Lightwave Fastpack 50 2011

Weighing in at just 1100g, the Lightwave Fastpack 50 is the lightest sack we looked at – and yet it has a capacity of 50 litres, making it bigger than most on test.
The majority of the weight saving comes from the simplicity of its design, which you’ll either love or hate. You get a fairly simple back system with foam padding and some large holes in the hipbelt to stop it getting too sweaty, but you don’t get the fancy airflow or adjustable back systems of other rucksacks. The body is very simple too, with one main compartment with a hydration pocket, some stretch wand pockets and side compression straps with quick-release buckles.
This all works well, and the Lightwave Fastpack 50 will suit those who prefer a more functional, simple design. The lid has a nice big pocket and – as it’s not a floating design – there’s no risk of water leaking into the main compartment. I love this sack for its weight and simple stripped-down functional design, but it won’t suit everyone.

Price £115
Weight 1100g
Capacity 50 litres
Internal compartments 1
External pockets 1
Wand pockets yes
Hydration pocket yes
Ice axe loops 2
Back lengths 1
Floating lid no
Women’s option no
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Features 4
Design/build 5
Comfort 4
Performance 5
Value 4
Overall 4

The Lightwave Fastpack 50 is a superb price and weight for a 50-litre sack, and if you like one compartment for your gear rather than lots of pockets, it’s ideal.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine September 2011