OSPREY LEVITY 45 £220
USED BY Graham Thompson, comfort-loving technical editor USED FOR 9 months
Billed by Osprey as ‘a new pinnacle in lightweight ventilation’, the Levity comes in two sizes, 60 litres and 45 litres. I’ve used both this year, but it was the 45-litre version that most impressed me on my 780km walk along the Camino de Santiago trail from France to Spain. At just 850g it is lighter than most packs of its capacity, but more importantly it’s also far more comfortable for its weight.
It features Osprey’s Airspeed ventilated trampoline back panel, which holds the pack away from the wearer to allow more airflow and keep you cool in hot weather, but it also feels like I am sinking into a really comfortable armchair!
The pack has a fixed lid to the main draw corded opening, so there is no fear of water creeping into the contents. You then get good side and front stash pockets as well as a big lid pocket.
The shoulder straps and hipbelt are not as well stiffened as heavier packs, so this pack isn’t ideal if you really load it down, and this is most noticeable in the bigger 60-litre version. Keep the weight around 10kg and it is fine though.
The materials are lighter than others, and they have developed some small wear marks and a couple of 5mm tears over the months. So, while I have taken this over Munros, including scrambling over Liathach, I wouldn’t recommend it as the pack is really not made for such abrasive situations. It is, however, perfect for overnight backpacking on easier terrain and I have used the 60-litre version for wild camping in the hills very successfully. The 45-litre version is ideal for walking waymarked long-distance paths with hut or hostel accommodation, and I would take this on the West Highland Way for
example. The combination of the Levity 45’s capacity, weight and airflow was perfect for walking the Camino de Santiago.