Osprey Levity Ultralight Backpack Review: Lightweight and Ventilated

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The Osprey Levity is an ultralight backpack that comes in both 60L and 45L sizes. Weighing just under 2 lbs, these backpacks are a game-changer for backpackers looking for a cooler and drier experience. With...

Osprey Levity Backpack Review

The Osprey Levity is an ultralight backpack that comes in both 60L and 45L sizes. Weighing just under 2 lbs, these backpacks are a game-changer for backpackers looking for a cooler and drier experience. With a suspended mesh back, the Levity provides excellent ventilation. But how does it compare to other backpacks on the market? Let's dive into the details.

Specs at a Glance:

  • Osprey Levity 60L (weight): 31.8 oz (tested, size large)
  • Osprey Levity 45L (weight): 29.7 oz (tested, size medium)
  • Type: internal frame, suspended mesh, top lid
  • Bear canister compatibility: 60L (vertical), 45L (vertical)
  • Maximum recommended load: 60L (30 lbs); 45L (25 lbs)
  • Fabric:
    • Inner pack body: 30 denier silnylon body
    • External pockets/bottom: 210d nylon x 200 d UHMWPE (similar to Dyneema) grid

A Note on Sizing

One thing to note about Osprey backpacks is that their size specifications can be off, and the Levity is no exception. It's recommended to buy one size larger than you think you need, as the Levity runs small. Additionally, make sure the hip belt wings cover your front hip bones, as an improper fit can lead to discomfort.

Backpack Organization and Storage

The Levity follows the classic Osprey design, with a fixed top lid pocket, drawstring closure, fixed length hip belt, and side water bottle pockets. The 60L and 45L versions don't have hip belt or shoulder strap pockets like the new Osprey Exos. The main compartment is spacious, especially in the 60L pack, and features a transparent silnylon fabric that allows for easy organization. The pack also includes dual side pockets and a large front pocket for additional storage.

No mesh on the side or front pockets on the Levity Caption: There’s no mesh on the side or front pockets on the Levity to tear, adding considerably to the pack’s durability.

Backpack Compression and External Attachment System

The Levity utilizes a z-style side compression system to bring the front of the pack closer to your back. However, this system limits your ability to target compression points inside the main compartment. Additionally, the long compression cords can catch on overhanging vegetation. The front pocket features two daisy chains for attaching extra gear, providing customization options. While not as functional as other compression systems, the Levity's design allows for excellent external gear storage.

Backpack Frame and Suspension System

With a perimeter wire frame and suspended mesh back panel, the Levity offers ventilation and flexibility. The springy frame provides lateral flex but can cause a slight backward tilt when fully loaded. The mesh back, although ventilated, is not as supportive as other Osprey backpacks like the Atmos AG or Aether AG. The hip belt is lightly padded and doesn't provide as much load transfer to the hips as other backpacks. However, the Levity's curved frame distributes the load evenly and offers a secure fit.

The Levity is an internal frame pack with a suspended mesh back for improved ventilation Caption: The Levity is an internal frame pack with a suspended mesh back for improved ventilation

Recommendation

The Osprey Levity 60L and 45L backpacks are excellent choices for those seeking a lightweight and ventilated backpacking experience. Boasting durability and the absence of external mesh, these packs are built to last. The external daisy chains and gear loops provide ample customization options, while the large top lid pocket offers convenient external gear storage. If you prioritize a ventilated, suspended mesh back, the Levity backpacks are worth considering. Plus, being able to try them on in retail stores helps to further demystify and accelerate the adoption of lighter weight outdoor gear.

Disclosure: The author purchased these products with his own funds.

See Also

  • Gregory Packs Optic 58 Backpack Review
  • 10 Best Ventilated Backpacks

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