• XS Capacity/Weight/Colour/Dimensions 1.25 litres / 22 grams / Blue / 15x10x10cm
  • S Capacity/Weight/Colour/Dimensions 5l litres / 22 grams / Lime / 20x13x13cm
  • M Capacity/Weight/Colour/Dimensions 8 litres / 25 grams / Terracotta / 25x15x14cm
  • L Capacity/Weight/Colour/Dimensions 13 litres / 30 grams / Yellow / 30x18x16cm
  • L Capacity/Weight/Colour/Dimensions 17 litres / 40 grams / Red / 36x20x19cm
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  • Cost $34.95

Exped Zip Pack UL

Rating

Rating:                 9.0 / 10

Value for Money   2.2 / 2.5

Versatility           2.3 / 2.5

Weight                 2.5 / 2.5

Durability          2.0 / 2.5

Exped Zip Pack UL

These packs/packing cells are aimed squarely at the ultralight hikers amongst you. The Exped Zip Pack UL (UL stands for ‘ultra light’) is one of the lightest packing cells on the market and in Australia at least the most readily available although you will definitely need to search to find them. Any number of brands on the market produce similar products which are cheaper but will typically be twice the weight for the given size. This is where the weight versus cost decision comes in.

I have been using the Expeds for over a year now and while not a card carrying ‘gram weeny‘ I am slowly trimming weight off my gear in an attempt to go as lightweight as possible as I work up to some long multi week hikes over the coming years. My journey towards becoming an ultralight hiker is a work in progress and one I may never reach given the additional podcasting and blogging gear I carry and the selected luxury items I’m not willing to do without. For me this journey is about making hiking as comfortable as possible and its amazing how the grams add up.

The Exped Zip Pack UL packs range in size from XS, S, M, L and XL. I personally use three of these bags (XS, S and L) and find that as a large male I can fit my clothing (that I am not wearing) into the large size which has a 13 litre capacity. I also use the large size as my pillow. These packs are very lightweight, well made, and while they don’t claim to be waterproof they are sold as weatherproof. The seams are sealed and the zip provides a pretty good seal. I have found that they will cope with heavy rains quite well.

These packs are colour coded so when its dark and you are looking for a particular cell they are very easy to find in a dark tent as the zipper pull is also fluorescent so you don’t need to get your torch out when you are in bed at night to locate your bag.

If you are a gram weeny then these little packing cells may be the ones for you. If you are the typical hiker and don’t really care about an extra 100 grams here or there then these are definitely for you.

Exped Zip UL Packs. The 1 litre water bottle on the left provides a size comparison. The packs in order are extra small, small, medium and large. The extra large pack is not shown and is not a size I normally use

Exped Zip Pack UL extra small size next to a 1 litre water bottle. I use this pack for storing bits and pieces including my battery pack, compass and headlight

Exped Zip Pack UL medium size next to a 1 litre water bottle. I use this pack for storing my podcast recorder

Exped Zip Pack UL medium size next to a 1 litre water bottle. I don’t use this size but Gill will pack her clothes in this size and may use two of them

Exped Zip Pack UL large size next to a 1 litre water bottle. As a large male I use this pack for storing my clothing including my lightweight down jacket. This pack also doubles as a pillow for me

Being used as a pillow. When camping this ‘pillow’ sits off the end of the sleeping pad as I don’t like bulky pillows. If bulky is your preference then use it on top of your sleeping pad

We Like

  • These weatherproof packs are great for providing additional protection against the elements particularly for your technology
  • Protect all you gear from getting covered in the fine dust that is so common in central Australia and other arid zones
  • Colour coded bags allow you to easily choose the correct bag when there is minimal light
  • Seam sealed to protect your gear from the wet
  • Weatherproof zip
  • Almost weightless which all goes to helping you reduce the impact on your body

 

Glow in the dark zipper pull

Seam sealed to provide extra protection for all your equipment

We Don't Like

  • These are not the cheapest packing cells on the market!
  • They are tough but be careful with sharp objects
  • Can be hard to find in stores but are easy to order online (see below)

Best Uses

For hikers looking to shave grams and be organised

Buy One

  • Brisbane – K2
  • Canberra – Mont
  • Melbourne – Bogong
  • Sydney – Mountain Equipment

You may find this product through other retailers

Investment

  • Exped Zip Pack UL extra small $34.95 AUD
  • Exped Zip Pack UL small $39.95 AUD
  • Exped Zip Pack UL medium $44.95 AUD
  • Exped Zip Pack UL large $49.95 AUD
  • Exped Zip Pack UL extra large $59.95 AUD

Disclaimer

This review was done with product purchased from a retail store by the reviewer

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