Lightwave Fastpack 40

At just £80 this 30-40 litre rucksack provides pretty much everything that most hill-walkers want. It weighs in at a respectable 1160g. The material is a little lighter than others, but it’s still good and tough. To help keep rain out you get welded and taped seams so there is less need for a waterproof liner (if any need?). The main compartment also gets a good snow-lock extension. The lid is a conventional design with a good deep pocket in the top. The back system is well-padded with foam, yet it is still a simple design that you can throw on your back and forget about on the hill. The hip fins are unusual, as they have cutaway areas to reduce weight and improve the fit. The body has a set of compression straps to stabilise the load as well as stretch wand pockets to make stowing trekking poles a breeze. But there are some sacks that are lighter with a similar design (however their prices may be higher). Other sacks have more elaborate airflow back systems that may be better in warmer weather. A single-lock closure on the lid would be even better in my view.

 

Capacity: 40 litres
Fabric: 300D mini-ripstop polyester, 420D nylon on wear areas
Features: padded back system; top tensioning straps, external and internal lid pocket, wand pockets, compression straps, twin ice axe/pole attachment points
Weight: 1160g
Made in: China
Stores in the UK: 30

Verdict: If you want a sack at a reasonable weight and a reasonable price with only practical features, this is ideal for the hill-walker.

 

First published in Trail magazine, May 2008