Lightness vs durability
I bought this pack for its ultralight weight that is it. I dont expect features, they tend to come with additional grams. I dont need durability in a bag thats spending 95% of its time on my back. The levity offers comfort in its lightness and is durable if used in conjunction with ultralight kit. If you load this with heavy and clumbsy items it will break or tear. I do occasionally add a light drybag inside to boost the protection. The build quality is good, the materials need care but its a specialist bag not a bag for everyday. If you want durability Osprey have some very durable bags so dont buy this one and moan about it. If its a workmanship or a material breakdown problem talk to Osprey they will sort it, if you just wanted an ultralight bag with the durability of the Osprey Mutant then dream on.
Comfortable but Fragile
Overall a good and comfortable backpack. But! Very fragile, after the very first hike the fabric was frayed in four places. There is still fragile mesh on the back, I accidentally cut it and Osprey refused to repair it, I offered to pay for the repair, but they refused anyway. Be prepared for the fact that after a backpack breaks down, you will most likely have to throw it in the trash.
Extremely light, makes compromises to be so lighy.
I have had the Levity 60 for a couple of months and a good few trips now.
So far the quality is superb, the bag has been extremely comfortable and easy to adjust on the fly.
I have packed both heavy and light loads in the bag and it has been supportive and comfortable under both loads.
There have been some compromises to make the bag so light, some of the material (the top 1/3 that the hood covers) is very thin and there is not any extra storage pockets than is absolutely necessary. Personally, I take some extra care to make sure nothing sharp punctures the thin material and use a lot of dry sacks, so have no issue with the lack of pockets.
The bag is exactly as designed, hyper light and has a good frame that can take heavy loads comfortably. I would 10/10 recommend this bag and would absolutely buy again should I ever need to.
Used for 40 days. Good points...weight saver, no frills attachments suits my needs, easy to use adjustment straps, large, easy access, roomy top pocket, womens fit great, sits on my big bum. Bad points...side pockets very tight so difficult to store even a water bottle, gets grubby quick but cleans up with light wipe, base needs a darker cloth to avoid dirt and mud marking the pack, Once you get your pack down to 9-10kg it is a great pack and my pack of choice for multi day hikes.
Levity 60L after 18 months of use
I bought the Levity 60 and have used it on a number of multiday national trails, Overall its a very comfortable load carrier and pretty much does what it sets out to do.
I was a little sceptical when i bought it that it would be durable enough, but to date no rips, snags or tears on the main fabric after over 4 months of use. Definetely could be some improvements 1. the Sternum straps would benefit from more secure fixing, i have lost a couple (the excellent Osprey customer service have promptly supplied replacements) 2. almost impossible to get the rucsac to stand up on its own, which can be frustrating. 3. the mesh on the hip belt has worn badly, largely due to friction on the material covering the frame. 4. Hip belt tends to loosen itself in use. The compression cord takes a bit of getting use to. With the 60L it is easy to overload and carry more weight than the streamlined shoulder straps are probably designed for ....Less likely to encounter this with the Levity 45. But the benefit of not carrying circa a KG on the base weight of the rucsac outweigh the niggles.
a good bag
still stylish for such a big bag and very lightweight
I bought a Levity 60 through your second life site a few years ago, and I am very very happy with it. I am a DofE assessor as well as busy completing my ML. Needless to say I spend allot of time in the mountains. If I am completing a several stage / day hike, this is my go to bag. Ultra light weight, more than enough space, very comfortable. Basically it does what it says on the tin. If I had to knock it, my only criticism is that I cannot store my walking poles on the shoulder strap like you can on my other Osprey bag. I have just seen a 45 on sale and am seriously contemplating getting it.
Great in theory - but it does NOT last!
I really wanted to love this pack. If you look at the specs this pack is just superb: incredibly low weight (i.e. in the Dyneema packs territory) WITH a frame WITH a full ventilation system. So far so good. The only problem is that in order to achieve that incredible weight there has been a major compromise in terms of fabric (particularity the UHMWPE). This means that after every single trip I took with this pack I always come back with that little extra tear and I am now running low on repair tape :). So unless you don't care AT ALL about durability, do not go with this and simply upgrade to Dyneema or go with an Exos instead.
Countering Mike's score of one star because he won't download an App!
I don't know, either. However, it seems totally unjust for Mike to give one star (and therefore 'sway' the overall score) by giving one star - not for the standard of the product but because HE cannot be bothered to download an App! If Mike had given an average score based on those so far it might have been a bit more reasonable; laternatively, desoute the web page saying "you're reviewiong: Levity 45", Mike still thought he was reviewing the web page, not the product! I'm kind of surprised that Osprey leave it sitting there unless it's as an everlasting reminder of Mike's presence without which we'd all be much worse off.