Lightwave Fastpack 50 2008

For my money this rucksack provides pretty much everything that most hill-walkers will want. It weighs in at a respectable 1165g. The material is a little lighter than others, but it’s still good and tough. The seams are welded and taped to make them waterproof, so there is less need for a waterproof liner. There is a good snow-lock on the main compartment to further keep out the elements. The lid is a conventional design with a good deep pocket in the top. The back system is pretty basic with just a padded foam panel. It works great though if you are content with a simpler design. The hip fins are unusual, as they have cut-away 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 some sacks offer more airflow around the back, while others use tougher fabrics. Others have a lot more pockets and features too. If you are short on cash, then there are lower-priced options available. 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 1165g
Made in China
Stores in the UK 30
Verdict
A simple, effective, clutter-free option, which is ideal for those who want a sack that carries well and performs superbly on the hill without frills. We rated is as ‘best in test’.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine October 2008