Lightwave Fastpack 50 (2012)

Lightwave’s Fastpack range of rucksacks is designed for winter trips or lightweight weekend backpacking trips, and they benefit from being much lighter than the average 50 litre rucksack (this is 1162g). Also when compared to other 50 litre packs they are larger too, so you may actually feel the Fastpack 40 is big enough for your needs at just £100 and 1100g. The Fastback 50 is more water-resistant than most too, as the seams on the body and lid are either welded or taped to keep water out. The back system is simpler than many, with just a moulded back panel with internal aluminium stays providing support and load transfer to the hipbelt, which is moulded to fit around the hips. The back system is close-fitting and stable, but it is not quite as comfortable as more elaborate back systems on higher-priced packs. The body of the sack has compression straps, which can be cinched in to stabilise the load, but the wand pockets are quite baggy and not as durable as those on other packs I suspect. The lid gets a big pocket and has twin buckles, but there are no additional pockets or means of stashing jackets on the Lightwave Fastpack 50.

Weight 1162g
Capacity 50 litres
Compartments 1
External zipped pockets 1
Wand pocket yes
Compression straps yes
Men’s back lengths 52cm
Women’s back lengths none



The Lightwave Fastpack 50 is a light sack with a higher volume than its 50 litre capacity suggests. Generally speaking this is a great option for overnight hill and mountain walking, but others are better for scrambling and mountaineering.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine October 2012