Is Osprey's Levity backpack the lightest hiking bag ever?

Weighing only 1.8 pounds, this will be the outdoor brands lightest backpack to date.

July 28, 2017

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Weighing only 1.8 pounds, this will be the outdoor brands lightest backpack to date.

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Conquering the great outdoors requires the right amount of gear and equipment, which, depending on the total weight and duration of the trek, can put a huge strain on one's back. This is the reason why a backpack's weight and its ability to distribute weight evenly are among the main factors outdoor enthusiasts consider when choosing a hiking bag.

US-based outdoor bags specialist Osprey has taken these attributes up a notch with the release of the Levity backpack. Part of the brand's 2018 collection unveiled at the recently concluded Friedrichshafen OutDoor trade show in Germany, the backpack won't actually levitate, but may be close to, with the 60L version weighing only 1.8 pounds. The number is a huge drop from the company's standard backpacks, which usually start at the 5-pound mark.

The Levity backpack is lightest bag from Osprey, which called the product "The Ventilated Pinnacle." The bag might as well be the lightest in the 60L class, with only Hyperlite Mountain Gear's 2400 Southwest weighing less at 1.12 pounds but only with a 50L capacity.

The Levity backpack adopts Osprey's lightweight NanoFly fabric and Airspeed suspension. The suspended mesh back system, which is widely used in the company's selection, provides cooling airflow, and helps distribute weight evenly across the back and hips. The bag also comes with lightly padded mesh straps and waist belt for added ventilation, and a large main compartment and specialized pockets for storing maps, water bottles and other items. Unlike other ultralight backpacks in the market that have a roll-top closure, the Levity bag features a roomy top-lid that can be used to store keys, headlamps and other small gear.

Osprey's Levity backpack impressed the trade show organizers so much that it bagged this year's OutDoor award for the best backpack.

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