If you were looking for one pack to cover everything from day walks to multi-day trips, you wouldn’t go far wrong with the Lightwave Fastpack 40. At just 1160g it’s light enough to warrant its name and it has sufficient capacity to swallow overnight gear and let you carry it in comfort. The material used here is lighter than others on test, and although I have put crampon spikes through the snow-lid in the past, the overall feel is sufficiently durable and tough. There are no hip pockets but you do get a deep lid pocket and well-angled mesh pockets at the side so you can stash and access water bottles easily. It has enough flexibility to work on day walks and multiday trips all year round (thanks to the ice axe loops) and it’s remarkably comfortable. But Lightwave (like its sister brand Crux) uses long poles to keep shape in the back, which tended to restrict my head movement when scrambling or climbing, especially when wearing a helmet. I have removed these poles from my Crux AK37 and would be inclined to experiment with this pack as well. I needed the chest strap to keep the shoulder straps comfortably in place.
Capacity 40 litres
Fabric 300d mini-ripstop polyester,
Features two 8.5mm 7001-T6 alloy tube frames; prebent, moulded foam back panel; airmesh body-contact fabric; combination welded and taped seams; ice axe loops; lid pocket bungee; welded seams
Made in Far East
Stores in the UK 30
Without a doubt the Lightwave Fastpack 40 is one of the packs I would be most happy using. It is light, practical and very comfortable, and it will cover 85 per cent of what I do on the hill. I rated it as ‘Best Value’ in our test.
Review by Matt Swaine
First published in Trail magazine September 2010