OS­PREY LEV­ITY 45 £220

USED BY Gra­ham Thomp­son, com­fort-lov­ing tech­ni­cal editor USED FOR 9 months

Trail (UK) - - USED & ABUSED -

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.

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