ridge cargo pant

    3. light weight and cool

  13. 1. Zip Off Convertable
    2. North Face Paramount
    3. They are heavy/warm enough for cooler wet weather in the Pacific Northwest and dry fast, but light enough for warmer weather and they turn into shorts for hot weather.

  14. 1) long pants
    2) mountain hardwear Mesa, which are convertible, but I never use them as shorts.
    3) tougher material, yet still breezy and light. I got them for $15 at an rei garage sale. Otherwise, I never would have spent the $.

    My opinion: there isn’t enough added value to justify the exuberant cost of hiking clothing. The most expensive clothing investment I’ve made for 3 season hiking, are darn tough socks for $19.99. (Footwear aside)

  15. 1) Zip off pants
    2) White Sierra trail convertible
    3) light weight and fit well

  16. Vincent Franzen

    -Shorts
    -Patagonia Baggies 7″
    -Lightweight, dry fast, easy to take off and comfortable

  17. 1. Long pants
    2. Marmot arch rock pants
    3. Fit and fast drying

  18. 1. Long pants
    2. REI Sahara
    3. Lightweight and comfortable. Offers good protection.

  19. Long pants
    Arcteryx Rampant
    Quality, comfort, quick drying, wind resistant

  20. Mark B

    Convertible Pants
    REI Screeline
    fit me best

  21. 1. Zip off
    2. Columbia silver ridge
    3. They dry fast light weight

  22. 1. Zip off
    2. REI Sahara
    3. Versatile and comfortable

  23. 1) Zip-off

    2) REI Sahara

    3) tough fabric, great fit

  24. Victoria montgomrry

    1. Short pants
    2. Columbia Sandy River Cargo Shorts
    3. Have the best fit and are very comfortable

  25. Zip off pants
    Columbia Silverridge
    Fit me best

  26. Long pants
    Patagonia Guide
    Durable, stretchy

  27. Long pants
    Columbia Cascades Explorer
    Fit me best

  28. 1. Long Pants
    2.rei shara
    3.confortable

  29. 1. Convertible Pants
    2. Columbia Silverridge
    3. I love the lightweight material and I especially love how fast it dries.

  30. 1. Zip-off convertible pants
    2. Marmot Transcend Convertible
    3. Breathes well, fits and light

  31. 1. Zip off pants
    2. Columbia Silver Ridge
    3. Cheap, functional, but zipper tends to stick and be finicky to fit together – would happily go with better system if found.

  32. 1. Short Pants
    2. Kuhn Kruger
    3. They are comfortable, light, versatile, and dry quickly

  33. I thought I entered a couple days ago, but don’t see my name so forgive if a duplicate…
    1. Long pants only.
    2. Fjällräven
    3: Love the fit & quality

  34. Joshua Gonzalez

    1. Long pants
    2. Ex Officio Bugsaway Sandfly pants
    3. Very light and bug protection, can be rolled up if it gets too hot.

  35. Lizelle Pretorius

    1. Long pants
    2. Columbia silverridge
    3. Quality.. and it’s comfortable

  36. 1. Shorts
    2. Generic sport shorts from KMart
    3. Very cheap, comfortable, Lasted me ~4 years, cool and they don’t get sweaty

  37. 1. Zip off pants
    2. Prana Stretch Zion Convertible Pant
    3. Flexibility, both in terms of being zip off and in terms of the stretchy material.

  38. 1. short pants
    2. Kathmandu branded Preto Mens Shorts
    3. quick drying, good pockets

  39. Hnglodragun.
    1. Zip off
    2.LL Bean Cresta zip off
    3.lightweight and comfortable

  40. 1. convertible zip-off
    2. Kuhl Renegade
    3. Fit great, super comfortable & can take a beating